Greg Mort THE SPIRIT OF MAINE Open Studio

Posted July 23, 2012, at 8:34 p.m.
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Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 5, 2012; 10:27 p.m. to 5:27 p.m.

Location: Fieldstone Castle, 129 Marshall Pt Rd, Port Clyde, ME

Contact: Greg Mort; 207 372 8658


Greg Mort and Jon Mort will welcome the community to their annual Port Clyde open studio to present Greg’s THE SPIRIT OF MAINE and Jon’s CONSTELLATIONS collections on August 4th & 5th. Both series ask age-old questions about one’s sense of place. Can the essence of your longitude and latitude define a person, influence thoughts, cultivate passions and ignite and temper perceptions of beauty? Father and son, who often share the same studio space have discussed, refined and continue to explore this dialogue through their art.

In celebration of THE SPIRIT OF MAINE theme Mort will formally present The George’s River Land Trust with the 2012 ART OF STEWARDSHIP Annual Recognition Award at 1 PM on Saturday. TAOS Award includes an unrestricted grant and a framed one of a kind certificate. Mort started THE ART OF STEWARDSHIP foundation in 2008 to support collaborative projects between environmental organizations and artists. Throughout the year he organizes and facilitates workshops and exhibitions encouraging artists to form long lasting partnerships and commitments with environmental groups. GRLT is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary with special events throughout the entire year including an ART FOR STEWARDSHIP show. Greg hosted a Star Party and Celestial Night Sky Tour at his home/studio Fieldstone Castle. Mort’s relationship with GRLT started over twenty-five years ago when he donated the funds from a painting sold to Port Clyde resident Dr. Robert Schweizer to pay for GRLT’s initial legal fees to gain non-profit status.

Mort was in the national news this week in an Art Imitates Life scenario. On July 21th, he presented his iconic Maine image The Tranquil Sea to Neil Armstrong marking the Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope First Light ceremonies. Mort painted the original large-scale oil of The Tranquil Sea in Maine in the summer of 2009. An astronomer as well as artist he has served on the Executive Board of the Lowell Observatory for over twenty years. Mort was also recognized this week by Bate College Museum for his inspiration and leadership of their current STARSTRUCK Astrophotography exhibition.

Mort considered canceling his annual summer Open Studio as he arrived in June without a single new work of art. He found himself in the enviable position of having every painting from his most recent exhibition, titled THE SPACE BETWEEN, purchased for a New York collector’s private museum at the Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. However, soon after his arrival in Maine, Mort was seen out and about painting. He explains: “Honestly, since first coming to Maine over thirty years ago, I’ve imagined a series of paintings honoring the spirit, the feeling that captivates me/us about Maine. Coupled with my passion for model making, inspired by Maxfield Parris’s handcrafted sets and models, I created the two figures used in the painting “Moon Men” and several other works. Perhaps they are Maine fisherman in the magical early hours of a star filled sky lifting our eyes toward the stunning beauty of the universe. I call them Payton and Eli Mannequin but more than likely they could be inspired by two of Port Clyde’s lobstermen Cushman brothers.”

Mort’s art can currently be seen in six museum exhibitions including The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. His 2011-2012 gallery shows began in October with the Charles Bank Gallery in NYC, followed by his twenty-fifth anniversary celebration exhibition entitled Day Into Night at the Somerville Manning Gallery and the Director’s Circle 2012 Exhibition for the Maryland Arts & Humanities Council show. As part of his Art of Stewardship Project he partnered with museum director Rebecca Hoffberger and NY Times environmental writer Anne Rave to host and jury The 2012 Art of Stewardship exhibition benefiting the Howard County Conservancy Gudelsky Gallery. Finally his sell-out spring show at the Carla Massoni Gallery ended the season with THE SPACE BETWEEN SYMPOSIUM sponsored by the Kent County Arts and Humanities Council hosting a 200 person Art and Science Salon and Panel discussion moderated by Academy Art Museum Director Erik Neil. Mort’s painting can be found in the permanent collections of many fine museums including the Smithsonian, Corcoran, Farnsworth, Portland and Academy Art Museum.

Greg Mort’s THE SPIRIT OF MAINE Open Studio, at Fieldstone Castle, 129 Marshall Pt Lighthouse Road, Port Clyde, Maine will feature artist presentations on Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM entitled Art & Science from his recent National Endowment ART

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