“The First Blade of Sweetgrass,” Nancy Baker.

Mars Hall Gallery offers three ongoing shows this fall and will participate in the St. George Business Alliance event, Touring Peninsula Art, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17.

The main gallery “Artists’ Choice” features an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Linda Funk, Nat Lewis, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; acrylic and oil paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeannette Steele Esposito, Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon, Russell Smith and Ron Weaver; and mixed-media collage by Eleanor Zuccola. 

As a tribute to Ukraine artists were asked to paint sunflowers with part of the proceeds going to Ukraine. As paintings have sold more have been painted. The “Tower of PEACE” show features works by five gallery artists and guest artist James Zoller.

Original paintings from the book “The First Blade of Sweetgrass” illustrated by Nancy Baker are showcased along with signed copies of the book. The book has won several awards including 2021 Maine Humanities Council and Maine’s Center for the Book selected “The First Blade of Sweetgrass” to represent Maine in the Library of Congress’s annual National Book Festival, 2021 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2022 Lupine Award, 2022 Association for Library Services choice as one of 60 Notable Younger Children’s Books, Reviewed in Friends Journal by Phila Hoopes and the 2022 Book Award for Children’s, Maine Literary Award Winner, named by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

Also on display is a large selection of 3D art by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Bill Nichols, Elaine Niemi and the late Rudy Rotter; a variety of quality crafts including decoupage by Davene Fahy and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens are alive with metal sculpture by Jay Hoagland and Brian Read. A ever-growing collection of antiques, handmade & vintage jewelry and vintage 1960s rock posters are also available.

Mars Hall Gallery is located at 621 Port Clyde Road (Rt. 131) in Martinsville. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, including Columbus Day, and by appointment. For more information, call 207-372-9996, visit marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.

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