Greg Mort’s annual Open Studio

Jul 23, 2014
This untitled watercolor by Greg Mort will be named by a contest concluding during the artist’s annual Open Studio in Port Clyde.

Port Clyde — Greg Mort and his son Jon Mort will host “Double Vision,” their annual open studio weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fieldstone Castle, 129 Marshall Point Road. The event welcomes the community to a behind-the-scenes tour of both artists’ workspaces, inspirations and latest works of art.

This year’s title theme developed when Greg and Jon separately created paintings and inadvertently each gave them the same title. Father and son conceived seven additional titles and challenged the other to produce works of art inspired by the same names. They agreed not to view the other’s artworks until the exhibition was hung. The same-named works will be displayed side by side with the titles hidden and the public will be asked to join the process and identify which titles belong to each set of paired paintings. The artists will make a presentation about the development and dynamics of this process at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Greg Mort has been painting in Port Clyde for more than 35 years with neighbors, fishermen and lobstermen his earliest collectors. Now his art can be found in the private collections of three U.S. presidents and two vice presidents, as well as in the permanent collections of premier museums around the world such as the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and Air and Space Museum, as well as the Corcoran, Portland, Delaware, Farnsworth, Academy Art museums and many more. His lifelong fascination with astronomy and science is frequently reflected in his paintings; and Carl Sagan, Neil Armstrong and John Hendricks are counted among his patrons.

Mort has served on the Board of the Lowell Observatory for 20 years and he has combined his avocation and vocation as a NASA artist since 1983, producing more than 20 works of art inspired by man’s exploration of the universe. In 2008, he founded The Art of Stewardship Project to encourage partnerships between art and environmental organizations; past collaborations featured Maine’s Unity College and the George’s River Land Trust. This summer, it facilitated The Art of Stewardship of the Antarctic Exhibition and Seminar joining with the PEW Charitable Trusts, the National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program and The Antarctican Society to bring more than 170 artists, writers and scientists to Port Clyde from around the globe.

The U.S. State Department’s cultural diplomacy Art in Embassies program often highlights Mort’s art. Currently, the entrance to the White House’s west wing displays his thought-provoking oil “One World” and his “Plant Evolution” painting hangs in Secretary Susan Rice’s White House office, seen on a recent “60 Minutes” episode. This month, his large-scale oil of the Maine night sky titled “Stars Above” was selected for the new U. S. Embassy’s Permanent Collection in Islamabad, Pakistan.

To mark World Environment Day, Mort created a watercolor painting to engage readers and Open Studio visitors via a “Name this Greg Mort Painting!” contest. Entries can be made in person or on The Art of Stewardship’s Facebook page. Three winners will be selected and awarded a Greg Mort "Stewardship" Limited Edition Lithograph Sunday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. For more information, call 372-8658.

To learn more about “Double Vision” or Greg Mort see the July issue of Maine Home + Design Magazine or visit GregMort.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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