Mort exhibition marks Castle’s 100th year

Jul 24, 2013
Greg Mort’s 2004 oil portrait of the late Carl Sagan is featured at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Port Clyde — Greg Mort will host his annual open studio, “Fieldstone Castle Centennial Celebration,” Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 129 Marshall Point Lighthouse Road.

The 2013 open studio marks the 100th anniversary of the artist’s Port Clyde home/studio, built in 1913 by Russell W. Porter and restored by Mort in 1988. Visitors will view 20 new Mort paintings as well as a collection of memorabilia about Porter and his achievements as an artist, astronomer and arctic explorer.

Mort will display recent watercolors and oils, as well as images of his iconic portrait of Carl Sagan featured in the Smithsonian’s new “HIGH ART — A Decade of Collecting” exhibition, which opens Friday, July 26, to run through the end of the year; and his large-scale painting of planet Earth titled “One World,” now on display at the White House. Both paintings have a Maine connection. Sagan had used two of Mort’s paintings in his last book, “Pale Blue Dot.” Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan, visited Mort in Maine and commissioned the portrait, which was unveiled and approved by family members before being acquired by the Smithsonian. Mort’s “One World” painting was completed and featured in his 2008 summer open studio as he launched his Art of Stewardship Project; local project partner is Georges River Land Trust.

Mort’s work is found in prominent private, gallery and museum collections around the world including the Smithsonian, Corcoran, Farnsworth, Academy Art, Portland and Stamford museums. This year has seen a number of solo museum exhibitions including at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md., which has the largest public repository of the artist's work thanks to a David H. Hickman bequest during Farnsworth Art Museum director Christopher Brownawell’s tenure there. For more information about the artist’s work, call 372-8658 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.

Greg Mort, a longtime summer resident of St. George, is pictured with his 2008 oil “One World,” currently on view at The White House.
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