Weaver, group shows open Mars Hall

Jun 14, 2014
"Elizabeth Chadwick," a lively portrait by Ron Weaver, is part of a Mars Hall Gallery show in honor of the late artist.

Martinsville — Mars Hall Gallery will kick off its 2014 summer season Friday evening, June 20, with two shows. The opening reception for both will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mars Hall, 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131

The new wing will feature "Maine & Me," a Ron Weaver memorial show. Weaver lost his battle with cancer in December and this show will honor the artist and his work. Weaver’s love for Maine started in the 1960s when he worked summers as an inn manager in South Bristol while attending several universities, eventually receiving his BFA and MFA from Yale in 1966. He also studied independently in London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Sienna, Madrid and Toledo from 1959 to 2003 and had a one-person exhibition in Paris in 1989.

Visiting Maine when possible, he eventually purchased land and a chicken barn and transformed it into a cottage/studio. He worked as an art professor at six universities in the United States and Canada, retiring as Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2004. In addition to the opening reception, there will be a memorial reception with members of Weaver’s family Sunday, July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. "Maine & Me" will run through July 20.

"Visual Conversations," a group show, will fill the main gallery. Conversations in art are relationships that can be literal as in the figurative works of Leo Brooks, Cali Veilleux, Terry Wolf, Eleanor Zuccola; and the kozo and encaustic masks of Diane Green Hebert and mixed media assemblages of Elaine Niemi. The conversation can be between colors or forms in paintings by Kris Johnson, Mimo Gordon Riley, Roger Kirby, Holly Smith and Barbara Major-Weaver; or the light and shadow in the works of Nancy Baker, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin and Elaine Reed.

Life’s journey, beginning to end, is the conversation in the botanical illustrations of Linda Funk and the Port Clyde watercolors of Carl Sublett. There also will be a variety of three-dimensional works including assemblage by Bill Cook, bird decoys by Stephen Hill, mixed media sculpture by Jay Hoagland, turned wood vessels by Dick Kelly, driftwood fish by Claire Perry and whimsical metal sculpture by Brian Read. "Visual Conversations" will run through July 13.

Located 12.7 miles down the St. George peninsula, Mars Hall Gallery also offers fine crafts and antiques. For more information, call 372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

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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