Each summer for the past 33 years, this tiny fishing village has swelled with art lovers the second weekend in August to see internationally recognized American contemporary artist Greg Mort; his summer studio, historic Fieldstone Castle; and his iconic paintings in oil and watercolor. For this summer’s open studio exhibition, Mort’s son Jon Mort will join him to display his remarkable bigger-than-life graphite drawings.

The joint open studio will run Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fieldstone Castle, Marshall Point Lighthouse Road. Cynthia P. Schneider, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Cultural Diplomacy at Georgetown University and well-known Rembrandt author and authority, will lead a discussion and artists talk with Greg and Jon Saturday at 1 p.m.

For the past year, father and son have been sharing a large studio space and the complimentary and contrasting collaborations and interactions have made for a surprising synergy neither expected.

The open studio will feature Greg Mort’s new Sea & Sky collection, as well as the images he shared at recent exhibitions in Paris, Venice and the American Southwest. Currently, his “Gifts of the Sea” Exhibition is ongoing at the Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art and his traveling exhibition “Nightwatch” is at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. In September, his works will be featured at the Brandywine River Museum’s “Reality Check: Contemporary American Trompe l’Oeil” exhibition and at the Somerville Manning Gallery. His work also be seen in many prominent permanent collections including the Smithsonian, Portland, Farnsworth, Academy Art, Sun City, Portland, National Air and Space and Vatican museums.

Greg Mort’s Art of Stewardship Project continues to grow through his partnership with Unity College, where he led the second Art of Stewardship conference last fall attended by academics, students and thought leaders.  Unity College has added an Art of Stewardship course of study that will allow students the opportunity to learn about environmental challenges and solutions through the arts.

Jon Mort’s provocative art has received critical acclaim in recent exhibitions at the Somerville Manning Gallery and the Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art. His work blends time-honored techniques with surprisingly prodigious compositions. For several years, Jon Mort has been a prolific portrait painter and  in his Songs of the Sea open studio he will present a new body of figurative graphite works focusing on an ongoing theme that explores assumptions about familiar classical myths with contemporary insight. A recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design masters program in architecture, he lives in Washington, D.C. and Port Clyde.

For more information, visit gregmort.com or call 372 8658.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.