On Thursday evening, Aug. 12, Art of the Sea galleries once again will present its eagerly awaited annual event, An Evening with John Stobart. The public is invited to a reception for Stobart, one of the world’s pre-eminent historic marine artists, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Art of the Sea, Route 73 at the ‘keag.

Original works on display from Stobart will include “Great Western,” “Venice,” “Cutty Sark Memorial,” “The Brig Pilgrim” plus several new smaller works painted expressly for this exhibit.

It is quite unusual to have so many of Stobart’s originals on display in one gallery as most of his newer works are destined for the Stobart Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed to perpetuate traditional teaching of the fundamentals of drawing and painting. The foundation awards scholarships to qualified and deserving students.

In addition there will be more than 30 rare limited edition prints, some remarqued, of Stobart’s most famous works available for inspection and sale. Stobart will give a gallery talk and will be open for questions on technique, research and all other facets of his work.

As a great treat, the evening also will host Stobart’s lifelong friend “from across the pond” Bert Wright, past president of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, with a display of many of his oils and watercolors painted in Maine.

In addition to the Stobart exhibit, the entrance gallery will feature selected works of Art of the Sea’s international group of marine masters, sculpture, stained glass, cannons and nautical instruments. Several additional upstairs galleries are filled with these works and some new faces including world renowned Patrick O’Brien. A collection of more than 100 ship models from some of the nation’s top artists also will be on display and more can be seen in the restoration shop.

Gallery director Joan Woodhull commented that in Art of the Sea’s 14-year relationship with Stobart, he has created a number of paintings, both historic and contemporary, depicting Maine’s maritime heritage at its best.

The reception at Art of the Sea at the reversing falls also will feature music provided by the Angela Anderson Duo. This exhibit will hang for two weeks. For more information, call  594-9396.

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