The Drawing Room will open its primary show of 2010 with a 5 to 8 p.m. artists reception Friday, Aug. 13. “Moon Paintings,” featuring work by Jeannette Martin with other artists, will run through Columbus Day at The Drawing Room gallery, 864 River Road/Route 131.

“Moon Paintings” offers a series of watercolors by Jeannette Martin of Port Clyde and Massachusetts depicting the full moon in a variety of settings. A number of other local artists also will be showing moon or night images. On Monday, Aug. 23, the gallery will host an outdoor sketching party beginning just before moonrise on the evening of the Full Sturgeon Moon (a.k.a. the Full Red Moon or the Moon of the Green Corn). Those who wish to take part should meet at the gallery at 5:30 p.m. to carpool to the moon-watch site; or call¬† 372-6242 in advance for directions to meet at the site before 6:46 p.m. Artists are asked to bring their own art supplies; refreshments will be provided before and after at the gallery.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Martin spent many afternoons at galleries and museums in New York. Her interest in nature was born in front of the dioramas at the Museum of Natural History, and she has illustrated a growing series of children’s books for the Boston Museum of Science such as “Saving Salila’s Turtle: An Environmental Engineering Story” and “Mariana Becomes a Butterfly: An Agricultural Engineering Story.”

For several years, Martin has been inspired by the rising and setting of the moon in its many phases, and she utilizes the atmospheric transparency of watercolor to convey the subtleties of color and light on sky, meadow and sea. These are the special pieces she will be showing at the Drawing Room this year. Poetically, she writes “Of the Moon: Moon of my madness/moon of my peace/Magnetic moon,/changing seas, changing skies/Always changing.”

Martin studied art at Bennington College and later received a bachelor of art degree in studio art from City College on Staten Island. For three years, she was a full-time student at the Art Student’s League, where she studied drawing and anatomy with the great curator/teacher Robert Beverly Hale. Most recently, she completed a program in museum studies at Harvard University. During her 30-year career in the arts, Martin has worked as a painter, art teacher and graphic designer. Her paintings, drawings and prints have been shown and sold at galleries all over New England and are in many private collections across the United State.

Some of the other artists whose work is included in this show are Phoebe Bly, Pamela Cabanas, Sandra Mason Dickson, William B. Martin, Terry Wolf, Jane Derbyshire, Lee Gabriel and the late John Dehlinger.

The Drawing Room is located about half-way between Thomaston and Tenants Harbor. The in-home gallery is open almost every day, but one might phone 372-6242 first to check on hours. Inquiries are welcome about the full-moon sketching party.

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