“The Drawing Group, DuBack and Company” opened Aug. 11; and “Northern Light” will open Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Mars Hall Gallery, 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. The public is invited to a reception for both late summer shows Friday, Aug. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The Drawing Group”

Some of “The Drawing Group” artists have been meeting for more than 30 summers to draw the nude figure in the outdoor environment. The venue has changed over the years and members have come and gone, but the core group remains constant. The Marsh Hall show is the brain child of Charles DuBack and features sculptures, drawings and paintings by DuBack and the other members.

The gallery is set up to represent a garden with sculptures by DuBack of the group members drawing the nude plein air. The group members participating in the show are Lois Anne, Sam Cady, Lois Dodd, Melanie Wissemann Essex, Shelia Geoffrion, Phyllis Janto, Cynthia Motian McGuirl, Jacque Rochester, Carla Sanders, Lynn Travis, Susan Headley Van Campen, John Wissemann, Nancy Wissemann Widrig, Sheila White and Deborah Winship.

“Northern Light”

In the main gallery, “Northern Light” features the people and places of Maine painted by Maine artists. The group show’s artists are Ronald Frontin, Alison Hill, Brian Kliewer and Nat Lewis. Frontin is the featured artist in the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual publication’s Discovery Coast magazine. Frontin is well-known for his portraits of Maine people, usually in their working environments.

Hill, a year-round Monhegan artist, also is included in Discovery Coast, in an article about Monhegan island. She is especially known for her work depicting Monhegan life. Kliewer, a self-taught artist from Rockland, concentrates on Maine landscapes. In this show Lewis, known for her sun glints (the way the sun reflects off buildings) also is showing new portraits of Maine residents, her attempt to preserve local history.

Also included in the main gallery are works by Elizabeth Allen, Leo Brooks, Bill Cook, Kris Johnson, Dick Kelly, Sharon Larkin, Blanche Sefton Lutz, Edward Mackenzie, Ken Martin, Otty Merrill, Cam Noel, Marylin Quint Rose, Elaine Reed, Andy Rosen, Russell Smith, Carl Sublett and Eleanor Zuccola.

For more information, call 372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

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