Mars Hall Gallery will open its 2011 season Friday, June 24 with two exhibitions that showcase opposing styles of art, realism and abstraction. The reception for both shows will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131.

The main gallery will feature the realism show, “Art of the Eye.” For centuries, artists developed the technical skills in the realistic tradition of painting what they see. Always popular with the public, realism has withstood the test of time. The featured artists in this show are Nancy Baker, Ronald Frontin, Alison Hill, Brian Kliewer, Nat Lewis and Elaine Reed.  The realism show will run through July 24.

The paintings for abstraction show, “Art of the Mind,” will hang in the new wing. Abstract artists rely on representing their thoughts and feelings. The featured artists in this show are  Bill Cook, Charles DuBack, Robert Hamilton, Blanche Sefton Lutz, Edward Mackenzie, Ken Martin, Otty Merrill, Marylin Quint-Rose, Russell Smith, Carl Sublett and William Thon.  The abstraction show will run through July 17.

Works by Elizabeth Allen, Leo Brooks, Kris Johnson, Dick Kelly, Sharon Larkin, Donn Moulton, C.W. Oakes, Andy Rosen and Eleanor Zuccola also are on view. Mars Hall Gallery hours will be Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 to 5 p.m. For more information on the artists or the shows, call 372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

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