Longtime seasonal artist Greg Mort and his son Jon Mort will hold collaborative open studios Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7 at the family’s historic Fieldstone Castle, 129 Marshall Point Road. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

“Greg Mort: Nightfall’

The highlight of Greg Mort’s year is David H. Hickman’s gift of 40 Mort paintings to one of America’s premier regional art institutions, the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md. The gift includes a $400,000 endowment to maintain, travel and create a catalog of the Mort collection. In June, Mort was honored to be the keynote speaker at the United States Capitol for the Congressional Institute Art Awards. Mort’s Art of Stewardship project received special attention on many levels in 2011 including a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a James and Anne Robinson Foundation award. It was the featured Earth Day story on Discovery News for their 3 million online readers. In April, he partnered with museum director Rebecca Hoffberger and New York Times writer Anne Raver to jury the second annual Earth Day Art of Stewardship exhibition and sale benefiting the Howard County Conservancy.

Mort lectured at the University of Maryland as well as Georgia Southern University in conjunction with his exhibition at the Averitt Center for the Arts. His artwork graced the spring 2011 cover of Washington literary journal Little Patuxent Review and currently highlighted on circleoblue.com for his Clinton Global Initiative Partnership with Circle of Blue the leading global organization studying the earth’s fresh water crisis.

On the international scene, Mort was one of 10 American artists honored by the Foundation for Arts and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) at the opening of the new United Nations Embassy in New York City; and he was selected to be a featured artist on the new Arts in Embassies Program website.

Mort will celebrate his 25th anniversary exhibition at Somerville Manning Gallery of Greenville, Del., with “Night Into Day,” an exhibition of new works opening Oct. 14. This fall also will find Mort’s art featured in the American Visionary Art Museum’s “All Things Round” exhibition opening Oct. 3 in Baltimore. Finally, Mort’s “Zero G Apples painting,” recently selected for the first art exhibition in space aboard the International Space Station, will have its public debut at the New York City premiere of “Zero Gravity,” opening first at the Charles Bank Gallery, to benefit the Challenger Centers.

For more about the artist’s work, visit gregmort.com.

‘Jon Mort: Ocean-Borne’

Jon Mort is a recent master’s graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design whose work has received enthusiastic recognition at the Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art and his recent Washington, D.C. He will display his latest collection of portraits, still life and large-scale graphite drawings. For more information about the artist, visit jonmort.com.

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