“We the People” opened July 20 at Mars Hall Gallery to run through Aug. 14. On Wednesday, July 27, “Latitude and Longitude” will open in the main gallery to run through Aug. 21. The public is invited to a reception for both shows Friday, July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131.

“We the People” features works by Ronald Frontin, one of Maine’s most renowned portraitists. Frontin is known for his portraits of dignitaries such as Senator Margaret Chase Smith and Governor John McKernan, as well as those of people going about their daily activities such as picking blueberries, lobstering, digging potatoes, clamming and hanging up laundry. These portraits demonstrate Frontin at his best:  they reveal the essence of both Mainers and Maine and become not only portraits of people but also of place.

As respected as Frontin is as an artist, he is equally well-regarded as an instructor. He teaches his craft to aspiring artists at the Lincoln Street Center for Arts & Education in Rockland. Works by his students will be hanging alongside those by Leo Brooks, Charles DuBack, Alison Hill, Kris Johnson, Brian Kliewer, Nat Lewis, Blanche Sefton Lutz, Ken Martin, Carl Sublett and Eleanor Zuccola.

“Latitude and Longitude” refers to the point where latitude and longitude intersect to delineate a place or geographical location.  This show features the colorful European paintings of Kris Johnson, the abstract works of Charles DuBack and Russell Smith, the mixed media collages of Eleanor Zuccola and the more realistic land and seascapes of Nancy Baker, Alison Hill and Brian Kliewer. Also included are the scenic watercolors of Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett and the dimensional works of Bill Cook, Blanche Sefton Lutz, Edward Mackenzie, Marilyn Quint Rose and Andy Rosen that are either inspired by an actual place or one created in the artist’s imagination.

Mars Hall Gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. 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.