Art of the Sea will present “EXHIBITION 2011, A Gathering of Marine Masters,” a juried exhibit, Thursday, Aug. 18. The public is invited to a reception for the artists beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Art of the Sea at the Keag, Route 73. There will be entertainment by the Angela Anderson Duo and catering by Tracy Pleines.

This year’s 12th annual “Masters” promises to be the best yet and will include a number of new works of Maine from internationally renowned artist John Stobart painted expressly for this exhibit, as well as many works from members and fellows of the American Society of Marine artists plus many local artists both established and emerging.

In addition, Art of the Sea will feature work by three of the world’s finest ship model artisans: Lloyd McCaffery, known for his glorious ships of the line and admiralty models; Greg McKay (1948-2010), who was at one time modeler for the Pentagon and known for his tugs; and last but certainly not least, Steve Rogers, whose models depict everyday working boats in all their realism.

As a special treat, the gallery will varied work by three sculptors: Cathy Ferrell’s award-winning bronzes; Moby Wick Ahrens with his famous carved whales; and William Nutt, whose marble sculptures are truly magnificent.

Art of the Sea offers an enormous collection of nautical art from local, state, national and international artists in all media at its 4,500-square-foot gallery at the reversing falls. A proper sampling of all its artists work will be available in the entrance gallery. There are at least 100 half hulls and full rigged ship models from primitive decorative pieces to museum quality cased models on display at all times.

“EXHIBITION 2011” will run through Labor Day; the gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Everyone is invited to visit Art of the Sea, housed in the marvelous 19th-century waterfront building, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the reversing falls. There is always a place to park. For more information, call gallery director Joan Woodhull at 594-9396 or visit artofthesea.com.

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