Mars Hall Gallery will open for its 10th season Friday, June 21, with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception for "Local Color," a group show features the works of plein air artists Nancy Baker, Alison Hill and Kris Johnson; watercolors by Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Elaine Read and Carl Sublett; monoprints by Eleanor Zuccola; and oil paintings by Roger Kirby and Sharon Larkin.

“Black & White,” a mixed media show, will be on display in the new wing. Photography by Antonia Small will showcase a selection from her Port Clyde Fisherman Series that was shown in France earlier this year. The Olson House is the subject of silver gelatin and platinum prints by Ken Martin, who also will show woodblock prints. The show also features handmade paper masks by Diane Green-Hebert, etchings by David Paffhausen, encaustic works by Otty Merrill, drawings by Leo Brooks and Alison Hill, paintings and photography by Russell Smith, 3-D ART by Bill Cook and assemblages by Edward Mackenzie.

The "Recycled ZOO," a whimsical collection of metal sculptures by Brian Read, will be on display in the gardens. Also offered are carved decoys by Stephen Hill, turned and carved vessels by Dick Kelly and jewelry by Kathleen Kiley, as well a variety of quality crafts, antiques and collectibles.

This year, Mars Hall has planned two special events. There will be two sessions of plein air oil painting on the St. George Peninsula with artist and teacher Nancy Baker, each limited to 10 students with a minimum of five. And there is a call to artists for the August show "10"; artists are invited to create a 10-by-10-inch piece for the show. For requirements, more information or to register for these events, visit or call 372-9996.

Mars Hall Gallery is located at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131 will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or