Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate the opening of two new shows with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, July 26. The gallery is located on Route 131, 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula.

In the main gallery, "Paint Out Loud" features the works of the late Leo Brooks. Brooks, known for his bold shapes and vibrant color, will be accompanied by his friend and painting companion Elaine Reed; the two painted together on Monhegan Island summers and would meet in New York and share their painting journey. Other painters in the show are Kris Johnson, Nancy Baker, Sharon Larkin and Monhegan artist Alison Hill. In addition to the paintings are encaustics by Otty Merrill; collage and monoprints by Eleanor Zuccola; and sculpted clay jewelry by Kathleen Kiley. "Paint Out Loud" runs through Sunday, Aug. 11.

Opening Wednesday, July 24, in the new wing, “W-O-O-D” celebrates this wonderful material with the sun glints on the clapboard houses in watercolors by Nat Lewis; drawings and paintings of old wooden boats by Carl Sublett; abstracted landscapes by Roger Kirby and Russell Smith; and woodblock prints and photography by Ken Martin. The show also features handmade kozo (wood fiber), paper and clay masks by Diane Green-Hebert; carved decoy birds by Stephan Hill; carved and turned vessels by Dick Kelly; photography by Antonia Small; and assemblages by Bill Cook and Edward Mackenzie. “W-O-O-D” will run through Aug. 18.

Mars Hall Gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Along with fine art, the gallery offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles; and a sculpture garden featuring the "Recycled Zoo" by Brian Read. Mars Hall also offers all artists a chance to show in its upcoming "10 Show" (register by Aug. 1), and there is space available for plein air painting with Nancy Baker. For more information, visit or call 372-9996.

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