Millennium artist Jon Mort will present his large-scale figures and intimate still life drawings in “Flight,” his annual open studio exhibition, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fieldstone Castle, 129 Marshall Point Lighthouse Road.

Known for his startlingly realistic graphite images, Mort also is a highly sought-after portrait artist whose work was featured in 2012-13 in an exhibition at the Phillips Museum in Lancaster, Pa., and two major gallery showings at the Carla Massoni Gallery of Chestertown, Md. Mort grew up summering in Maine and working on the Monhegan boat. When crew duties permitted, he would create fanciful drawings of sea creatures and gift them to the ferry passengers. A collection of these images became a book, “Monhegan Boat Sea Creatures.”

Captivated by drawing since childhood, Mort was able to paint his way through college and grad school, selling his artwork while earning bachelor degrees in fine art and classics from Franklin and Marshall College; and a master’s in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited his artwork in more than 20 gallery and museum venues. He returns to Maine each summer for artistic inspiration and to hold his annual open studio in tandem with his artist father, Greg Mort.

Jon Mort creates visual narratives using live models, props, lighting, weather elements if needed and creating each costume by hand. Along with his graphite figurative and still life images, he also will display his newest pen and ink giclée collection, “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

Mort invites and welcomes young/student artists to bring their portfolios for discussion and review during the open studio. For more information, call 372-8658 or visit

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