Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate its 10th anniversary with two eclectic shows. The public is invited to an opening reception for both Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration will include music by The Ridge Review, as well as many surprises. Both shows will remain on display through Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14.

Earlier this year, a call went out to all artists and 66 responded. The new wing of the gallery will feature works in all media by artists from 10 states in a show titled "10." Among the early entries were encaustic works by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso of Washington State; “Rainbows” by Jimmy Reed of New Jersey; woven watercolors by Barbara Ernst of Vermont; pastels by Rebecca Yates Shorb of Maine and Pennsylvania; and acrylics by Jeanette Steele Esposito of Massachusetts. The show is not juried; each artist was allowed to enter up to three pieces 10-by-10 inches. There also will be 10 artists from Mars Hall participating in the show.

In the main gallery, a group show titled "If you lived here, you'd be home by now" features the gallery's stable of artists, focused on Maine. The show includes watercolors by Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; oils and acrylics by Nancy Baker, Alison Hill, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby and Sharon Larkin; encaustics by Otty Merrill; egg tempera by Terry Wolf; mixed-media by Eleanor Zuccola; silkscreen and wood block prints by Ken Martin; and photography by Antonia Small.

Also offered are 3-D works in the form of assemblages by Bill Cook and Edward Mackenzie; handmade paper and clay masks by Diane Green-Hebert; bronze sculpture by Cali Veilleux; turned and carved vessels by Dick Kelly; and carved decoys by Stephan Hill, as well as a sculpture garden featuring the welded metal creatures of Brian Read.

Mars Hall Gallery is on Route 131, located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Labor Day; then Fridays through Sundays or by appointment.  For more information, call 372-9996 or visit

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