To teach is to touch lives forever. On Wednesday, June 23, Mars Hall Gallery will honor artists who have dedicated their lives not only to their own craft, but also to enriching the lives of others with the gift of creating art.

The "To Teach" show is in memory of five artists who taught at the university level: James A. Elliot, Portland School of Art; Robert Hamilton, Rhode Island School of Design; Donn Moulton, four universities and the Boston Museum School; Carl Sublett, University of Tennessee; and Ron Weaver, six universities including Yale and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Representing the high school level are artists Jay Hoagland, Holly Smith, Elaine Reed and Ken Martin, who also taught at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Artists who have taught at major institutions, taught workshops and/or teach privately are Linda Funk, Constance Kiermaier, Dick Kelly, Nat Lewis. Nancy Baker and Terry Wolf. Baker and Wolf are running workshops at Mars Hall Gallery. "To Teach" will run through Aug. 17.

St. George is a town of two ports, Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor. "The Tale of Two Ports" celebrates not only these two ports, but ports of departure and ports of call all over our planet. The show features watercolors of Port Clyde and Monhegan by Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis and Elaine Reed, along with oils and acrylics of East Coast Harbors and their surroundings by Jeanette Steele Esposito, Mimo Gordon Riley, Roger Kirby and Barbara Major-Weaver. Artists not only representing Maine, but also ports in Europe, the Islands and the mind are Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Cali Vielleux and Eleanor Zuccola.

In addition to the paintings are driftwood fish by Claire Perry, assemblage by Bill Cook, kozo and encaustic sculpture masks by Diane Green-Hebert, photography by Antonia Small, outsider art by Elaine Niemi and James Reed, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy and the Recycled Zoo of Brian Read. "The Tale of Two Ports" is on display through Aug. 10.

A reception for both shows will be held on Friday, July 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. with music by Ridge Review, featuring a recently released CD by Robin Elliott. The gallery is located on Route 131, 12.7 miles down the St. George peninsula, and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, or to register for a workshop or the "Eleven" Show, call 372-9996 or visit

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