Mars Hall Gallery, 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131, invites the public to reception for tis final tow shows of the season Friday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. “Outside the Box” and “Eleven” will remain on view through Columbus Day, Oct. 13.

“Outside the Box”

There are artists who create outside the mainstream of art, sometimes self-taught and always committed to their own visions. "Outside the Box" explores such, working in a variety of media. Paintings and constructed sculpture made from everyday objects by Elaine Niemi of depict her life in Friendship. Niemi’s work was shown at the University of North Carolina last April in a solo show. Antonia Small has combined her passion of modern dance, contemporary theater and photography in her pinhole camera work. A student of Marcel Marceau in the 1980s, Small has performed in France, the United States and at the top of the world, on the Spitsbergen Archipelago. Discovered on the Pont des Arts in Paris is Maurice Michel Lode, whose mixed media works of les femmes are painted on any fabric available to him. The inside/outside metal sculptures of Brian Read are made from old tools, car parts and assorted metal junk. Jay Hoagland combines musical instruments, wood, stone, machine parts and assorted found objects into his creative metal sculptures.

Also on view are assemblage pieces by Bill Cook, who works in the minimal style; and Constance Kiermaier, who combines her skills as a painter with her mixed media work. Diane Green-Hebert, recently accepted into the "Poetry Bleeds Rust" show at the NAWA Gallery in New York City, works with kozo and encaustic to create masks of gods and goddesses. "Outside the Box" also offers paintings by C.W. Oakes and Jimmy Read.


To celebrate Mars Hall Gallery's 11th anniversary, more than 30 artists from across the country are participating in a show titled "Eleven," creating 11-by-11 inch works. Encaustics by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso arrived from San Juan Island, Washington State, as did a watercolor by Sara Hanna of Maryland and a pastel from Ann O'Hara from Lincoln, Neb.

In addition to the "Eleven" works, there will be works by gallery artists Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Elaine Read, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Cali Veilleux, Barbara Major-Weaver, Ron Weaver, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola. Mars Hall also offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles.

The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day, then Fridays through Sundays through Columbus Day or by appointment. For more information, call 372-9996 or visit

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