Greg Mort will open his Fieldstone Castle studio, 129 Marshall Point Road, to host "Island Worlds” Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7. An artist tour and talk will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. Mort also will talk about his recent trip to Finland and the similarities of the Maine and Finnish landscapes.

Mort spends each summer in Port Clyde, where he frequently paints on the many fascinating and mysterious nearby islands. He felt his Island Worlds series demanded a larger-than-life format to capture the wonder and mystery of these offshore oases so these new creations are on 8-by8-foot canvases.

Mort is a widely recognized American contemporary artist whose signature images combine his twin passions for science and nature. His art is in many prominent collections including the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Boston Museum of Science, Delaware Art Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, Academy Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Brandywine River Museum and the White House. His artwork has been exhibited in more than a hundred museum and gallery shows around the world. Current exhibitions include “Starry Skies of Art” at the Serlachius Museum in Mänttä, Finland; "Paintings of Maine" at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.; and “Two Roads” at Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville, Del. This fall, Mort will be the featured artist and speaker at the Peabody Essex Museum’s “Lunar Attractions” exhibition in Salem, Mass.

Throughout his career, Mort, a commissioned NASA artist, has used his art and his audience to promote environmental awareness. In 2007 he established The Art of Stewardship Project, his family foundation that supports and encourages ecological consciousness through the arts. In February, Mort will present the Art of Stewardship mission as the keynote speaker for the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md.

“Island Worlds” hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. As a special feature, the open studio will highlight information about the fine work of the Island Institute throughout the exhibition. For more information, visit gregmortcollection.com.

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