A reception to celebrate "Manuel Rincon Retrospective" and the Hupper's 5ive will be held Saturday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mars Hall Gallery, 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131.

Riding the boat to Monhegan from Port Clyde, one can look to the right across the channel and see Hupper Island. In 1975, Dr. Arthur (Bert) Wills and his father bought a small cape built by a sea captain on the Northwest corner of this 500-acre island. Ever since, Bert Wills has shared his island home with several artists. In 1978, he acquired an island farm, which he called Bert's Boathouse University.

Luke Randall from Rhode Island came to paint on Hupper's in 1992, soon to be joined by his friend and fellow oil painter R. Michael Carr, also from Rhode Island. They were followed by three more artists in 1996 for the island’s best attended "art colonization" ever: Sue McNally and Theodore Tihansky, both Newport, R.I., based oil painters; and Manuel Rincon from Margarita Island, Venezuela. They became the Hupper's 5ive and painted on the island in October for several years.

Wills exhibited the resulting paintings in an annual group show at his Downtown Medical Associates office in Boston. All five have become accomplished artists. The Hupper's 5ive remember the late Rincon in the Mars Hall show titled "Manuel Rincon Retrospective," which previewed June 16 and runs through Aug. 6.

Rincon, a once a successful businessman, gave up the corporate dream to pursue his dream of being an artist. His work has been shown in Maine, Boston, Rhode Island and New Jersey, as well as in Venezuela. All paintings in the show are from the personal collection of Dr. Wills. For more information, call 372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

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