Mars Hall opens with ‘Memories’ and more

Jun 09, 2018
“Washed Ashore” is a watercolor by Leo Brooks, part of Mars Hall’s "Thanks for the Memories" show.

Martinsville — Mars Hall Gallery, 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131, opens its 2018 summer season Friday night, June 15, with 5 to 8 p.m. receptions for two group shows.

In the main gallery "Anything Goes," this evolving exhibit, will showcase oil and acrylic paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Jimmy Reed and Mimo Gordon Riley, as well as watercolors by Linda Funk, Greg Mort, Elaine Reed and Eleanor Zuccola; and Outsider Art by Ian Baird, Elaine Niemi, C.W. Oakes and the late Rudy Rotter. Also on exhibit are black and white pinhole photography by Antonia Small and mixed media assemblage by Ian Baird and Elaine Niemi.

The variety of quality crafts include decoupage by Davene Fahy, handmade leather journals by Karen Carroll, handcarved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. New this year is handmade jewelry by Nance Trueworthy. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display throughout the gallery, as well as outside in the Sculpture Gardens. Phase One of the show runs through Sunday, Aug. 5.

In the new wing, "Thanks for the Memories" will feature works by the late artists Leo Brooks, Bill Cook, Robert Hamilton, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Donn Moulton, Cam Noel, Manuel Rincon, Carl Sublett, Janice Tate, William Thon and Ron Weaver. The show honors these artists, as well as several recently lost members of our community including artists Jenifer Mumford and Carolyn Whitaker; a great patron of the arts, Peasy Love; and community pillars John Bly, True Hall, Les Hyde and John Shea; and Jay, the Miller's horse who had summered at the gallery from the beginning.

The gallery also offers books by several of its artists, mixed-media cards, a large collection of original 1960s and ‘70s rock posters and a variety of antiques and collectibles.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Mars Hall is located 12.7 miles down the St. George. 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

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