Mars Hall Gallery celebrates “Eleven” and opens “Outside the Box”

Elaine Niemi at Mars Hall Gallery

“60′s Chik” by Elaine Niemi

There are artists who create outside the main stream of art, sometimes self taught, but always their own vision. “Outside the Box” explores their individuality and uniqueness. Paintings and constructed sculpture made from everyday objects by Elaine Niemi depict her life in Maine. Her work was shown at the University of North Carolina last April in a One Person Show.

Antonia Small has combined her passion of modern dance, contemporary theater and photography in her pinhole camera work. A student of Marcel Marceau’s in the late 1980′s, she has performed in France, the US and on top of the world, on the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

Discovered on the Pont des Arts in Paris is Michel Maurice Lode. His mixed media works of les femmes are painted on any fabric available to him. The inside/outside metal sculpture of Brian Read, a whimsical genius, are made from old tools, car parts and assorted metal junk.

Jay Hoagland combines musical instruments, wood, stone, machine parts and found objects into his extremely creative metal sculpture.

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 assemblage work. Diane Green-Hebert, who has recently been accepted into the “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Show at the NAWA Gallery in N.Y.,N.Y., works with kozo and encaustic to create unique masks of Gods & Goddesses.

The show also offers paintings by C.W. Oakes and Jimmy Reed. “Outside the Box” is a feast for the mind as well as the eyes.

Nancy Baker Paintings

“Loaded” ( 11×11 ) by Nancy Baker

To celebrate Mars Hall Gallery’s eleventh anniversary over 30 artists from across the country are participating in a show titled “Eleven”. Artists were asked to create a piece 11″ x 11″. Encaustics by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso arrived from San Juan Island, Washington State, as well as a watercolor by Sara Hanna of Maryland and a pastel from Ann O’Hara from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition to the “Eleven” works there will be works by gallery artists Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Elaine Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Cali Veilleux, Barbara Major-Weaver, Ron Weaver, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

A reception for both shows will be held on Friday night August 22, 6-8 p.m. These are the final two shows for the 2014 summer season and both will be on display until Monday, October 13th. Mars Hall also offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles. The gallery is open 10-5 Wed. to Sun. through Labor Day and 10-5 Fri. to Sun. Labor Day through Columbus Day or by appointment and is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info contact the gallery at 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

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