Mars Hall Opens Final “4 x 4” Show

KJ-In for Repairs1“In for Repairs” by Kris Johnson.

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor opens its final show in a series of three “4 X 4” Shows, 4 Artists – 4 Walls – 4 One Person Shows. “4 X 4, Every Painting has a Story” features the works of artists Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Elaine Niemi and Elaine Reed. The show runs through Columbus Day, Monday, October 12.

Kris Johnson’s paintings reflect her life in Maine and France. Her bold shapes and expressive use of color are as important to the story as her subject matter. Roger Kirby works in both oil and acrylic to create his abstracted landscapes. He transforms nature by manipulation of the paint creating texture and pattern in his meditative scenes.

A self-taught artist, Elaine Niemi’s work tells the story of her life in Maine. Her childhood experiences are illustrated in her paintings and assemblages. Elaine Reed, a member of WAMI, (Women Artists of Monhegan Island), is known for her deconstructed watercolors.  The play of light and shadow is the story in her serene landscapes.

The Main Gallery will feature “The Ever Evolving Eclectic Extravaganza of ART”. This Exhibition will showcase not only ART but an expanded selection of fine Antiques, vintage jewelry and quality crafts. On display are paintings by Nancy Baker, Leo Brooks, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon, Ron Weaver,Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

Also on exhibit are pinhole & encaustic photographs by Antonia Small, block prints by Ken Martin, mixed media assemblage by Bill Cook and Constance Kiermaier, whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry and cement relief sculpture by Priscilla Cross. The gallery offers a variety of quality crafts including turned & carved wood vessels by Dick Kelly, decoupage jewel boxes by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed- media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display throughout the gallery as well as outside in the newly expanded Sculpture Gardens.

The gallery is located at 621 Port Clyde Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Wed. thru Sun. thru Labor Day. Labor Day thru Columbus Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. thru Sun. or by appointment. Look for the big green dragon on the right 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit  the web at