Maine Illuminations: Artistic inspirations on the Midcoast
Artists Greg Mort and Jon Mort will reflect on the powerful influence Maine’s natural wonders and mysteries have had on their artistic development July 11 at the Camden Yacht Club, as part of the summer Sunset Series of talks.
The Mort father and son artistic duo work together in their Port Clyde summer studio but each creates in a very separate universe.
Greg Mort is a widely recognized American contemporary artist whose unmistakably modern creations have the classic feel of the Dutch Masters juxtaposed with startlingly modern designs. His signature images combine his twin passions for science and nature. Founding The Art of Stewardship Project (TAOS) he took this effort to a higher level, encouraging other artists to use their talents to collaborate and support environmental organizations.
Mort’s artwork is in many prominent collections including the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Boston Museum of Science, Delaware Art Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Academy Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Brandywine River Museum and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. The United States Department of State’s Art in Embassies program has selected many of his paintings for their cultural diplomacy efforts including an exhibition at The White House. Mort’s artwork has been exhibited in over one hundred museum and gallery shows around the world.
Millennial artist Jon Mort has received broad acclaim for his startlingly realistic colored pencil and large-scale graphite images and is also a highly sought-after portrait artist. Captivated by design and drawing since childhood, Jon received fine art and classics degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and his master’s in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jon’s creations have been shown in exhibitions at the Phillips Museum, the Portsmouth Museum of Art, and recently in a one-person exhibition titled “Living Legends” at the Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland. He has participated in twenty one-person or group museum and gallery exhibitions. His 2017–18 winter show “New Horizons” at Somerville Manning Gallery is featured in November 2017 American Art Collector Magazine.
This presentation is the first in a series of eight hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public.
Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, please contact the CYC office at 207-236-7033 or visit camdenyachtclub.org.
Camden Yacht Club, 68 Bay View Street, Camden; 207-236-7033