American artist Greg Mort is featured at the American Visionary Art Museum's 2017-2018 THE GREAT MYSTERY SHOW exhibition.
The Somerville Manning Gallery presents American artists Greg Mort and Jon Mort NEW HORIZONS exhibition opening reception Friday, November 17th, 2017 5:30 to 7:30.
Please join Biggs Museum of American Art's @RyanGrover Brandywine Conservancy 's Ellen Ferretti, Jonathan Mort and me for Somerville Manning Gallery 's #Environmental Awareness Through the #Arts Panel Discussion followed by a #Cocktail #Reception. http://www.somervillemanning.com
American artist Greg Mort will host "Dusk Till Dawn Open Studio 2017" at his Port Clyde, Maine studio on August 5th & 6th, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm. Mort will welcome guests to celebrate his 40th summer painting in Maine with special events through both days. An artist talk and tour will take place on Saturday at 1 pm. Greg will be once again showing with his artist son Jon Mort who will present "Maine Treasures Open Studio 2017".
The beauty of Maine has inspired artists for centuries but painter Greg Mort's experience is a bit different because he finds Maine’s star filled nights as captivating as its sun drenched or fog bound shores. For Greg each inlet and island has it’s own mysterious personality and mood bathed in sunlight or surrounded by an inky blue nocturnal sky showed with stars and a brilliant Milky Way. For the past forty summer he has been driven to capture these ever changing images ruled by the declination of the, sun, moon, constellations and shifting tides. Weather creating a landscape or a still life, he prefer to paint directly from life. This preference has bought him face to face with many adventures and challenges. Greg’s Artist Talk on Saturday at 1 pm will include details of both. Also, as a life long amateur astronomer as well as an artist he will offer perspectives and hints for observing the upcoming Eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017.
“From my first visit in 1977 the constant beauty and mystery of Maine’s costal and island communities have excited me. It has been my good fortune to witness first hand the tight knit and supportive families who, through generations of determination and tenacity, built strong foundations in Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde and our nearby islands. The hardworking fishermen of these coastal and island ports are a source of admiration as well as inspiration. During my first summer I would hitch a ride on lobsterman and friend Sherwood Cook’s boat the “Gwendolyn J” out to Little Green Island at dawn for a day of painting. When he competed hauling his traps he would pick me up and critique my artwork as we traveled back into homeport. Many evenings the Armstrong family welcomed me into their warm home and fed me my first lobster. Since then Jerry Cushman and siblings have generously shared their knowledge and experiences. Kind island folks welcomed me including the Whitehead family on Southern Island, the Porters to Matinicus, the Trevors to Mosquito, the Smiths to Grapham, the Huppers to the Brothers and many others.
It is my good fortune that Maine has not only given me artistic inspiration but our family the gift of community. “
Carla Massoni Gallery Presents:
FULL CIRCLE ~Greg Mort & Jon Mort
April 1 - 30, 2017
Opening Reception: 10-5 Saturday, April 1
Artists Talk 1 pm Saturday, April 1 April First Friday Reception Friday, April 7 5-7:30 pm
Wednesday - Friday 11-4
By Chance or by Appointment Sunday-Tuesday
ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE OF CHARGE
Greg Mort Artist Statement:
Creative journeys often start with wonder. On a recent visit to the Uffizi in Florence I viewed Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo and was captivated by the image, it’s circular design and especially the three dimensionality of the figures. Popular legend holds that Michelangelo had viewed da Vinci’s Madonna and St Anne while working on the David and this influenced his composition.
This experience ignited my desire is to transform a two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional as well as spherical form forcing the viewer to “see and wonder beyond the image”.
Greg Mort – eARTh – The Art of Stewardship Traveling Collection will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium from December 20, 2016, through February 22, 2017. This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art Show Partnerships:
The Howard County Conservancy
The Howard County Conservancy, a non-profit organization, reaches more than 20,000 people each year through their environmental education programs. The Conservancy offers activities for children and adults throughout the year at our 232-acre Mt. Pleasant farm in Woodstock and at Howard County’s Belmont Manor and Historic Park in Elkridge. Please call 410-465-8877or visit www.hcconservancy.org for further information.
The Art of Stewardship (TAOS)
The Art of Stewardship is the creation of The Mort Family Foundation, and its founder, internationally acclaimed artist Greg Mort. The Art of Stewardship encourages artists to display their innovation, creativity and unique perspective on natural subjects, thereby inspiring viewers to explore, appreciate and care for our Earth as stewards. www.gregmortcollection.com
Medomak Retreat Center
Medomak Retreat Center in Washington, Maine, provides a place of simplicity, restoration, and camaraderie. A place of beauty, character and antiquity, it inspires both new experiences and profound relaxation. Medomak provides an ideal setting for bringing together individuals with a common interest and immersing them in the natural world. www.medomakretreatcenter.com
Greg Mort through his Art of Stewardship Project is pleased to support MAEOE. The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) encourages, engages and empowers the community to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world. We provide Professional Development and resources to support providers of environmental education in schools, nature centers, and informal settings throughout the state, who encourage students to explore, investigate and act. Environmental actions improve the health of the schools and communities in which Maryland’s children learn and live.
Calling All Earth Lovers
Artist Greg Mort and the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College invite you to respond to the question, What does earth stewardship mean to you?
Submit a visual answer in the form of a 4” x 6” color photo or digital image. Beginning January 3, 2017, the images collected up until that point will be used to create a large-scale, site-specific photo collage installation which will continue to expand for the duration of the exhibition through February 22, 2017. This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the MAEOE conference and the exhibit Greg Mort – eARTh – The Art of Stewardship. An artist talk and reception will be held Friday, February 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rosenberg Gallery.
On view October 15, 2016 to September 4, 2017
Located in the: Art & Nature Center
As Earth's closest celestial body and only natural satellite, the moon has engaged our curiosity and imagination over millennia and across cultures. Contemporary artists use the moon as both a source of inspiration and investigation. Lunar Attraction features artworks and interactives that explore our longstanding fascination and connection with the moon, ranging from myths about the connection between werewolves and the full moon to the gravitational pull that controls Earth's tides to the 21st-century international race to build a base on the moon.
Lunar Attraction features works by Michael Benson, Adam David Brown, Craig Dorety, Fred Espenak, Foster + Partners, Sharon Harper, Beth Hoeckel, Mike Libby, Scott Listfield, Vera Lutter, Greg Mort, Takashi Murakami, Young Sook Park, Adrien Segal, Reel Water Productions, Sputniko!, Peter C. Stone, Brian Thomas, Philip Weber and Joseph Wheelwright.
Susan and Appy Chandler, the East India Marine Associates and the Art & Nature Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum provided support for this exhibition.
Greg Mort: Moon Man
2:15-3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Recommended for ages 8 to adult
Meet NASA artist Greg Mort as he talks about his lifelong passion for the night sky. Learn about common moon misconceptions, how Mort's art ended up in the White House and the circumstances that led him to meet some Apollo 11 astronauts.
Greg Mort at the Peabody Essex Museum Art and Nature Center Board presentation showing his celestially inspired watercolor "The Sun, the Moon and the Stars"
Artists Greg Mort and son Jon Mort will host ISLAND WONDERS - Open Studio Exhibition on August 6th & 7th at Fieldstone Castle in Port Clyde, Maine. The theme of the show focuses on Maine's island communities and will feature recent colored pencil creations by Jon Mort and large scale oils by Greg Mort.
An Artist Talk will take place on Saturday, August 6th at pm.
THE STARRY SKIES OF ART
The Starry Skies of Art is the first review in Finland at the Serlachius Museum in which the distant cosmos is brought closer, both in old realistic depictions and in recent works of contemporary art.
The sky and its phenomena can be much more than the dramatic background of landscape paintings. Space, stars and the entire universe may be an integral part of the symbolism, theme and narrative of a work.
Art and science perceive the same world, but in different ways. In some cases, astronomy is an aid to interpreting symbolism, sometimes even a means to determine accurately the time when the artist sketched a painting. Sometimes the artist uses scientific discoveries and means in the service of imagination.
The exhibition Starry Skies of Art presents both Finnish and foreign works. Works of traditional art and fascinating contemporary art are included. Some of the works are being exhibited in Finland for the first time. Among them are works by American artist Greg Mort including his "ZERO - G Apples" that was exhibited aboard the International Space Station in the First Art Exhibition in Space. The exhibition gives a new perspective on art history and at the same time establishes connections to views of the universe that humankind has held at different times in the past.
The exhibition is curated by Helena Sederholm, Professor of Art Education at Aalto University, and Markus Hotakainen, a science writer, who have for a long time worked to combine art and science. They have published many articles on the theme in books, magazines and newspapers, and have given lectures at a number of conferences.
The Starry Skies of Art exhibition runs at Serlachius Museum Gösta until 8 January 2017.
"Oasis in Space" watercolor by Greg Mort
EXHIBITION EXTENDED UNTIL JANUARY 30th! Greg Mort and Jon Mort - TWO ROADS - A Father and Son Exploration
Somerville Manning Gallery presents Father and son artists Greg Mort and Jon Mort will exhibit works inspired by favorite poems and literature. They will explore the seeds of creativity and passion that ignite their artwork from their own unique perspectives.
THE ART OF STEWARDSHIP WITH GREG MORT
Presented by Somerville Manning Gallery and TE Connectivity Foundation
Wednesday, November 4, 6-8 p.m.
at Stroud Water Research Center
American artist and environmentalist Greg Mort ill provide a lively lecture highlighting the history and influence of imagery and the role artists play as “Stewards of the Earth.”
Mort time travels with his audience displaying the earliest known human drawings, important visual renderings of major astronomical events, shocking displays of candor from the Victorian era as well as iconic images associated with current society, such as the most requested photograph from the National Archives.
The talk is punctuated with poignant works of art that have influenced the course of history with special emphasis on environmental awareness and, most specifically,ort’s passionate interest in the planet’s fresh water concerns.
The artist’s own paintings are also interjected throughout and include works from his Stewardship Series that have been or are presently on display at the White House.
This lecture is free to the public but we ask that you please RSVP using the button below or by email@example.com or calling 610-268-2153, ext. 288.
GREG MORT & JON MORT will welcome friends and family to their annual summer OPEN STUDIO on August 1 & 2, 2015 10 am to 5 pm at Fieldstone Castle 129 Marshall Point Rd Port Clyde, Maine 04855 207. 372 . 8658. http://www.GregMort.com http://www.JonMortStudio.com
Trekkers will be hosting a special presentation, “Living the Art of Stewardship” on Wednesday, July 15 at the Strand Theatre. Featured guest speaker will be Mr. Greg Mort, a well-known contemporary artist and amateur astronomer, whose paintings have been the subject of numerous exhibitions. Mr. Mort will share his reflections on the impact the natural world has had upon him and his artwork, as well as his passion to inspire others to enjoy and preserve the Earth's gifts.
Chestertown RiverArts invites all artists to submit work for the second annual Art of Stewardship Juried Art Show, which will run from Thursday, April 2 through Thursday, April 23, 2015 in the RiverArts galleries. The Art of Stewardship exhibition kicks off "Earth Stewardship Days: Rev Up the Planet," a month-long series of stewardship activities devoted to expanding our community's understanding of the issues, creating inspirational experiences and promoting personal and collective stewardship actions.
Stewardship is the act of caring for that, which has been entrusted to us. In this exhibit we are challenging artists to look at the world around them through this lens. The protection of this planet is a responsibility we all share, and conveying that idea in art is at the heart of this exhibit. Essentially, this show is a way for each artist to be the messenger for an idea that promotes good stewardship of our world.
The Art of Stewardship Exhibition is a collaborative effort between Chestertown RiverArts and the Chester River Association, with the support of The Art of Stewardship Project and the Carla Massoni Gallery. The exhibition will feature works that express and exemplify the importance of being good stewards of the earth. Register online to participate. Because of the recent need to focus on the impact of our recent snowstorm, the submission deadline has been extended to the end of the weekend on Monday, March 2.
Internationally acclaimed artist Greg Mort, will judge the show and host the awards ceremony. Greg is the founder of the Art of Stewardship Project, a private
Maryland Artists Greg and Jon Mort Exhibit Together
Greg Mort and Jon Mort, father and son Ashton artists are living proof that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Their latest works of art will be featured in the BODY//WATER exhibition at the Carla Massoni Gallery opening in Chestertown, Maryland this Saturday, February 28th. Jon will offer a presentation at 12 Noon, Saturday February 28th. The Official Opening Reception is Friday, March 6, 2015, 5 to 8 PM
BODY//WATER includes Greg's large-scale pastel "Red Jacket" which was sparked by a hike father and son took together last fall into Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park in Silver Spring. "I immediately thought of the theme of the show (Body//Water) with the sun reflecting off the distant trees, the cool blue of the rocks and water, my son lost in his thoughts and the magic water has on all of us. I tried to record all of it in my mind's eye, the sounds, smells, and colors. Pastel seemed to be the right medium in order to transcribe some of the dreamlike qualities of that afternoon." Jon's interpretation of the BODY//WATER was inspired by the famed poem 'The Lady of Shalott' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in which a woman choses to break a curse that imprisons her, then travels down a river to meet her destiny. Jon builds and produces all his props and costumes so this image includes a full size boat he created for his model to pose in.
Although they share artistic genes and talents Greg and Jon have come to their avocations via very different paths. Greg hails from Syracuse, NY, is a self-taught artist and worked as a carpenter directly out of high school until his first museum show ignited his career in the 1970's. His works are in prestigious museum and private collection around the world including the Smithsonian and the White House. Jon grew up in Ashton, attended Sandy Spring Friends School, studied fine arts at Franklin and Marshall and earned a Masters in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He launched his arts career upon graduation in 2009 with his first museum show at the Portsmouth, NH Museum of Art and has continued non-stop with museum and gallery showings throughout the country. Jon is well known for using local Sandy Spring residents for his models and this is again the case for BODY//WATER.
BODY//WATER opens Saturday, February 28th, 2015 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Artist Talk at 12 Noon Saturday, February 28th. Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 5 to 8 PM.
For more information massoniart.com or 410.778.7330.
THE ART OF GREG MORT: SELECTIONS FROM THE
HICKMAN BEQUEST III
January 10 - April 12, 2015
Members' Reception: January 9, 5:30-7:30pm
Artist Tour: Friday, January 9, 5pm
From January 10 to April 12, the Academy Art Museum will exhibit paintings and drawings of Greg Mort. Internationally acclaimed, Mort is self-taught artist who hikes the rugged coast of Maine and travels the rural trails of Maryland with his brushes, paints, and canvases. Drawing and painting since childhood, Mort's professional art career star began to rise at an early age with his first museum show at eighteen. Recognized today as one of America's leading contemporary artists, his watercolor, oil and pastel images are in notable collections around the world.
When David Hickman passed away in 2011, he graciously left over 30 paintings by Greg Mort to the Academy Art Museum making it the largest public repository of the artist's work. This exhibition is the third part of selections from the Hickman gift. Born and raised in Centreville, MD, he felt the Academy Art Museum was the perfect home for his collection. Hickman first viewed Greg Mort's paintings in 1981 in an art show sponsored by his law firm, and he instantly made a connection with the art. Soon after, he began exclusively collecting Mort's art. The two connected on an intellectual level, sharing a love of scientific concepts and how they relate to space and the universe. For nearly three decades, the patron and the artist became true friends and conversed about a multitude of shared interests: science, cosmology, politics, humor,
movies, and fine art. When Hickman created the Promised Gift in 2011, he said about this gift, "I thought that since I was born at Easton Memorial Hospital just down the street from the Museum, this would be a nice circle. My idea is that the work is now available to a wide audience. And the people will have the opportunity to experience the magic of Mort's executions. This wide audience makes me feel great."
Greg Mort and Jon Mort DOUBLE VISION – Open Studio
Artists Greg Mort and Jon Mort will host DOUBLE VISION – OPEN STUDIO on August 2nd and 3rd, from 10 AM to 5 PM at Fieldstone Castle in Port Clyde, Maine. This annual event welcomes the community to a behind the scenes tour of both artists work spaces, inspirations and latest works of art. This year’s unique theme, DOUBLE VISION developed when Greg and Jon separately created paintings and inadvertently gave them each the same title. Father and son conceived seven additional titles and challenged the other to produce works of art inspired by the same names. They agreed not to view the other’s artworks until the exhibition was hung. The same-named works will be displayed side by side with the titles hidden and the public will be asked to join the process and identify which titles belong to each set of paired paintings. The artists will make a presentation about the development and dynamics of this process at 1:PM on Saturday August 2nd.
Greg has been painting in Port Clyde, Maine for over thirty-five years with neighbors, fishermen and lobstermen his earliest collectors. Now his art can be found in the private collections of three US presidents, two vice presidents as well as in the permanent collections of premier museums around the world such as the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and Air and Space Museum as well as the Corcoran, Portland, Delaware, Farnsworth, Academy Art Museums and many more. His lifelong fascination with astronomy and science is frequently reflected in his paintings. Luminaries such as Carl Sagan, Neil Armstrong and John Hendricks are counted among Greg’s patrons. He has served on the Board of the Lowell Observatory for twenty years and he has combined his avocation and vocation as a NASA artist since 1983 producing over twenty works of art inspired by man’s exploration of the universe.
In 2008 Greg founded The Art of Stewardship Project to encourage partnerships between art and environmental organizations. Past Maine Art of Stewardship collaborations featured Maine’s Unity College and the George’s River Land Trust. This summer it facilitated The Art of Stewardship of the Antarctic Exhibition and Seminar joining with The PEW Charitable Trusts, the National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program and The Antarcitcan Society to bring over 170 artists, writers and scientists to Port Clyde from around the globe.
The U.S. State Department’s cultural diplomacy Art in Embassies program often highlights Greg’s art. Currently the entrance to the White House west wing displays Greg’s thought-provoking oil “One World” and his “Plant Evolution” painting hangs in Secretary Susan Rice’s White House office as seen on a recent 60 Minutes episode. This month his large-scale oil of the Maine night sky titled “Stars Above” was selected for the new U. S. Embassy’s Permanent Collection in Islamabad, Pakistan. Greg’s artworks were featured in recent museum exhibitions in the Smithsonian’s “HIGH Art” exhibition and a solo show at the Academy Art Museum’s “Greg Mort – Selections from the Hickman Collection”.
Jon Mort’s DOUBLE VISION creations mark a new direction for the young artist as he ventures into mastering the realm of color-pencil representations. “It is like learning to draw all over again. The challenges and nuances of this simple material are deceptive far beyond my expectations”. Jon is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Masters in Architecture program and has exhibited his artwork for the past ten years in Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maine. His passion and skill in the figurative genre has generated a large following for his striking portraits and he has completed over 100 related commissions. Jon’s monumental graphite drawings were presented in his first solo museum exhibition “LOCAL LEGENDS” at the Sandy Spring Museum to rave reviews including a TV spot on WETA’s Around Town with Washington art critic and Tenants Harbor summer resident Robert Aubry Davis. In 2014 his artwork was juried into a group museum show at the Phillips Museum as well as gallery exhibitions at the Carla Massoni Gallery and Somerville Manning Gallery.
To learn more about DOUBLE VISION or Greg Mort see the July issue of Maine Home and Design Magazine, GregMort.com or www.facebook.com/GregMort. Updates on Jon’s work can be found on: JonMortStudio.com, or www.facebook.com/JonathanMort or call 207 372 8658.