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.
Finding one’s passions and learning to appreciate the environment by using nature as a classroom and the earth as teacher are integral components of the Trekkers’ model. These are themes that are incorporated in Trekkers’ programs and are integrated into the six-year core program to broaden and expand students’ life experience. Trekkers’ six-year program builds mentoring relationships through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. Since 1994, Trekkers has worked with over 650 students, providing unique long-term mentoring services, educational programs and academic support.
The evening of celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-event reception at the Island Institute Gallery at 386 Main Street in Rockland, where reception attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet Greg Mort. Reception attendees will also receive preferred seating for the event at the Strand Theatre.
There will be a special door prize for the Strand Theatre attendees, a framed lithograph of Greg Mort’s watercolor, titled “Stewardship.” Mr. Mort will also be giving a lithograph of “Stewardship” to each attendee of the pre-event reception at the Island Institute Gallery.
Tickets for the public event (from 7 to 9 p.m.) at the Strand Theatre with general seating are $20; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The pre-event reception tickets for the Island Institute Gallery (with preferred seating at the Strand Theatre) are $45 each. Tickets are available at the Trekkers office in Thomaston, hello hello books in Rockland, and The Owl & Turtle in Camden. To purchase tickets for the event, or for more information, call the Trekkers office at 207-594-5095 or go to the Trekkers’ website, www.trekkers.org. Tickets can also be purchased online through Trekkers’ “Donate” page. All proceeds from the event will benefit the youth programs of Trekkers.
Trekkers would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity and support of this event: Atlantic Insurance & Benefits, Coldwell Banker Commercial SoundVest Properties, George C. Hall & Sons, Horch Roofing, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Rockland Marketplace and the Somerville Manning Gallery Http://www.Somervillemanning.com.
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. Mort’s art is in many prominent collections including the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Academy Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Brandywine River Museum and the White House. In 2003, he established The Art of Stewardship Project, a foundation that supports and encourages environmental awareness through the arts. During the winter Mort lives and paints in rural Montgomery County Maryland and in summer on the Maine coast in the village of Port Clyde. More information can be found on his website,www.GregMortCollection.com.
Trekkers is a non-profit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people in grades 7-12 with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. For more information about Trekkers or any of the upcoming special events, please contact the Trekkers office at 207-594-5095 or go to www.trekkers.org.