NHA Unveils Nantucket Art Colony Exhibition at Greater Light

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA), presents a new exhibition in partnership with Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) on May 25, 2018.

Greater Light Art Colony ExhibitionSelected paintings of the Nantucket Art Colony of the 1920s and 1930s will be on display, illustrating the history of Nantucket’s appeal to painters and art teachers who came to Nantucket and formed the Nantucket Art Colony, working from artists’ studios and gallery spaces created from the relics of Nantucket’s whaling past – clusters of shacks, boathouses, and old buildings along Nantucket’s waterfront.

The Nantucket Art Colony exhibition is curated by Robert Frazier, AAN Curator of Exhibitions, and features artwork from both organizations’ collections. Mediums of watercolors, pastels, dry-point etchings, and oils, on a variety of subjects from harbor scenes, pastoral landscapes, still lifes and portraits tell the story of the island’s transformation into a haven for artists. The work of treasured Nantucket artists such as Anne Ramsdell Congdon, Frank Swift Chase, Isabelle Tuttle, and Edgar Whitfield Jenney, among others, will be on view at Greater Light, once an artist studio and summer residence of the Monaghan family, and currently part of the NHA’s collection of historic properties.

“The NHA is pleased to partner with the Artists Association of Nantucket to present a range of works from the leading lights of the Nantucket Art Colony”, says Michael R. Harrison, Robyn and John Davis Chief Curator at NHA, “Sisters Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan came to Nantucket in part because of the island’s artistic community, and we are happy to be displaying these paintings in their house, Greater Light.”

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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