Nantucket Art Colony of the ’20’s and ’30’s Featured in New Exhibit

NANTUCKET – The Nantucket Historical Association will present a new exhibit this month in partnership with Artists Association of Nantucket.

Selected paintings of the Nantucket Art Colony of the 1920’s and 1930’s will be in display beginning on May 25.

Organizers said they will tell the history of Nantucket’s appeal to painters and art teachers who came to the island and formed the Nantucket Art Colony.

They worked from artists’ studios and gallery spaces that were created from Nantucket’s whaling past – clusters of shacks, boathouses and old buildings along the waterfront.

The exhibit is curated by Robert Frazier 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 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,” said Michael Harrison, NHA chief curator.

The work of island 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.

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