Monhegan Residency, 2014 Fellows

The Monhegan Artists Residency Program is pleased to announce the three recipients of the 2014 fellowships.  Multi-media artist, Victoria Statsenko, who graduates from the Maine College Art in May, will be the island resident from May 31st through July 4th.  The second artist-teacher residency from July 5th through July 18th was awarded to printmaker Scott Minzy, an art instructor at Erskine Academy in South China, Maine.  Falmouth painter, Jan ter Weele, will be in residence on the island from September 6th through October 10th.

The residency program is aimed at emerging visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, or the digital arts. An important goal of the program isto enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to gain wide recognition. Quality of work is the primary criterion for selection and the jurors for the 2014 application process were photographer and installation artist Elizabeth Atterbury;  photographer Bryan Graf, who teaches at the Maine College of Art; and Monhegan watercolor painter, Bruce Kornbluth. 

This year marks the 25th  anniversary of the Monhegan Residency program. Since its founding in 1989, the organization has sponsored the work 48 Maine artists including Marguerite Robichaux (1990), whose career was the subject of a retrospective at the Pucker Gallery in Boston in 2013;  Joe Kievitt (1996) and Alina Gallo (2011), both of whom had work chosen for the 2013 Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial; and Cynthia Davis (2006), whose inventive “map-making” received critical praise last year in the pages of the Portland Press Herald during her solo exhibition at the Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick.  This summer, the work of 34 former Monhegan Residency artists will be the focus of a special exhibition at Thos. Moser’s Freeport, Maine, showroom and gallery from June 19th through October 14th.

Freeport retrospective celebrates gift of time on Monhegan for artists

The works on view at Thos. Moser reflect 25 years of an island residency program.

Michael Vermette's "Monhegan Lobsterman Rowing" Courtesy The Monhegan Museum

Michael Vermette’s “Monhegan Lobsterman Rowing” Courtesy The Monhegan Museum

FREEPORT — Back in the day, making art on Monhegan was a fairly simple proposition. Artists could rent a cottage for the summer, and many had the means to buy seasonal homes.

But as the island became a destination for the wealthy and well-endowed, the costs associated with island life eclipsed what most artists could afford.

For 25 years, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency has given artists the ability to live and work on the island, which sits about 12 miles off the Maine coast.

This summer, Thos. Moser in Freeport hosts a 25-year retrospective of work by artists who have benefited from the residency program. For five weeks each summer and fall, two Maine artists are given the opportunity to live and work on the island. Recently, the residency also has awarded Maine art teachers a two-week stay.

“Monhegan has been an artist colony for more than 100 years. It’s had this strong tradition, but it’s become financially out of reach for a lot of artists, particularly emerging and mid-career artists,” said Susan Danly, president of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corp., based in Lincolnville.

“It’s just such a beautiful place. To spend a week there is a drop in the bucket. This gives them a longer term.”

It also keeps the art tradition alive on the island.


Artists Selected for 2013 Monhegan Residency

"Artist's Studio"

Anselmi – “Artist’s Studio”, 2012, oil on paper
and collage

"reciprocal 4/4"

Fitzpatrick – “reciprocal 4/4”, 2013, monotyped, beeswax, etching ink, and aquacolor on kitikada paper

"Maine Morning Mist"

Campbell, “Maine Morning Mist,” 2011, acrylic on canvas

Portland – Daniel Anselmi from Belfast and Kristin Fitzpatrick from Portland have been named the 2013 Monhegan Island artists-in-residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation.

Thanks to a new initiative supported by the Maine Arts Commission, Melinda Campbell from Old Orchard Beach will take the first-ever art teacher residency offered by the program.

Fitzpatrick, a recent graduate of the Maine College of Art printmaking department, will be on Monhegan June 1-July 5; Anselmi, an abstract painter, August 31-October 4; and Campbell, a teacher in the Auburn School Department, July 6-20.

This year’s fellows will lodge in two new studio spaces, Elva’s Old P.O. and the Shumaker Cottage, both of which feature outdoor working spaces overlooking the island’s distinctive landscape.

Jurors for the 2013 residencies were Suzette McAvoy, director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art; Charles Melcher, associate professor for Graphic Design, Maine College of Art; and Virginia Sassman Rose, director, Rose Contemporary Gallery in Portland.

Noted Maine artists who have taken part in the Monhegan Artists Residency program include Marguerite Robichaux, Lynn Travis, and David Vickery, who will have a solo show at College of the Atlantic this summer. Two other past residents, Joe Kievitt and Alina Gallo, will be featured in the 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial.

Now in its 23rd year, the Monhegan Artist’s Residency program is supported by individual donations and grants from the Quimby Family Foundation, the Lida P. Underhill Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission.

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Winter Warehouse Show

Featuring Large and Small Works From Monhegan

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Wreck, oil on canvas

Wreck, oil on canvas, 24×22 inches, 2012

5pm – 8pm

Rising Tide Brewing Company

103 Fox Street, Portland, ME 04101

This fall, I spent five weeks working on Monhegan with an artist grant from the Monhegan Artists Residency Corporation. This show is a an exhibition of paintings and prints created during that time and later in my Yarmouth warehouse studio. Works range in size from 4 x 5 feet to 10 x 10 inches. Please join me for an evening of art and beer at Rising Tide Brewing Company in East Bayside. ~Emily Leonard Trenholm~

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Monhegan Artists’ Residency Fellow Featured in Printmakers Exhibit in Portland

Monhegan Artists Residency Fellow featured
in exhibit at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA

Plein Air Lesson

Portland –  This exhibition which runs December 7th through December 29th, is guest curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown and calls attention to Maine’s lively and ever-growing fine art printmaking activities both by artists creating work in their own studios and especially at community-shared presses. “Fine art presses are alive and well in Maine and growing in numbers in recent years,” Brown contends.

In this show, there are two significant artists who have turned more seriously than ever to printmaking this year. They are Kenny Cole of Monroe and Alan Bray of Sangerville. The recipient of a five week residency granted by the Monhegan Artists Residency Program, Cole essentially mastered the art of silkscreen printing on his own using basic portable equipment transported from home to Monhegan Island where he created 27 works this past Spring. Bray accepted an invitation from Tim Higbee who founded Hope Editions in 2008 to work together at the press in Hope for two weeks in September. Their collaboration resulted in “Ghosts,” Bray’s first lithograph in decades. Higbee has a recent lithograph and etching in the exhibition as well.


“What’s New?” Exhibition

River Arts in Damariscotta, invited the public to its “What’s New” Exhibition opening and reception on Friday, November 23. The exhibition, which will run through  December 20th, displays works by local Maine artists in a wide variety of media including paintings, pastels, sculpture, photography and assemblages and  explores the idea of “the new,” whether as a subject or as an expression of an artist’s new approach, method, materials, or genre. The show marks the first at River Arts’ new headquarters at the old tavern complex on Route One, next to N.C. Hunt Lumber, and will offer viewers an open house tour of its new, expanded quarters.

Juror for the show is artist Martha Miller, a Carina House Monhegan residency award winner, Maine College of Art faculty member, and well-known artist in over two dozen solo and invitational exhibitions in Maine, New Hampshire and California. Her work is in the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation collection and the Aschenbach collection for San Francisco Museums. Among her recent solo shows are exhibitions at CMCA, University of New England, Maine College of Art, Katz Library at UMA, Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport and several shows of former Carina House award recipients. Martha Miller has pursued an especial love of portraiture since her teens, developing a bold and expressive style and a flair for exciting mixed media.  She is a graduate of Maine College of Art.

The show is being presented at the River Arts gallery at 241 US Route 1 (north) in Damariscotta. River Arts is open 10am-4pm- Tuesday through Saturday and 10-2 on Sundays.   River Arts holds approximately 10 juried shows each year which are open to all Maine artists. The mission of River Arts is to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts.

Painter James Fitzgerald Subject of Slide Talk

James Fitzgerald, Untitled

MONHEGAN – Gail Scott and Robert Stahl will present a slide talk on the James Fitzgerald Legacy Project at the Monhegan School House on Sunday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. The talk is a benefit for the Monhegan Artists’ Residency (MARC).

In 2004, longtime Monhegan Island summer resident Anne M. Hubert bequeathed to the Monhegan Museum the estate of painter James Fitzgerald (1889-1971), including all his art work (drawings, sketches, watercolors, oils) and his house and studio (both of which had been designed and built by Rockwell Kent and eventually acquired by Fitzgerald). The James Fitzgerald Legacy Project promotes, documents and maintains Fitzgerald’s estate, including artwork and historic buildings.

Stahl is associate director of the Monhegan Museum and director of the Fitzgerald Legacy. Art historian and author Scott joined the Legacy committee in 2009 and is currently researching, visiting collections, and assessing Fitzgerald’s large body of work.

The talk will focus on Fitzgerald’s art and the history of Anne and Edgar Hubert’s patronage and support. The Huberts first met the painter in 1958 and purchased many works by him over the years. Stahl and Scott will also outline efforts of the Legacy to bring wider public attention to Fitzgerald’s art, life and contribution to American modernism.

Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by individual donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors and foundation grants. In addition to offering two five-week residencies each summer on Monhegan for emerging Maine artists, MARC presents public education programs.

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A $5 suggested donation (at the door) will benefit MARC. To confirm time and date, call (207)-315-8233.

The James Fitzgerald Legacy Project

James Fitzgerald, Black Head, ca. 1954
Graphite & watercolor on paper, 31″ x 23″

A Slide Talk with
Robert Stahl, Legacy Director and
Gail R. Scott, Legacy Art Historian

Sunday, August 12, 2012, 7pm
Monhegan School House


Contribution at the door
Monhegan Artists Residency Program – $5

Painting at right: Portland Museum of Art.
Gift of Anne and Edgar Hubert, 1992.9.8

Sponsored by the Monhegan Artists Residency




2012 Fellows

 Trenholm, Lake Mood II, 2011

Trenholm, Lake Mood II, 2011

PORTLAND—Kenny Cole, painter and installation artist from Monroe, and Emily Leonard Trenholm, a landscape artist from Portland, have been named the 2012 Monhegan Island artists-in-residence by the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC).

A 1981 graduate of Pratt Institute, Cole has shown his work at a number of venues throughout the state, among them, the University of Maine Museum of Art, Space Gallery, and the Belfast Free Library. His imagery often makes reference to social, religious, and political issues.

Trenholm earned a BFA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from Boston University where she studied with John Walker. She responds to the natural world in an abstract and painterly fashion. She plans to paint on location while on Monhegan and also hopes to make watercolors and reduction block prints.

Kenny Cole, Mission Module, 2011

Kenny Cole, Mission Module, 2011

“We are pleased to be able to offer two five-week residencies on Monhegan this year,” said Susan Danly, chair of the MARC board. Grants from the Underhill, Quimby and Davis Family foundations support the program. The Monhegan Boat Lines will again provide free ferry passage for the artists.

The jury included June Fitzpatrick, June Fitzpatrick Gallery; Daniel Fuller, director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art; and sculptor Michael Shaughnessy, art teacher, University of Southern Maine.

Now in its 22nd year, MARC is supported by individual donations and foundation grants. For information, visit