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September 9th, 2014
Thos. Moser Hosts the Monhegan Artistsí Residency
25th Anniversary Exhibition

Learn about the rich history Monhegan Island and MARC in this story that aired on Sept. 9, 2014 on 207, a news magazine television show produced by WCSH6, the NBC station in Portland Maine...

Our Freeport Showroom is pleased to host an art exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of Monhegan Artistsí Residency program. The show features the work of many of the programís distinguished alumni, many of whom were at the very well attended opening night reception on Thursday, June 19th. The show is on display through October 14.

The show features 34 artists spanning 25 years since the programís inception in 1989. The Monhegan Artistsí Residency is a nonprofit organization that supports emerging visual artists and is designed to provide access to the artistic traditions and creative community on Monhegan Island, which is located off the midcoast of Maine. The program supplies living quarters, studio space, and a stipend for artists each year in the late spring, early summer and early fall.

Shown above (click links to enlarge):
Left: Top of Rocks and Whatís Below, by Sarah Knock, oil on canvas, 26" x 34"
Right: Monhegan Lobsterman Rowing, by Michael E. Vermette, watercolor, 19Ē x 24Ē

Monhegan is a small, rocky island 10 miles from the nearest mainland and approximately one square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and there are no cars or paved roads. The year-round population rarely exceeds 65 people and it is an area where the economy is still ruled by those who make their living from the sea, fishing and lobstering.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of explorer Captain John Smith landing on the shores of Monhegan in 1614. For more than 100 years, Monhegan has been a summer haven for those who appreciate its isolation, wilderness, and stark beauty. The island has inspired countless artists including Robert Henri, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Reuben Tam, Elena Jahn and Jamie Wyeth to name a few.

In the 1980s, Monhegan residents Raquel and Peter Boehmer realized young artists could not afford to spend time on the island experiencing the light, color, community, and rugged headlands that have inspired previous generations of American artists. The couple dreamed of establishing a residency program to give talented young artists an opportunity to stay on the island, explore and be inspired by its scenic vistas, and focus on their art.

So in 1989 after purchasing the Carina House, a historic structure on Monhegan, the Boehmers were able to provide an apartment and studio space for six weeks each summer that allowed time for personal reflection and artistic experimentation. Gradually, as the program began to attract wider community support, it became a non-for-profit organization (MARC) and has recently expanded to include a shorter residency for Maine art teachers. Although the Boehmers have moved away, their original vision of opening up Monhegan's landscape and art community for emerging artists continues today.

The residency is for artists with limited resources who otherwise could not afford an extended stay on Monhegan. And the focus is on visual artists engaged in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and new media. One of the goals is to enhance the careers of serious artists who have yet to win wide recognition by allowing them the opportunity for creative experimentation and exploration. A highly selective jury of art professionals chooses the artists through a rigorous application process.

The exhibiting artists include, Karen Adrienne (1997), Daniel Anselmi (2013), Susan Bennett (2003), Michael Branca (2003), Melinda Campbell (2013), Kenny Cole (2012), Cynthia Davis (2006), Nicole Duennebier (2006), Jim Dugan (1991), Kristin Maria Fitzpatrick (2013), Wes Freese (1990), Alina Gallo (2011), Mercedes Gilbert (2007), Eileen Gillespie (1993), Mary B. Harrington (2000), Terry Havey Hilt (2005), Kelli LK Haines (2002), Connie Hayes (1991), David R. Higgins (2005), John Knight (2001), Sarah Knock (1989), Margaret Leonard (1996), David Little (1998), MaJo Keleshian (1997), Janet Conlon Manyan (1992), Betsy McLellan (2001), Martha Mickles (1998), Marguerite Robichaux (1990), Carol Sloane (2002), Michael J. Smith (1999), Lynn Travis (2000), Emily L. Trenholm (2012), Michael E. Vermette (1999), Martha Miller (1995) and Ryan Wight (2007).

The exhibition offers an eclectic mix of art medium including oil, acrylic, watercolor, egg tempera and pastel paintings, ink and conte, and charcoal drawings, screen prints and monotypes, mixed media, and photography.

The Thos. Moser Freeport Showroom and Gallery is located at 149 Main St., Freeport, Maine and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, call 207-865-4519 or visit For additional information on visiting Monhegan Island, see