Cape Ann and Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasting Artistic Colonies of New England on view this summer in …
Views of Cape Ann and Monhegan Island: New England’s Contrasting Art Colonies will explore the relationship between the historic and still flourishing artistic settlements of Monhegan, Maine, and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, showcasing the work of artists linked to both places. Organized in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum, this exhibition will be presented at Monhegan Museum of Art & History, Monhegan Island, Maine, July 1 to September 30, 2021.
At the turn of the 20th century, American artists flocked to the new summer art colonies that stretched from California to New England. This exhibition combines paintings and prints by artists who worked in two very different artistic colonies in the Northeast: Cape Ann, Massachusetts and Monhegan Island, Maine. Separated by a hundred kilometers of ocean, these colonies, like many others, have become important crossroads in the history of American art, welcoming major artists over the years. Each of the artists represented have visited and / or lived in Cape Ann and Monhegan: Theresa Bernstein, Eric Hudson, Leon Kroll, Hayley Lever, James Fitzgerald, Lester Stevens, Don Stone and Stow Wengenroth, among others.
Cape Town and Island Views explores how these artists portrayed aspects of each place, reflecting the differences between the town of Cape Ann – with its large industrial port at Gloucester, a sizeable fishing fleet, and the extensive coastline of Rockport – and the small offshore island de Monhegan, with its striking cliff formations and modest village harbor. Two paintings by Ken Gore, for example, embrace the contrasts of the coastlines that are very different, but equally emblematic of the two places. A, Sea mist, captures the crashing waves at the base of the rocky cliffs of Monhegan; conversely, the sea shown in The beach, painted on Cape Ann, roll slowly on a soft strand. Landscape painter and printmaker Jacqueline “Jackie” Hudson spent much of her life in Monhegan, but also had a studio in Cape Ann. Energetic sound Church Fair, Main Street, Rockport is a colorful and light view of the people of Cape Town playing, while his watercolor Storm in Monhegan Harbor is radically different: the mood is dark; the colors are terribly threatening; and the water inside the port is boiling. A pair of scenes by a European-trained Boston School artist and Cape Ann resident Aldro T. Hibbard in turn records the difference between the architecture of Rockport Harbor in winter, centered on a shed which became known to artists and the public as “Motif No. 1” and a summer view of the small harbor of Monhegan.
Cape and Island Views – Cape Ann and Monhegan Island: New England’s Contrasting Artistic Colonies includes several works from the collections of the Monhegan Museum of Art and History, the Cape Ann Museum, the Rockport Art Association and private collections. Co-organized with the Cape Ann Museum, the exhibition will travel to the Cape Ann Museum in the fall, where it will be presented from October 23, 2021 to January 16, 2022. A fully illustrated 64-page catalog with contributions by James F. O’Gorman, Martha Oaks, Oliver Barker and Jennifer Pye will accompany the exhibition. The catalog will be available for purchase in the Monhegan Museum Shop or online for $ 20.