Monhegan Island Alumni College

Monday August 4:  ROCKLAND, MAINE
Travel on your own to Rockland, Maine.  Portland is the nearest major airport and is two hours from Rockland, the point of departure for Monhegan Island.  Rental cars are available at the airport and will be needed for traveling to and from town and the ferry.   


3 - 6:30 p.m.

Check in - to the Eastwind Inn in Tenants Harbor, 15 minutes south of Rockland
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dinner - at the Eastwind Inn
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Lecture by Chris Crossman - Chris, director of the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, will provide an orientation Maine's role in the history of American art.  Dessert and coffee will be served in the Meeting House Commons Room.


7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast - at the Eastwind Inn
8:30 - 9 a.m. Travel - to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland
9 - 11:30 a.m. Farnsworth Museum Tour - self tour of the permanent collection "Maine in America," and a docent tour of their exhibit of the Golden Age of Illustration including Andrew Wyeth's "Paintings of Siri Erickson" and "Pirates," a theme exhibition of Pyle, Schoonover, as well as work by N.C. Wyeth.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Free time in Rockland - commercial gallery visits and lunch on your own
1:30 - 2 p.m. Travel to ferry to Monhegan - return to the Eastwind Inn and travel to Port Clyde ferry(3 p.m. departure)  for the 60-minute trip to the island
4 p.m. Check in - to Island Inn and Monhegan House, both short walks from the ferry.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Lupine Gallery Reception - at the only commercial gallery on the island
7 - 8:15 p.m. Dinner - at the Island Inn
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Orientation lecture on the Monhegan artists' tradition by Ed Deci - at Monhegan School House 


Wednesday August 6:  MONHEGAN ISLAND  
7 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – at your inn
8:30 a.m. - noon Visit Monhegan Museum and take a walking tour to the headlands.

Museum - A look behind the scenes with Ed Deci.  The primary exhibition will be of nine New York artists and friends from New York who first went to Monhegan in the late 1940s.  Most had studios around West 28th Street and on Monhegan.  All socialized together and worked in the abstract tradition.  Many studied with Hans Hofmann and include Michael Loew (best friends with Willem deKooning), Zero Mostel (the famous actor), and Joseph DeMartini (whose work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum).  The museum is housed in seven buildings of the historic Monhegan Lighthouse Station.  The tour will include the lighthouse, which dates to 1824, and is the first light encountered by many ships arriving from Europe.

Walking tours to the headlands - Monhegan Island has extraordinary vistas from the headlands on the east side of the island, serene beauty in the interior of Cathedral Woods and quaint ruggedness in the working fishhouses and harbor. 

noon – 2:30 p.m. Box lunch - at the headlands and walk back to the inns
2 – 5 p.m.

Seminar options:
1) Watercolor class - with local artist Joanne Scott ...
2) Studio Tours -  three artists' studios;  Larry Goldsmith, Frances Kornbluth and Elena Jahan.  All work in the abstract tradition.  All will speak to the seminar group about their work and displays.

6 p.m.

Downeast lobster dinner – on the front lawn of the Monhegan House


Thursday August 7:  MONHEGAN ISLAND   
7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast – at your inn
9 a.m. Visits to artist studios - Arrangements have been made to visit island studios of artists such as National Academician Don Stone, whose impressionist oils are highly acclaimed; Sylvia Alberts, a New York artist who has been summering on the island for 35 years; and Sylvia Murdoch. In addition, there are 15 or so artists who have open studios and paint with a wide range of styles and mediums.  Many paint landscapes and seascapes in the realist tradition, but there are abstract painters, impressionists, and expressionists. The decision about which studios to visit will depend on how much walking individuals want to do.
noon Lunch - followed by a artist panel and discussion led by Ed Deci
2 p.m. Afternoon free for walks, relaxing and shopping - Maps of hiking trails will be available, or, if you prefer, you can sit on the porch in a rocking chair overlooking the active harbor.
4:30 p.m. Return ferry - to Port Clyde
6 p.m. Check in - to Eastwind Inn
7 p.m.

Dinner - at the home of Wendy and Keith '50 Wellin in Friendship


Friday August 8:  ROCKLAND
8 a.m.

Breakfast Goodbyes – at the Eastwind Inn













Back to Top