To mark its 20th anniversary, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation will host a week-long celebration including a special “MARC @ 20” exhibition, a reception in the residency’s new studio location and a presentation by distinguished Maine painter William Manning.

“MARC @ 20” features paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture by 35 previous artists-in-residence including Marguerite Robichaux, Karen Adrienne, Robert Pollien, Connie Hayes, Lynn Travis, Sarah Sorg and Michael Vermette. The show, mounted in a new studio space in the Inn at Fish and Maine, will open Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m.; there will be a reception that afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will run through Aug. 27 with daily hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All works in the exhibition are for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds helping to support future residencies.

MARC also will present Bill Manning in Conversation Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Monhegan Schoolhouse. Manning has exhibited internationally, in New York and in Maine. Admission will be $7 at the door; all proceeds benefit the Monhegan residency program.

For 20 years, the MARC program has provided lodging and a stipend for five-week residencies on Monhegan Island for emerging Maine artists each summer. MARC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by individual donations and foundation grants. For information, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to