“Monhegan Photo Fest 2016” is coming to 25 Oak St. for a photo exhibit, talks and events. The exhibit will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Thursday, June 30; continuing 1 to 8 p.m. through Sunday, July 2; and then 4 to 7 p.m. daily the following week at 25 Oak St — in the heart of downtown, a block from the Farnsworth.

During the past winter, a varied team of photographers worked together online to create an exhibit and event to recognize, encourage and promote the art of photography on Monhegan. The island is iconic in art history for painters and has had a few well-known photographers at times. Photography as its own art form for the island has never had teamwork and organized appreciation until now, they felt.

Brothers David and Steven Aimone; local photographer Jason Philbrook; and visiting photographers Penny Hoey and J Michael Sullivan make up a diverse group of photographers for the first year of the event. A successful Indiegogo fundraiser this winter and spring raised $4,785 from 55 backers to get the event started. Monhegan Island Sustainable Community Association is the chosen recipient for 25 percent of the proceeds of sales of photographs and catalogs.

Many backers were local Mainers who support the arts. Gallery space on the island was provided by Steven and Katherine Aimone at The Carina House during Memorial Day weekend for islanders and visitors. Many people were unable to visit the island for the exhibit or activities, so Jason Philbrook is opening up 25 Oak St. for a more accessible “mainland” exhibit. Talks and instructional outings will take place, as well.

For more information, visit the “Monhegan Photo Fest 2016” Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.