Camden Falls Gallery brings the rugged beauty and artistic culture of Monhegan Island to the mainland through the paintings of Alison Hill and other house artists. "Monhegan on the Mainland" will run Saturday, July 2, through the 22nd, with an artists’ reception Saturday, July 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For nearly 200 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists including George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, the Wyeths, Edward Hopper and Don Stone. Every summer, painters and tourists flock to its rocky coast and spruce forests, transforming the tiny island into a thriving art colony. Monhegan’s magnetic appeal lies in its ephemeral light, dirt roads and weather-beaten fish houses, refreshed every season with texture and color. “Everywhere you look,” said Hill, “there’s a painting.”

Hill is one of many artists lured to Monhegan by its timeless landscapes, rugged coastline, rustic architecture and self-reliant islanders, and she has become one of the latter. Formerly of Newport, R.I., Hill devotes herself full-time to her island studio/gallery during the summer; and spends winters on Monhegan painting winter landscapes, as well as portraits and still lifes. In 2012, PBS spotlighted her in their video special “The Women Artists of Monhegan Island.” This year, her works were featured in the movie “The Congressman.”

“Monhegan on the Mainland” features Hill’s work alongside that of other contemporary artists such as Todd Bonita and Stan Moeller, renowned for their paintings and workshops on Monhegan, throughout New England and in Europe. House artists Hill and Moeller were both mentored by Don Stone (1929-2015), the dean of Monhegan contemporary painters. To honor Stone’s vital contributions to the island’s artistic heritage, the Island Inn recently held a memorial gathering with many notable artists in attendance. In addition, Monhegan’s Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn are presenting “Don Stone: A Monhegan Legacy,” with paintings spanning Don’s three-decade career on the island. The show also includes the works of 17 other artists, including Moeller and Hill, whose lives and work bear Stone’s lasting impressions.

“Stan, who spoke at Don’s memorial service, will sometimes attach one of Don’s ‘catchy phrases’ to his emails,” said Camden Falls Gallery owner Howard Gallagher. “Ask any artist what makes painting on Monhegan so special, and invariably, ‘it’s the light’ will be part of their answer.”

Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, is open daily. For more information, call 470-7027; email; or visit

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