Moeller’s ‘Montmartre to Monhegan'

Jun 18, 2017
“Paris Time” is part of Stan Moeller’s dual-focus show on Monhegan.

Monhegan — The Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn are displaying Stan Moeller’s paintings of Monhegan Island and Paris, France, in the 2017 Island Inn show, “Stan Moeller: from Montmartre to Monhegan.”

The public is invited to a reception for the artist Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.at the Island Inn, adjacent to the wharf.

Moeller has been painting and teaching oil painting workshops at Monhegan since the 1990s. His style has been described as “Modern Impressionism with a little Contemporary Realism and a smidge of the Ashcan school.” The works on display reflect his passion for painting on site and his ability to capture light and the energy of a moment, whether in the power of an ocean wave or the gesture of a figure in a café.

There has been a strong thread of connection between Monhegan and Paris for over 100 years, as American artists who were drawn to paint the rugged and rustic life of the island were also drawn to the Paris art scene. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the Paris hill of Montmartre was a mecca for painters. Many of Monhegan’s most prominent artists lived and studied in Paris, bringing the latest movements in European art back with them.

Moeller travels annually between Maine and Europe to paint two of his favorite muses, Monhegan and Paris. This show brings together, for the first time, his paintings of these two iconic places. The owners of the Island Inn, Jaye Morency and Michael Brassard, split their time between Monhegan and Paris each year, and were inspired to bring their love of their two favorite places together in this exhibition, which runs through Oct. 8.

The nearby Lupine Gallery, 48 Main St., is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ferry service to Monhegan is available from Port Clyde, New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor. For more information, contact Bill Boynton or Jackie Boegel at 594-8131; or visit lupinegallerymonhegan.com.

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

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