‘Monhegan,’ inside and out

Jun 24, 2018
Alison Hill’s portraits of Monhegan Island life comprise the bulk of her winter work. In the oil on canvas "Splicing Rope at the Fish House," Mattie Thompson’s young son works on splicing a line, a useful skill as his father is a working lobsterman.

Camden — Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, brings the works of Alison Hill from Monhegan Island to the mainland for a featured show beginning Friday, June 29. “Alison Hill - Painting Monhegan” will run through July 20.

For nearly 200 years, Monhegan has inspired countless artists including Frederick Church, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent and the Wyeths; and it continues to challenge artists as they arrive daily. Hill is one of the many artists lured to Monhegan by its timeless landscapes, rugged coastline, rustic architecture and self-reliant Islanders. Being one of the island’s 60 or so year-round residents, she lives, breathes and paints Monhegan’s magic throughout its changing seasons.

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 its special “The Women Artists of Monhegan Island.” More recently, in 2016, her works could be seen featured in the movie “The Congressman.” She has captured some of the island’s magic in these recent paintings.

Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 470-7027 or visit camdenfallsgallery.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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