2022 Island Inn Show

Joan Brady: Monhegan Still Life and Landscape

We are delighted to present the 2022 solo exhibit at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island, featuring the paintings of artist Joan Brady.

Joan Brady is an artist classically trained in the methods and materials of the Renaissance Great Masters.  Her still life compositions are designed and executed using hand made oil paints, often including 23k gold leaf, and resulting in stunningly elegant, luminous renderings of flowers and island artifacts. Landscape works in the exhibit draw on her experience of life in all seasons on Monhegan Island, where she has lived and maintained her studio since 2014.

Ms. Brady holds a B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts where she received the Phi Beta Kappa Prize in Art.  She earned an M.A.L.T. degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD. She studied at the Schuler School of Fine Arts, with Zoll Studio School of Fine Arts, and at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ms. Brady’s paintings are found throughout the east coast in the form of murals, trompe l’oeil, and framed works.  Patrons and clients include the Henry DuPont Winterthur Museum, Delaware; and The Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania among many others. She has been a valued art educator and a popular guest lecturer, has appeared on Lifetime Television, and her work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

The season-long exhibit will run from May 27 to October 10.

We invite you to join us at the Island Inn for a reception for the artist Wednesday afternoon, June 29 from 2 to 4 pm.



Caleb Stone: 2021 Island Inn Show

Island Bound

We are delighted to present the 2021 exhibit at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island, featuring oil paintings and watercolors by Caleb Stone. To preview the exhibit, click here: Island Bound: Caleb Stone 2021 Exhibit

Caleb Stone, a native of the art colony of Rockport, Massachusetts, began drawing at age four, painting at seven, and attending professional artists’ workshops by the time he was twelve. He completed his academic training at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, and enjoyed many years of plein air landscape painting with his father, Don Stone N.A. His affinity for the French and American Impressionists and his choice of art as a career grew from and was nurtured by this rich environment.

Another lifelong influence has been his connection to Monhegan Island, where he has returned annually for many years to paint and to teach his popular workshops in watercolor and oil painting. His workshops are offered throughout the year in locations including Monhegan, Cape Ann, Tuscany and England. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Stobart Fellowship Award, the New England Heritage Award, the Wood Award for Excellence in Watercolor, the Land and Light Show Gold Medal, Best in Show Manchester by the Sea, and is an Elected Artist at the Lyme Art Association.  

The exhibit will be on view throughout the 2021 season, from May 28 until October 10.

2020 Island Inn Show: “Objects of Cheer”

Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn are pleased to present the annual exhibition of Monhegan art at the Island Inn:   “Objects of Cheer”

What better way to meet the unique challenges of our times than to let art bring us enjoyment and cheer? In keeping with the Inn’s newly reconfigured, spacious dining room and lobby, the 2020 show features a mix of contemporary and nontraditional works by six Monhegan artists. The artworks enliven the space with vibrant color and warmth.

Lynne Drexler’s bold and energetic oils infuse her interpretation of the Monhegan landscape with her early training in abstract expressionism. Drexler, who moved to Monhegan from New York city in the early 1960s, lived and painted year round on the island from 1983 until her death in 1999.  

Bruce Kornbluth’s works in watercolor and India ink meet the intensity and color saturation of Lynne Drexler’s oils, and like them, straddle the moving line between landscape and abstraction. 

Oil paintings by Sylvia Alberts (1928-2015), include several floral still life works in her unique, serene yet whimsical style.

In the sunlit Inn entry, oil paintings by Jessica Lee Ives vividly portray the enjoyments of the island- hiking the cliffs, swimming, and simply taking in the panorama of Monhegan harbor.

The paintings are complemented by Dylan Metrano’s unique and popular designs created from cut paper. 

In counterpoint, Dave Rappaport’s landscapes in monochrome watercolor, by removing the element of color entirely, focus on the forms and shadows of the angular rocks and curved hull of Lobster Cove and the shipwreck. 

Although there will not be a reception this year, the exhibit will be open and available to be seen all season until October 11.  

At The Island Inn 2019: Rick Daskam

Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn are delighted to announce the Island Inn’s 2019 solo show, “Drawn to the Monhegan Light,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Rick Daskam. 

Rick Daskam received his formal art education at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. After a career in illustration, Rick decided to follow his passion of painting en plein air, and his oil paintings of the landscape and farms surrounding his Connecticut home have been exhibited throughout the CT and NY area and have won numerous awards.

Rick first visited Monhegan in 2002 and fell in love with the island’s rugged beauty. Returning every year for weeks, he immerses himself in painting the landscape from sunup to sundown, producing some of his most memorable works. The exhibit will feature oil paintings that depict Rick’s unique response to the changing light and atmosphere of the island, from quiet village scenes to the power of thundering surf at the headlands.  To view the paintings, click here:https://lupinegallerymonhegan.com/artist/rick-daskam/

 Currently, Rick serves as Co-President of the Hudson Valley Art Association. He is also a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York and the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He is represented by Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island.

The season-long exhibit will run from May 24 to October 13. Please join us at the Island Inn for a reception for the artist Thursday afternoon, June 27 from 2 to 4 pm.

2018 Island Inn Show- Joan Harlow: Island Life

We are delighted to present the 2018 summer exhibition at the Island Inn:  Joan Harlow: Island Life. To view the paintings, please click here.

Since 1967, when Joan first came to Monhegan Island to stay with her great aunt Alice Kent Stoddard, a portrait artist from Philadelphia, she has not missed a year on the island.

The oil paintings in the exhibit represent over two decades of painting on Monhegan, and portray– through still life, quiet glimpses through curtained windows, and spontaneous moments in village life– a personal view of island life.

Joan is a member of the Copley Society in Boston, the New Hampshire Art Association and the Seacoast Art Association.

The season-long exhibit will run from Friday, May 25 to Sunday, October 7.

Please join us at the Island Inn for a reception for the artist, on Wednesday afternoon, June 27, from 2-4 pm.


Stan Moeller: From Montmartre to Monhegan

The Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn will be showcasing Stan Moeller’s paintings of Monhegan Island and Paris, France in the 2017 Island Inn Show, “Stan Moeller: from Montmartre to Monhegan.”  The exhibit will be on view from Friday, May 26 through Sunday, October 8. The public is invited to a reception for the artist at the Island Inn on Wednesday, June 28 from 2-4 pm.

Stan Moeller has been painting and teaching oil painting workshops on Monhegan since the 1990’s. He describes his style 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 the energy of a moment—whether 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 here 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 hill of Montmartre was a mecca for painters, and many of Monhegan’s most prominent artists lived and studied in Paris, bringing the latest movements in European art back with them.

Stan 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.

Don Stone: A Monhegan Legacy

Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn are pleased to present the exhibition of paintings, “Don Stone: A Monhegan Legacy.” The exhibition will run from May 27—October 9, 2016 at the Island Inn, with an opening reception on June 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.

The exhibit features masterworks by esteemed artist Don Stone, NA, (1929-2015), and is complemented by paintings by seventeen fellow Monhegan artists who were influenced by and painted with Don Stone over the years.

Don Stone, a full member of the National Academy and an internationally recognized marine and landscape painter, lived and painted on Monhegan for over 40 years. Originally from Gloucester MA and a long time resident of Rockport MA and Monhegan, Stone’s work reflects his lifelong involvement with the sea, the coast, and fishermen’s wharves. Beginning in the early 1970s, Stone reinvigorated the tradition of plein aire painting on Monhegan, and as both a painter and teacher, had a profound influence on the art community. Long considered the dean of Monhegan painters, he taught workshops for three decades on the island and mentored many contemporary artists, some of whom are included in this show.

Artists featured in the exhibit include Ralph Bush, Alice Boynton, Sandra M Dickson, Susan Gilbert, Anne Burnett Hidell, Alison Hill, David Kiphuth, Paul Maloney, William P. Maloney, Stan Moeller, Paul Niemiec, John Oat, Carol Raybin, Beth Rundquist, Caleb Stone, Marilyn Swift, and Theodore Tihansky.

2015 Island Inn Show: Frank Bruckmann


We are delighted to announce the 2015 Annual Summer Exhibit at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island:

Local Color: the Paintings of Frank Bruckmann

 Frank Bruckmann studied at the Ducret School of Art in New Jersey, the Art Students League in New York, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.  A resident of New Haven, CT, Frank  has been painting on Monhegan for over 20 years, capturing the landscape and atmosphere of the island in all seasons and all its variations.

The season-long exhibit will run from Friday, May 22 to Sunday, October 11.

Please join us for a gala reception for the artist, at the Island Inn, on Tuesday afternoon, July 7, from 2-4.



Ralph Bush Show

We are pleased to present the 2014 summer solo exhibition at the Island Inn:  Selected Oils and Watercolors by Ralph V. Bush.

A Copley Master and member of The New England Watercolor Society, Rockport Art Association and North Shore Arts Association, Ralph is a well-known figure on Monhegan, where he has painted the island vistas and harbor scenes annually for many years.

The paintings will fill the Inn’s large, light-filled dining room, and will be on view May 26—July 26 and August 11—October 13. The Island Inn will host a reception for the artist on Wednesday, June 25 at 2-4 pm; all are welcome.

A Visit to Maine Artist Blackie Langlais’ Place

Recently, I was invited to take a little field trip to Cushing, Maine to the property of amazing sculptor, the late Bernard (Blackie) Langlais. The Langlais estate had been left to Colby College, which quickly found itself overwhelmed with hundreds of sculptures in need of restoration and conservation, not to mention permanent homes. Enter the Kohler Foundation. This is a philanthropic organization with a mission: they bring in restorers, repair and conserve the artwork, find it  homes, and– give it away. Wouldn’t you love a job like that?

Museums, colleges, libraries and other non-profits were invited to be the recipients of the artworks, and we were there to choose a piece of sculpture for the Monhegan Library. It was a trip to remember! If you’ve never visited the Langlais place, it’s a little hard to convey the uniqueness of the experience. There’s a definite sense that you’ve gone down the rabbit hole with Alice. Or Christina, as the case may be.

As we followed paths that wound through over 80 acres of overgrown fields and forests, we glimpsed giant animals, people and totems hidden in the underbrush or towering in the open. The monumental scale of the sculptures was fabulous, and created a wonderful sense of play and delight.

Was that an elephant in the distance?

I remembered, back when I first visited the Langlais place as a teenager, being able to climb up inside the elephant. It isn’t in good enough condition today to go up– but we did duck inside the bottom and, sure enough–the paintings were still there, of bananas and nuts and all the foods our elephant had been eating. (for scale, check out Bruce’s legs underneath the sculpture).

Off in the cattails, I thought I detected a familiar gesture. Could it be–yes, Richard Nixon himself, real frogs jumping around him and a tiny symbolic elephant keeping him company. While a good number of Blackie’s sculptures are topical/political, and I enjoy the satirical glee evident in his depictions of his human subjects–

(Gerald Ford in the bath, anyone?), the pieces that really stay with me are the animals. There are several barns and workshops on the property, and each one is a treasure trove of sculptures, from life-sized animal figures to whole tableaux of jungle or barnyard creatures in huge bas-relief panels.

We wandered in awe among them, taking in Langlais’s ability to convey the spirit of each animal, and feeling his joy in the tactile experience of shaping them from rough and reclaimed wood. We could imagine how great it would be to come home with the giant alligator, basking on his back with all four legs in the air…

or any of the whimsical canines hanging out together in an area I dubbed the “dog park.”

Most of the pieces were too large for our little island library, and all of the outdoor sculptures had already found homes.

But in the end, we found a perfect fit in this charming little stable scene in a box! And a bonus: this butterfly wall sculpture!

This project is a partnership between Colby College Museum of Art, the Kohler Foundation and the Georges River Land Trust. Colby is planning a major Langlais show in 2014. The land trust will take ownership of the property, along with several of the large sculptures, and will maintain it as a sculpture park. Thus, the land will be protected for conservation, and the legacy of a great Maine artist be preserved and shared. We were so glad to have been able to visit all these works together in the place where they were made, before they were dispersed to museums, schools and other locations all over the country. And very glad to be able bring a small piece of that heritage to our small corner of Maine.

Sylvia Alberts Exhibit

Lupine Gallery will be featuring the paintings of Sylvia Alberts from July 25 through August 12, 2013. Please join us Thursday, July 25 from 5-7 pm for an opening reception.

“Wind and Tide,” New Works by Susan Gilbert


Shipwreck and Snow in a Northwest Gale. Oil, 24 x 36.

Shipwreck and Snow in a Northwest Gale. Oil, 24 x 36. $2200.

We’re delighted to announce that the Island Inn will be featuring the paintings of Susan Gilbert this summer. In a tradition that began many years ago, the Inn has hosted an exhibition of the work of a different Monhegan artist each year.  The invitational show fills the large, light-filled dining room and can be viewed for the entire 2013 season from May 24 to October 13.

Susan Gilbert is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and is also known for her work in fine porcelain ceramics. Susan has been a member of Monhegan’s year round community for many years. This show will feature oil paintings and watercolors, ranging from still life to landscapes painted on location and portraying the island in every season.

Join us for a reception for the artist Wednesday, June 26 from 2-4 pm, at the Island Inn.


Paul Niemiec 2012 Exhibit

We’re excited to present this summer’s solo exhibit at the Island Inn, by one of our favorite artists–Paul Niemiec. Paul has been painting on Monhegan for over 30 years now, and the lobby and dining room of the Inn are hung with a stunning collection of watercolors and oil paintings of the island in all its dramatic, varied, moody glory. You won’t want to miss this show!

Click on the link below to read the Courier-Gazette article on the exhibit:


Click on the link below to view the show poster:

Paul Niemiec Jr Exhibit