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Freedoms of Nantucket Little Known Treasures

June/July 2006
Dear Nantucket Lover!Welcome Season 2006; Come away to this faraway Island! Discover this jewel of serenity for those yearning for a vacation or searching for inspiration.In this issue we celebrate those brave enough to allow creativity to penetrate their soul, stretch their imagination and awaken the passion.“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

in this issue
World’s First Woman Astronomer Has Her Roots On Nantucket! Season Opens!!! Hall of Fame Basketball Star Joins Our Art Program! The Master Artist and The Apprentices! Nantucket In A Bucket of Sketching!!! Featured Hydranga Room Historic Century House

Season Opens!!!

The Century House has once again awakened to the new season.

Like the flowers springing up from the ground, so is the Century House blossoming. The grounds are more lush and Gerry’s Berry Buffet more plentiful!!!

More hidden treasures to be discovered, more stories to be told, more memories to be made.


Hall of Fame Basketball Star Joins Our Art Program!

“Creativity takes courage.” Claude Monet

One of the greatest virtues in life is courage. Courage to become who you are meant to be, courage to discover your talents and the passion to pursue them. Nantucket lovers share the desire to be free and to pursue hidden talents. Century House welcomes yet another talent!

Thomas William Heinsohn is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and a part of the Boston Celtics team that won eight NBA titles in nine years. After his playing days were over, he became the Celtics’ head coach for eight years and was named Coach of the Year. Nowadays, Tom enjoys painting, with Don Mosher, master painter and fellow artist, Bill Fein, all of whom stayed at the Century House early June, capturing a part of Nantucket on canvas. Of the Century House he said: “The hospitality was great! Gerry is a gifted conversationalist. The art in the inn is a measure of the fine people and artists who have stayed at the Inn. In short, you’ll throughly enjoy your stay at the Century House.”


The Master Artist and The Apprentices!

Master Artist Don Mosher, a Century House artist-in-residence since the late ’80’s selected Tom Heinsohn and Bill Fein to accompany his Charrette early June. Pictured to the left are Don and Bill painting in Sconset. Don’s work has been featured in several national publications including Yankee and American Artist Magazine.

Mosher’s paintings hang in the permanent collections of large corporations, institutions, banks, and private homes throughout the United States and abroad including the Peabody Museum, Portland Art museum, and the State House in Boston. As adept with watercolor as he is with oils, Donald Allen Mosher moves freely between the two and his vivid expressive impressionist interpretations of New England in oils form a delightful counterpoint to his softer, gentler watercolor compositions.

 

Nantucket In A Bucket of Sketching!!!

Century House, in partnership with noted island artist, who offers sketching classes during the season, Anne Baldwin Butler, celebrates the fourth season offering its Nantucket-In-A-Bucket-of-Sketching. The package offers a two or three week-night stay at the Inn, with mornings of art instruction with Anne.Both the Century House and Anne’s Sketching Tours have been recommended by Fodor’s Guides to Nantucket and The Boston Globe.

The Century House innkeepers have created the quintessential artist’s inn with its fine collection of Nantucket paintings, enthusiasm for the arts and charming accommodations. Vast sketching opportunities await as you meander through the winding streets of Nantucket Town and ‘Sconset. Anne’s outdoor classroom will teach you how to reproduce the essence of a unique doorway, a perennial garden, or the historic architecture of a 17th century home.

 

Featured Hydranga Room

This newsletter features Hydranga, a guest room with deep, artistic, historic roots…Craftsman Quille Cromie, called this room “home” during his years as Nantucket’s last Island Blacksmith.

Quille maintained his shop by Macy’s Warehouse on Straight Wharf. He came and went without notice by other guests because Hydranga features a street level garden entrance, complete with its namesake flowering bush.

 

Historic Century House

The historic Century House dates back to the Cliff Road land purchase in 1833. According to research performed by Edouard A. Stackpole, renowned Nantucket historian and former director of the Peter Foulger Museum, a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder, built the Century House. Over the years, Capt. Calder took part in several long, successful voyages to hunt whale, and eventually completed the construction of the house in the early 1840’s. It is said that Capt. Calder chose this site because of the privacy, the ocean breezes, the views, and the genuine serenity the location provided in the 1840’s and still exhibits today. According to Mr. Stackpole, the Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket Island to date. Visit www.centuryhouse.com for details. Season begins May 15 and ends October 15.

World’s First Woman Astronomer Has Her Roots On Nantucket!
LITTLE KNOWN TREASURES:This issue highlights the work of the Artist-of-artists with the help of the renown Maria Mitchell Association’s (MMA) Loines Observatory (pictured above) where Islanders and visitors alike become stargazers and learn which constellations are visible in Nantucket’s night sky. PACKAGES AVAILABLE!Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) was born on Nantucket and called the Island her home for life. She was the first professional woman astronomer, first woman professor of Vassar and first woman to discover a comet in 1847 which was named after her, the MITCHELL.  FACT: During this time Captain Calder (Century House) had opened the doors of the Century House to the islanders.Her observatory was above her father’s bank at the top of Main Street. In addition to several historic museums (including her birth-home) affiliated with Ms. Mitchell, the MMA bosts two observatories on the island, where the visitors can observe the Universe’s artistry – weather permitting.

The Association celebrates its opening of the 2006 Season on June 13th. We celebrate Nantucket’s hidden treasures – art and the Master Artist!

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Master Artists Charrettes:

**** William Duffy: June 11 – 16

**** Lori Zummo: June 12 – June 15

**** Marla Korr: June 17 – 25

**** Joan Chakonas: June 17 – 25

****Ralph Waterhouse: June 26 – July 3

**** Julia O’Malley-Keys: July 27 – 29

**** Michael Harrell: August 7 – 11

 

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