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April 2005

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Relax, share ideas, and learn all about Nantucket’s “En Plein Air” approach

(Nantucket, MA) – April 22, 2005.  Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket, is planning an educational and paint-out week from June 9-14 providing a unique opportunity for local professional artists, watercolorists, and photographers to explore innovative ideas, discuss new art techniques and share their creativity in a relaxed setting.

Debuting this year, the innkeepers of the Century House will set aside a week each season for various New England artists to catch up with Nantucket and the art world, through informal paint-out sessions, and art stimulation seminars.

This year, the Artist’s Week will put the spotlight on a dozen renowned artists interacting with various professionals close to the art world. Instructions will include, The Use of Press Coverage, Exposing Yourself, Art Dealer Review, How Not to Destroy Your Own Career, The Small Painting and the Niche Market of Nantucket, Color Accuracy and Photos, and a legal review of copyright law.

In a very informal atmosphere, each of the attending artists will be asked to give a 20 minute review of their work, techniques, and any special association with the Nantucket ���En Plein Air” approach.

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, Century House was built by a member of an old Nantucket family of Scottish roots, Captain Robert Calder. 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. More on Century House history.

More details on participating artists will be posted on