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April 2006

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Guests Can Now Observe the Freedoms of Nantucket through Artists’ Eyes

(Nantucket, MA) – April 20, 2006.  The Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket, is planning its second annual educational Art Charrette, taking place throughout the season.  An evolution from the June 2005 Professional Artist’s Week, the artistic Charrettes will offer a series of intimate stays orchestrated by a long term Century House Artist-in-Residence “Point/Master Artist” who invites a few fellow artists to the Century House, providing a unique opportunity for the group to create its own energy with the purpose of congregating and critiquing each other’s work at the end of the day.

 For the first time this year, the innkeepers of the Century House welcome guests to stay during the Charrettes, which will take place from mid-May through October on select dates.  While guests cannot participate in the creative process of the group, they are encouraged to observe the artists’ day and connect with the artists during their Century House stay.

 For the May/June 2006 period, the following artists will be staying at the Century House:

          ��                                  -Greg Sobran, May 21-26

           ��                                 -William Duffy, May/June TBA,

                                            -Lori Zummo, June 12-15����

                                    ��        -Marla Korr and Joan Chakonas, June 17-25 and

 “We are delighted that the Artist in Residence Program has evolved so well here at the Century House.  We look forward to seeing Nantucket through their eyes and potentially sharing the experience with some of our guests,” said innkeeper duo Gerry Connick and JeanEllen Heron.

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, the 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 details on participating artists will be posted on