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July 2006

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(Nantucket, MA) – July 2006.   The Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket, as part of its second annual educational Art Charrette, welcomed renowned basketball legend and an accomplished artist Tom Heinsohn, a resident of Needham, Massachusetts. Tom was selected by Point/Master Artist Donald Allen Mosher of Rockport , MA to participant in his Art Charrette.

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.

Tom went to Catholic school in NJ where one of the nuns recognized his artistic gifts and encouraged him.  During his professional basketball career, he often took his paints on the road while in competitions. A graduate of Holy Cross, Tom recently returned to campus during a special exhibit of his paintings.  He has also been active in conducting workshops on Cape Ann for budding artists.

Nowadays, Tom enjoys painting, with Don Mosher, master painter and fellow artist, Bill Fein, all of whom stayed at the Century House, capturing a part of Nantucket on canvas.

About the Century House experience Tom 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 thoroughly enjoy your stay at the Century House.”

An evolution from the June 2005 Professional Artist’s Week, the artistic Charrettes 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 also welcome guests to stay during the Charrettes, which 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.

“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.

The 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