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May 2010

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Artists in Residence and Master Painters Featured


(Nantucket, MA) – May 25, 2010 Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket Island, announces its “Art on the Piazza” series Thursday evenings in June, 5:30-7:30 pm as an opportunity for inn guests and friends to mingle with members of its Artist in Residence Program currently staying at the inn. The inn’s charming veranda and patios will host artists’ easels at work, informal discussions, displays and conviviality.

Longtime artists Kevin Shea, Catherine Elliott and Christopher Wheat kick off the series June 3, 2010.  Featured on CNN, Shea’s body of work include scapes of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, Nantucket and Tuscany, Italy. Inspired by Van Gogh and Claude Monet, Elliott’s impressionistic style of painting explores atmospheric conditions capturing a moment in time and place. Becoming a part of the environment” is very important to the custom paintings of Wheat who divides his time between Nantucket and the Finger Lakes.

The series continues June 10, 2010 with Gary Korlin whose works have been compared to John Singer Sargent. Many hang in private collections in England, France, Italy, Austria, South Africa and the USA.

During Nantucket ’s Film Festival June 17 – 20, Century House will feature Master Painters Leonard Mizerek  and William Duffy both members of the American Society of Marine Artists and the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists. Len, known for his colorful , luminous seascapes and expressive brushwork; and Bill – whose quote* below speaks for itself – will be a terrific hit with Film Festival attendees as the arts complement one another. William Duffy said “Over the last ten years, through the kind and energetic encouragement of Innkeepers JeanE and Gerry, not to mention the fabulous accommodations of Century House, Nantucket has become one of the places which puts me in a state of heart where I have done some of my best work.” 

Completing the“Art on the Piazza” series June 24, 2010 will be Master Painters Marla Korr, John Caggiano, and Joan Chakonas  A member of the National Artists League and Marine Artist of America, Marla’s  paintings are influenced by both Classical Realsim and Impressionism , combining a range of feelings with technical excellence and craftsmanship. Caggiano’s  bold and dynamic use of color and palette knife have resulted in award winning paintings which have appeared in numberous publications and TV media including ABC’s Good Morning America. Chakonas  brings a whole different and exciting dimension to the art world with her passion for “honoring the greatest animal on the planet, the thoroughbred racehorse” through her work.

Innkeepers Gerry and JeanE began the Century House Artist in Residence Program in the 1980’s to enrich their lives through the eyes of the talented artists who long to paint on Nantucket Island. Over the years, guests have enjoyed not only the opportunity to meet  the artists during their stay at Century House but also view their works hanging at the inn.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with innkeepers JeanE and Gerry, please contact Otilia Herput at 508.228.0530 or email Otilia at More details on participating artists will be posted on

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.


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