When Robert Henri got to Monhegan in 1903, he decided that his friends and students should come there as well, and he dragged Rockwell Kent and Edward Hopper to the island. Kent really took to it, and built a place for himself. Pretty soon George Bellows and Randall Davey showed up, and then more and more arrived, as they still do. While never a real "colony," the artistic community has thrived for years, bringing such worthy artists as Abraham Bogdanove, Eric Hudson, Andrew Winter, James Fitzgerald, Reuben Tam, and many others.
This show is a fine backward look, and a chance to sample what some really interesting people were thinking about while they were enjoying what those of us who live here love about being here. Because of them, art runs deep here in Maine, and that has a lot to do with what makes it special.
Ken Greenleaf can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CALL OF THE COAST: ART COLONIES OF NEW ENGLAND | through October 12 | at the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland | 207.775.6148 | portlandmuseum.org
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