25 January 2011

Nantucket Island Artist Program Debuts in Palm Beach

Contact: Otilia, Media Relations
Century House, Nantucket Island
Gerry Connick and JeanE Heron, Innkeepers
Phone: 5008.228.0530; Email: centurybnb@aol.com

Century House Innkeepers Expand Artist in Residence Program to Winter Stays

(Nantucket, MA) - January 25, 2011 Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket Island, kicks off its Winter Artist in Residence Program this week with the arrival of Frank Corso, http://www.frankcorso.com/ an internationally recognized artist, and one of the first Program members in the 1980’s. Innkeeper Gerry Connick hosts the participants in the private “artist studio” located in Palm Beach, Florida where he resides for those few months when the inn is closed off and being readied for the new Century Season.

Frank Corso travels extensively around the country and Europe, focusing his attention on Italy. More recently, his works have concentrated on the Everglades of South Florida. He achieved Master status at the Copley Society in Boston and has received numerous awards for his work, including The Yankee Sagendorf award and the Grumbacher medal. His paintings have been included in “The Best of Oil Painting” and the Best of Pastel” hard cover art books by Rockport Publishers and several featured articles in art magazines. Most recently his paintings were selected to be in the movie set of the major motion picture called “The Company Men” starring Kevin Costner, Ben Afflect and Tommy Lee Jones.

The Palm Beach studio, located just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal and prestigious Worth Avenue, affords the visiting artists an array of enticing vistas to capture on one’s tropical palette. As the Southern light has many of the characteristics of the exquisite, ever changing light of Nantucket; the opportunity provides the Program participants with a complementary portfolio to the artists’ existing body of work. Innkeeper Gerry expanded the Program to include the Winter Stays as he noted that “the Vias off of Worth Avenue, yachts docked at the Palm Beach Basin just down the street, sunrises and sunsets, majestic palm trees, brilliant flora, world famous gardens and architecture capture the imagination … leading to the creation of paintings of charm and emotion that introduce a warmth to the Winter sky”. Gerry is most interested in the color changes and the ways in which they affect plein air painting.”

The Century House ties to the artist community have its roots from the days in 1833 when the Whaling Captain Robert Calder acquired the land and built the property known as the Century House. From this lineage came the renown descendant, sculptor and artist, Alexander Calder, most famous for inventing the mobile art form.

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 by phone at 508.228.0530 or email at centurybnb@aol.com. More details on participating artists will be posted on http://www.centuryhouse.com
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.

photos: Michael Price Photography

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