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3/12/2019 - Paintings of Monhegan Island, Maine in April 2019

A selection of The Treetops Crew’s paintings of Monhegan Island, Maine will be on display in the Southbury Public Library’s Gloria Cachion Art Gallery from April 5th through April 30th, 2019.

The Treetops Crew is a group of Connecticut artists that have rented a house called “Treetops” on Monhegan Island, Maine for the past several years. These artists are Tom Adkins and Rick Daskam of Southbury, Jim Laurino of Burlington, Cathy Liontas of Milford, Ed Magnotti of New Haven, George Manning of North Haven and Bob Noreika of Rockyhill.

Monhegan Island, Maine is a small fishing village that feels like a throw-back in time to a simpler life. For over 150 years, artists have been attracted to the rugged natural beauty of the island. Names like, Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper, George Bellows and all of the Wyeth family, have painted on “The Rock,” as well as many more that are represented in any American Art Museum across the country. Situated 10 miles off the mid-coast, it features the highest vertical drop into the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern seaboard. The size of Monhegan is roughly 1 ¾ miles long and 2/3 of a mile wide, and the island offers 17 miles of hiking trails.

The majority of the works displayed are Oil paintings with a few Acrylic and Watercolors by Bob Noreika. They are for the most part started and finished on the spot; plein-air paintings like those done by the French Impressionists 150 years before. Sometimes, the Treetops crew paint together, but for the most part everyone goes their own way and often crosses paths throughout the day. In the evening, when there is no more sun to work with the artists get together and discuss the events and accomplishments of the day. On occasion, the crew heads out in the evening to paint under moonlight. These paintings are called nocturnes.

The exhibit will be open during regular library hours which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Saturday from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.