Monhegan Art Walks
Imagine yourself on an island twelve miles out to sea, disconnected from your daily routine and surrounded by natural beauty. Our tours follow the footsteps of great artists like George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and Edward Hopper, walking the same trails they hiked while carrying their canvases out to the cliffs. Together, we will explore sites that inspired many of the great masterworks of the 20th century.
Since 2010, Monhegan Island Walking Tours has made Monhegan Island's art history, natural history, and cultural history accessible with a wonderful and memorable experience. Our tours opens up Monhegan's rich art heritage and dynamic contemporary community through informative guided hikes and tours of artist studios and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are custom-tailored to the specific interests and needs of the customer and can be focused on specific artists or locations on the island.
Running from May through October, groups of 10-15 people are guided on a series of hikes that explore the island's shipwreck, cliffs, forest, art history, and culture. Tour guide Leith MacDonald uses his experience hiking and painting on the island to match hikes safely with the physical ability of the group. Participants are invited to spend the night at the Trailing Yew, a long-time home of Monhegan's summer artist colony, in order to enjoy the true island experience but day trips are also possible.
Past tour groups have included museum staff and docents, accomplished artists, photography students, and Monhegan art enthusiasts. Examples include:
· Cape Cod Museum of Art
· Farnsworth Art Museum
· Island Institute
· Maine Media Workshops
· Monhegan Wellness
· Plattsburgh State Art Museum
Here's a sample of what they have had to say about the tours: