Reckoning with Nature: Andrew Winter at Monhegan Island
Monhegan, ME. June 24 – September 30, 2017
July and August: 11:30-3:30 daily
June and September: 1:30-3:30 daily
Catalogue of exhibition: available on-line and at the museum: $20
Opening reception: Sunday, July 2nd from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Andrew Winter was an acclaimed mid-twentieth century artist, born in Estonia, who sailed around the world before immigrating to the United States, establishing himself as a New York artist, and ultimately making Monhegan Island his year round home. Winter’s decision to live on Monhegan shaped his art in ways that distinguish him from the many artists of the island's summer art colony. He painted snow-covered vistas, rough winter seas, and fishermen at work hauling lobster traps. This summer’s art exhibition is a retrospective of Andrew Winter’s Monhegan paintings.
Winter’s love of the sea began during his childhood spent near the northern reaches of the Baltic Sea. Unable to pursue art lessons at an early age, Winter shipped out as a merchant seaman at the age of 20 and traveled the world. In 1920 he settled in New York and became a U.S. citizen. He was then able to enroll in the School of the National Academy of Design, and establish himself as an artist, living in New York’s Tenth Street Studio building. After visiting the island in the 1930s Winter and his wife, Mary gave up their New York apartment and bought a home on Monhegan. Andrew Winter lived and painted there until his death in 1958.
Winter’s early experience as a merchant seaman drew him to paint the island and community as it related to the surrounding sea. He rowed his boat out into heavy seas to gather material for his paintings of working lobstermen and painted many shipwrecks along Monhegan’s shoreline, including the famous wreck of the D.T. Sheridan tugboat of 1948.
Winter’s attraction to this remote island off the Maine coast was not a rejection of the art world. He continued to exhibit his work, including at the international Venice Biennial in 1938, with other noted painters such as Winslow Homer and Albert Pinkham Ryder.
The Monhegan Museum of Art & History is located in the historic Monhegan Island Light Station, 12 nautical miles off the coast of Maine and exists to steward and showcase the art and artifacts that represent the collective values of its community and to educate and communicate its meaning. The Monhegan Light Keeper’s House contain exhibits of Monhegan’s history. The Assistant Keeper’s House holds an art gallery that displays annual art exhibitions featuring the museum's art collection which spans more than 150 years. Additionally, the Rockwell Kent/James Fitzgerald Historic Artists’ Home and Studio display a collection of works by Fitzgerald. The museum is open daily from June 24 through September 30 and the Kent/Fitzgerald Home and Studio are open two days a week and by appointment throughout the summer.