Monhegan Island Artist Residency

Alina Gallo ~ Summer 2011
Summer Solstice and end of school celebration with s’mores at Swim Beach

Summer Solstice and end of school celebration with s’mores at Swim Beach

Weather System I, egg tempera on panel, 5 x 7 inches, 2011

Weather System I, egg tempera on panel, 5 x 7 inches, 2011

Glorious Goats of Manana
There are four incredibly impish goats and one Shetland cow currently residing over Manana Island!  Manana is a rocky, juniper and bayberry covered island a short ride in Rusty’s dory across the harbor.  It has been used for grazing animals for literally hundreds of years.  No fences or constant supervision required!
For years, Manana was home to “the Hermit.” Ray Phillips was a food inspector in New York City during the 1920’s.  During the Depression he came to Monhegan, bough one-sixth of Manana Island, and built a 12 x 15 driftwood shack.  He lived there, with his goats, sheep and geese until he passed away in 1975 at age 83.

Glorious Goats of Manana

There are four incredibly impish goats and one Shetland cow currently residing over Manana Island!  Manana is a rocky, juniper and bayberry covered island a short ride in Rusty’s dory across the harbor.  It has been used for grazing animals for literally hundreds of years.  No fences or constant supervision required!

For years, Manana was home to “the Hermit.” Ray Phillips was a food inspector in New York City during the 1920’s.  During the Depression he came to Monhegan, bough one-sixth of Manana Island, and built a 12 x 15 driftwood shack.  He lived there, with his goats, sheep and geese until he passed away in 1975 at age 83.

Studio table in the morning light

Studio table in the morning light

botanical studies: mushrooms, two sorts of ferns and a purple lupine

The Monhegan Island Farm Project
Yesterday was opening day for the Monhegan Island Farmer’s Market.  Spearheaded by master gardener, Cathy, the Monhegan Island Farm Project has 10 plots of land loaned by individuals for vegetable gardening around the island.  Farm intern Ronnie explains to me how low carbon footprint the project is.  Apart from the seeds coming from the mainland by boat, the farming is done on the island machine free; pure elbow grease, sweat and wheelbarrows. 
Though she is modest, Cathy has masterminded and organized a sizable project to help feed the island from a local source.  A goal echoed by other island communities in Maine like Vinalhaven and Peaks.  Food is expensive to ship and these beautiful places are getting back to their roots by growing some of their own delicious food.  The Monhegan Farm Project is supported in part by an annual grant from the Island Institute.  The farmer’s market will be held on Wednesdays throughout the summer and is already offering gorgeous bok choy, salad turnips, rhubarb and all sorts of lettuce and spinach.

The Monhegan Island Farm Project

Yesterday was opening day for the Monhegan Island Farmer’s Market.  Spearheaded by master gardener, Cathy, the Monhegan Island Farm Project has 10 plots of land loaned by individuals for vegetable gardening around the island.  Farm intern Ronnie explains to me how low carbon footprint the project is.  Apart from the seeds coming from the mainland by boat, the farming is done on the island machine free; pure elbow grease, sweat and wheelbarrows. 

Though she is modest, Cathy has masterminded and organized a sizable project to help feed the island from a local source.  A goal echoed by other island communities in Maine like Vinalhaven and Peaks.  Food is expensive to ship and these beautiful places are getting back to their roots by growing some of their own delicious food.  The Monhegan Farm Project is supported in part by an annual grant from the Island Institute.  The farmer’s market will be held on Wednesdays throughout the summer and is already offering gorgeous bok choy, salad turnips, rhubarb and all sorts of lettuce and spinach.

Renovations!  The new Artist Residency sign.

Renovations!  The new Artist Residency sign.

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How's it going? The mussels and pasta look incredible!

Hi David,

Your new photos coming in are beautiful.  The color is wonderful.  Its going well on the island.  The whales are here! Saw a humpback, finbacks and a minke late this afternoon.  I’m getting ready to post some finished paintings, so stay tuned…