Each summer since 1993 a group of 12 artists, (painters, writers, sculptors, photographers) some new, some repeaters have come to Great Spruce Head Island to work independently and to share their love of the artistic process. This large private island provides a nurturing environment for people with a broad range of creative expression.
In the quiet and simplicity of island life, creativity can flourish. Art week has no instruction or structured workshop. Participants enjoy three special meals a day, a private bedroom and work space on one of five porches. The island also provides many opportunities for physical exercise; including miles of hiking trails, secluded beaches, tennis and boating.
An inter-island mailboat makes daily trips from Sylvester's Cove on Deer Isle. Parking is available. By air use Bangor Airport and taxi.
In 1912 a Chicago architect, James Porter, purchased Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay and built a 12 bedroom "summer cottage" for his family of five children who spent summers there throughout their lives. Little has changed. Food is still cooked on a wood-burning stove. Solar energy now provides electricity. Island living greatly influenced the family. It fostered a passion for nature and shaped the lives of his children, Nancy photographer Eliot, painter Fairfield, and teacher, John Porter. Their children and their children's children continue the tradition as a haven for artists.
We are happy to offer artists access to this environment. Art Week takes place late June orJuly each summer.
A letter of intent is welcome anytime during the year.
Since there is always a wait list of applicants, the earlier you
send your application the sooner you will be considered.
This is especially true for participants applying for funding.
Please include: l. A written statement of your art experience. 2 What would you like to accomplish?
The total cost is $900.
To apply for funding please contact:
Sarah Faragher111 Church StStockton Springs, ME 04981
"The George R. Bunker Honorarium" for a student from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
The "Porter Brothers Honorarium" a grant given by Anne Porter Estate
For further information write:
Anina P. Fuller 149 Kearney Ave. Sonoma, CA 95476
Schools and colleges may wish to offer to cover the expenses of a student or faculty member. This has been done very successfully by Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA.
The local Maine grants are financed by past participants and friends who support this endeavor.