The Art and Artists of Monhegan
Rockland Historical Society Board Member Leith MacDonald will give a talk on the Art and Artists of Monhegan, on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30 pm, in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library. Following Leith’s talk, there will be refreshments and conversation in the Museum of the Rockland Historical Society.
As a young artist, Leith spent significant time on Monhegan, painting the rugged coast. He developed a knowledge and love of Monhegan’s art history and began giving guided tours – following in the footsteps of George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper, and others – exploring the sites that inspired many great masterworks.
After moving to Rockland, Leith worked as a member of the curatorial department of the Farnsworth Art Museum. He has curated or helped with exhibits for the Monhegan Museum, the Island Institute, Colby College Art Museum, the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, Langlais Sculpture Preserve, and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Now working for the Wyeth Study Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Leith created the popular exhibit titled “Andrew Wyeth in Rockland,” incorporating the voices and stories of long-time Rockland residents.
Leith recently curated and cataloged a large private collection of Monhegan art. He will share photos of some of the paintings in the collection and explore the connections between the artists and their subjects on Monhegan, Maine’s premier art colony.