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    Press Release -- Artists Association of Nantucket
    Date: August 5, 2020
    Contact: Robert Frazier, AAN Artistic Director
    508 680-6784

    AAN Completes Major Art Acquisition Project With Dual Exhibitions

    The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) announces the completion of a major acquisition project of Nantucket Art Colony works. Over 100 priceless artworks were donated to AAN in celebration of the association’s 75 th anniversary.

    Many of these original works can be seen in the curated exhibition Preserving the Future, now open to the public in dual locations, 41 Straight Wharf and the Visual Arts Center at 24 Amelia Drive.

    “This project began a few years ago in anticipation of our anniversary this summer,” said curator and AAN Artistic Director Robert Frazier. “I was completely overwhelmed by the generosity of serious collectors, patrons, and the artist’s families. They understood my urgency for keeping these artworks protected.”

    The newly acquired collection features seven paintings by Frank Swift Chase, considered the dean of Nantucket artists who summered on island from 1920 into the early 1950s. Two of these works are the iconic “Union Street” and “Alongside The Wharf”, featured on the cover of Historic Nantucket, Summer, 2007. Oil paintings by Chase’s talented peers include “Boat Yard” and “Nantucket Wharf Scene” by Anne Ramsdell Congdon, as well as Elizabeth Saltonstall’s large oil “Peaceful Boats”, two oils of the harbor by Emily Hoffmeier, and paintings by Ruth Haviland Sutton, Harriet Lord, and Isabelle Hollister Tuttle.

    “This is preservation at an unprecedented level,” said art collector Peter Steingraber.

    The entire acquisition project is lavishly illustrated in a just-released art history book authored by Frazier, Born From A Hurricane, 75 Years of the Artists Association of Nantucket -- available at both exhibition locations. Other bright lights of the Nantucket Art Colony on display from the acquisition project include John Austin, C. Robert Perrin, Annie Barker Folger, Roy Bailey, Pat Gardner, Robert Freiman, Tony Sarg, Mary Sarg Murphy, Andrew Shunney, Mary Turlay Robinson, Charles Green Shaw, and Philip Burnham Hicken.

    Preserving the Future will run through Columbus Day weekend at the Visual Arts Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; and at 41 Straight Wharf through Labor Day weekend, Wednesday thru Monday, 12-5 p.m.