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  • MMA Welcomes Danny O’Connor as its Artist in Residence

    The Maria Mitchell Association is pleased to welcome Danny O’Connor as its artist in residence. Danny O will be working in collaboration with the MMA to create art pieces and organize programming during the coming months. Joanna Roche, The Maria Mitchell Association’s Executive Director says, “We look forward to welcoming Danny O at the MMA and can’t wait to see how the island and legacy of Maria Mitchell inspires his art.” As a mixed media artist, Danny O is often working in collaboration with others on special projects using a wide range of media. Danny O’s work has been featured in the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Oprah's “Top 100 Anniversary Issue”. His innovative work has caught the attention of museum goers at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and his posters at Target and Home Goods have become collectables.

    His years as a US Navy photographer (1981-1986) and his education at the Cooper Union contributed to the diverse influences in his life as an artist. As a collage artist, he distills inspirations in his Berkshire studio – mining magazines, books, flyers, packaging, albums, and pop culture folders to transform into small collages. He uses the paper process to explore and react spontaneously and quickly. His larger oil paintings on canvas are based on the work created during the collage process.

    The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell.
    The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a
    research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and
    history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.

    Danny O’Connor Summer Schedule

    Weekly in the Month of July and August
    Weekly Wednesdays Collage and Sip ($25 per person / material fee $5)
    Join artist Danny O and work with the Maria Mitchell Association’s Collection of 100 years of National Geographic Magazine to be part of this historic community collage project – each week we will explore collage while sipping on wine at 33 Washington Street. Take home your own special piece of art and be part of the history of the MMA.

    Every Saturday starting July 2nd
    Drawing in Nature for Adults, 9am – 10am ($25 per person / material fee $5)
    Join artist Danny O for personalized instruction and art making in a small group setting. Explore landscape painting, drawing, and collage making. Danny creates whimsical pieces that reflect the everyday – collage, painting, illustration, and print transfer processes will be explored.
    Kids Art, 10:30am-11:30am
    Join artist Danny O for a small personalized class with hands on instruction – children will explore a variety of projects and make all kinds of fun art.

    Saturday, July 16th & Saturday, August 6th
    Community Collage Day, 10am – 4pm
    Please join us for a Community Collage Day with artist-in-residence, Danny O. We will be collaging with our impressive 100 year collection of National Geographic Magazines. This special Community Collage Day is in collaboration with the Artist Association of Nantucket. Did you know that Maria Mitchell's brother, Henry Mitchell was a founder of this storied periodical in 1888? It seems big legacies run in the family! This event will be FUN for the whole family. Collage kits can be picked up at the Artist Association of Nantucket located at 19 Washington Street.

    Private Course
    Private Art Classes on Request $250 / hour
    Join Danny O for a unique and personalized instructional session of creativity. The location and choice of medium is up to the creativity of the guest!

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