The Monhegan Museum of Art and History will host an exhibit called “Cape Ann and Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies” July 1 through September 30. The show, organized in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts, will explore the relationship between the two historic and still-thriving art colonies and feature the work of artists connected with both places.

At the turn of the 20th century, American artists flocked to new summer art colonies that stretched from California to New England. The art colonies in Cape Ann and Monhegan, while quite different, became crossroads in the history of American art, hosting major artists through the years. Each of the artists represented visited or lived in both Cape Ann and Monhegan, including Theresa Bernstein, Eric Hudson, Leon Kroll, Hayley Lever, James Fitzgerald, Lester Stevens, Don Stone, and Stow Wengenroth, among others.

The exhibition will travel from Monhegan to the Cape Ann Museum in the fall, where it will be on view October 23 through January. A 64-page illustrated catalog with contributions by James F. O’Gorman, Martha Oaks, Oliver Barker,and Jennifer Pye will accompany the exhibit. It will be available for purchase in the Monhegan Museum Store for $20, or by visiting