Greater Light
Nantucket Events

Painting in the Garden

Greater LightA series of watercolor workshops for the whole family is being held every Wednesday morning by the Nantucket Historical Association at its Greater Light historic property, 8 Howard Street. This morning drop-in program will from 9 am to 12 noon on Wednesdays through August 21.

Originally a working livestock barn, Greater Light was turned into a summer home and art studio in the 1930s by Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan, two Quaker sisters from Philadelphia. The garden of this historic property once served as gathering spot for teas, a venue for parties and performances, and the perfect backdrop for summer visits with the family. Lovingly restored by the NHA, Greater Light reopened to the public in 2011.

With its history and its beautiful architectural details, Greater Light provides an inspiring setting for watercolor painting and artistic expression. Located on an historic in-town street, the Greater Light garden recalls the days of the Nantucket art colony in the 1930s. Admission for this program is $5 per person, with all supplies included.

“We are excited to bring back the popular ‘Painting in the Greater Light Garden’ series this summer!” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “Visitors of all ages really enjoyed the relaxed, creative atmosphere as well as the historic garden setting last year. At only $5 per person, we love being able to provide all Nantucketers with an affordable, family-friendly program at one of our beautiful historic properties.”