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Volume 40 Issue 1 • April 22 - May 5, 2010
now in our 40th season

New Location for Well- Known Island Shop

Renowned artist and entrepreneur Claire Murray has announced the grand opening of her new retail store location on Nantucket, located at 16 Federal Street.

The store will be open during Nantucket’s famous “Daffodil Festival Weekend” from Friday April 23rd through Sunday April 25th, with the grand opening celebration to follow in May.

During the weekend, Claire will allow customers to preview never-before-seen rugs from upcoming Spring and Summer collections, offer rug-hooking demonstrations, have a free drawing for a 5’x7’ rug and more!

Autographed copies of her latest coffee-table book, Women and the Sea will also be available for a special price throughout this exciting weekend!
Claire Murray has transformed her small Nantucket company into a distinguished, International brand. In addition to her national award-winning magazine, La Vie Claire and two coffee-table books, Claire continues to expand her extensive line of home accessories, and of course, her renowned collection of exquisite hand-hooked rugs. Today, Claire’s products are sold all over the world.

“I have never regretted my move from New York to Nantucket.  I traded skyscrapers for rose-covered cottages, the Empire State Building for Sankaty Light, and an island surrounded by bridges for an island accessible by boat or small plane.  While much of my work today takes me back to New York, Nantucket is where it all began. . .”

Extended Hours and New Exhibits

In celebration of Nantucket’s annual Daffodil Festival—now enjoying its thirty-sixth year—the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA)  is pleased to offer extended spring hours beginning Thursday, April 22.  The Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street, will be open Thursday–Monday, 11 A.M.–4 P.M.

A Passion for People: 40 Years of Nantucket Portrait Photography by Beverly Hall opens April 22 in the Whitney Gallery of the NHA Research Library at 7 Fair Street.  The retrospective will open a window into the remarkable changes that have occurred on Nantucket during the last four decades.  In addition to the traditionally framed photographs, the exhibition will feature several hundred images on multiple presentation screens.  These electronic images will be organized by categories so visitors can view individual topics such as “Characters” and “Artists.”  The exhibit continues to December 31.

Opening May 28 is Visions of Her: Portrait Photography by Nantucket Youth, and on July 1, Sometimes Think of Me: Notable Nantucket Women through the Centuries, the NHA’s major exhibition for 2010 will open with a special members preview.

The Museum Shop is open for the season and will be open Thursday – Monday through May 12, then daily from May 13 to November 1. Adjacent to the museum, the shop carries a wide selection of fine gifts—many with a nautical theme including reproduction scrimshaw.

Saturday, May 29, NHA’s Walking Tours will begin and their other historic sites will open for the season.


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