Spirit of Place... Island Respite... Creative Muses Abound
The mission of the Marilyn Faison Creative Residency is to provide illustrators, writers and artists an opportunity to create in relative seclusion on Peaks Island, just off the coast of Portland, Maine. (Birdsong, crashing waves, bike bells and peals of laughter may occasionally be heard). Here are two unique houses set in the woods across the lane from each other; one completely made of stone with a large outdoor deck, the other, a wooden tree house with a double layer of screened-in porches...each house has nooks and crannies for writing and reading, sketching, daydreaming or napping. Each house has a separate space for studio work, inside and out.
Imbued with the history of artists before you, especially Marilyn Faison, who left good spirits behind, the residency is now welcoming you to come and be creative, allow time for new projects or to finish one in the works.
Peaks is a lively summer community but the Faison property is set a world apart, yet as close to the culture of Portland as a 15 minute ferry ride. The houses are nestled in the center of the island and a short walk to the rocky "back shore"coast.
Marilyn Faison was a treasure unique to Peaks, a graduate of RISD and fashion/shoe designer for most of her career. Well known for her vibrant spirit and love for antiques, red shoes and modern art, the residency is intended to honor her legacy and celebrate creativity in all forms.