Monadnock Art / Friends of the Dublin Art Colony (MA / FDAC) is a non-profit organization with a mission of celebrating the presence of the visual arts in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire, from the artists who gathered in and near Dublin at the turn of the 19th century to the hundreds of artists who live and work throughout the region today.
The landscape here seems to nourish creative energy. At the end of the 19th century artists were drawn to the area by its bracing scenery and the inspiration of Mount Monadnock. They cultivated a unique community centered on the arts, and today we strive to follow their example. In 2007, "Monadnock Art" was added to the original name to better communicate the range of programs and services for artists and those who appreciate the arts. It is unlikely the group of artists who worked in and near Dublin over one hundred years ago would be surprised to know the arts continue to thrive in the towns around Mount Monadnock.
Over the years, MA / FDAC has produced and sponsored a variety of programs, notably the Annual Open Studio Art Tour in early October. On this weekend more than 50 artists in the towns around Mount Monadnock open their studios to the public. The Tour itself is free, and many artists offer work for sale specially priced for this event.
Other programs have included a film series, lectures, special exhibitions, and video documentaries about artists associated with what is now referred to as the Dublin Art Colony, as well as an Educational Outreach project to connect artists with local school. MA / FDAC has contributed toward the purchase of paintings by Dublin artists for the permanent collections of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery and the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene. We will continue to update the web site to add information about our programs and services.