The interior of Frank Benson’s studio in Maine

The studios used by great artists of the past are often available for use, and we have reported on plein air painters who have had the privilege of working in some of them. Boston artist Tom Dunlay tells us he will be teaching workshops in the Maine studio once used by Frank Benson (1862-1951), the legendary artist who taught Dunlay’s teacher R.H. Ives Gammell (1893-1981).

Living room murals painted by Benson

“I am renting Wooster Farm, Frank Benson’s summer home and studio on North Haven island in Maine, and will be holding two five-day workshops during the middle two weeks of September,” Tom Dunlay tells us. “The farm sits on 18 magnificent oceanfront acres overlooking the bay where Benson painted many of his most famous pieces. The site is rich in landscape and water views and boasts some of the most beautiful sunsets on the East Coast. There are six bedrooms that can be used by students attending the workshop.”

“Quince Street,” by Tom Dunlay

Dunlay explains, “We will be focusing on how the Boston Painters approached their work out of doors, concentrating on figure and landscape. I want to share some of the insights that were passed down to me by Mr. Gammell, who, in turn, was a student of Benson and William McGregor Paxton [1869-1941].” For more information, visit


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