Celebrate PenArt’s Beginning

PenArt founder Madeline Tripp Tourtelot was an internationally recognized filmmaker prior to opening the school. Submitted photo.

Travel back to 1965 to experience the time of Peninsula School of Art’s founding. The school’s opening event will be May 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm with ‘60s era music and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. View archival news clips shot in 1965 and films by the school’s founder Madeline Tripp Tourtelot, an accomplished filmmaker and enthusiastic patron of the arts. Tourtelot makes an appearance via a holographic screen showing her acting in her film Windsong.

Further celebrate PenArt’s golden anniversary by exploring the concept of creativity with interactive activities, viewing a video containing interviews with the school’s first students and instructors, as well as art created in the early days of the school. The school also features their opening exhibit The Beat Goes On: The Happening of PenArt, 1965 from May 22 through July 11. The Beat Goes On offers a public interactive component. Using #CreativeSpaces on social media accounts – including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – all are invited to share with Peninsula School of Art and the world, ideas or images of an ideal creative space. A participant whose #CreativeSpaces post has been randomly selected at the close of the online event, held May 8 – June 19, will receive a free workshop of their choice in 2015 or 2016. Details are available on Facebook. For more information visit