Vickie Manning in the New York Times

NEW LIFE FOR THE WYETH LEGACY FIVE MILES OUT TO SEA

by Meredith Mendelsohn

Colby College has acquired two islands off Maine that inspired the first family of American art, and will show newly discovered works that Andrew Wyeth drew in secret.

Nestled in the Atlantic Ocean, five miles off the coast of the picturesque town of Port Clyde, Maine, lie two rugged islands with stories to tell. Allen and Benner, as they are called, have witnessed a string of inhabitants over the centuries, from the Abenaki people and English colonists to homesteading lobstermen. And then came Betsy and Andrew Wyeth — mid-coast Maine locals and the most high-profile members of what many consider the first family of American art… read full article here.

The painter Jamie Wyeth and his dog Iggy on the dock at Benner Island, which his mother, Betsy Wyeth, purchased in 1990. Benner and the neighboring Allen Island have been acquired by Colby College.