A new artist residency program on Peaks Island offers illustrators, writers and artists the opportunity to rent one of two secluded island cabins from June 24 to Sept. 30. The newly formed Illustration Institute, which promotes and encourages illustration with exhibitions and workshops, launched the Faison Artist Residency to give artists a place to work. Rent is $1,000 a week, and families are welcome.

The institute is renting two houses set in the woods across the lane from each other. One is made of stone with a large outdoor deck. The other is a wooden house with screened-in porches. Each house has a separate space for studio work, inside and out. Nancy Gibson Nash, director of programming for the Illustration Institute, called this summer’s residency program a “soft launch” of what she hopes will evolve into a summer-long Maine children’s book arts intensive.

The program is named in honor of Marilyn Faison, who Nash described as “a treasure unique to Peaks.” She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and worked as fashion and shoe designer most of her career. She was known for her vibrant spirit, her love of antiques, red shoes and modern art. “The residency is intended to honor her legacy and celebrate creativity in all forms,” Nash said in a press release.

For details and rental information, visit iifaison.org/about or illustrationinstitute.org.