Vineyard Student Wins Congressional Art Contest

Regional High School student Isabelle Crawford was named “best in show” in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Her photograph of an oak tree in North Tisbury will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

An Eye on Posterity

Photographer Peter Simon is currently working on a DVD of his life’s work. The project is called Through the Lens — Celebrating Fifty Years of Personalized Photojournalism.

The completed three-hour DVD will include the stories behind many of his iconic photographs. Mr. Simon is currently raising funds for the project through a kickstarter internet campaign that concludes on July 28, 2013. For more information visit,

Kentucky Derby Talk

Mint julep anyone? Louisa Gould is bringing the Kentucky Derby to Vineyard Haven as she shares a look at the jockeys, trainers, owners and horses through her photographer’s lens.

Just 17 Years Old, Professional Photographer Is Ready for His Close-up

Eli Dagostino stands out. But it’s not the shock of well-groomed bright red hair. And it’s not the ankle-skimming plum-colored chinos, cream-colored waffle tee and elegantly-tied brown chukka shoes.

It’s his energy.

In Still Photos Time Marches On

Michael Zide, a former Island resident, Vineyard Gazette photographer and current instructor at the Hallmark Institute of Photography, will present images of the Vineyard landscape and lead a photography discussion at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton on Tuesday, April 23. The lecture, An Exploration of Time, Fact and Imagination: the Changing World of Landscape Photography, will feature black-and-white landscapes from Mr. Zide’s time on the Vineyard between 1969 and 1982.

So Focused Photography

Today, Nov. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. there will be an artists reception for Kye Howell and Ilao Jackson of the So Focused Photography Group. The reception takes place at the photography gallery at The WorkOut and Tennis Center located at the Airport Road in West Tisbury.

Local Photographer Featured in NYC

If anyone is headed to New York city next weekend, local photographer Michael Zide will be featured at the PhotoPlus International Expo to be held at the Javitz Center on Oct. 25 to 27.

Mr. Zide will have a collection of his Martha’s Vineyard and Western Massachusetts images on display as well as participating in a print-signing which takes place between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Friday, Oct. 26. Visit

Winning Photo of Alpaca Appears on State Calendar

Heather Welch of Island Alpaca Co. appeared in person to receive her award for winning the photo contest to be published in the 2009 Massachusetts agriculture calendar. Two of her photographs will appear in the 2009 calendar.

The ceremonies took place yesterday, Sept. 18, at the Big E Fairgrounds in West Springfield.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Photographer: Artist Launches Virtual Gallery

Lanny McDowell is having an opening this week that can take place in anyone’s home or office. He has opened a gallery on the Internet showing his fine art avian photographs. Anyone can go there by pressing a few buttons on the computer.

Most Vineyard artists have openings at galleries. They schedule a day in the height of summer to roll out their work, send out a box full of invitations and wait for the crowds to come. A reception usually includes wine and cheese and then after a week or so, the work comes down.

Alpacas in January

Alpacas in January

The Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom organization announced this week that a photograph taken at the Island Alpaca Farm will appear in its 2012 calendar. The photograph by farm owner Barbara Ronchetti shows alpacas in the snow. The picture will grace the January calendar page. To order a calendar visit