Thrift Shop Find Turns Out to Be Stolen Painting

Max Moran is still looking for his East Chop Light. John Alley in his top hat and tails, too. But Kelli, a nude painted on Lucy Vincent Beach, turned up at the Edgartown Second Hand Store. The plein air artist had other artwork stolen from his New York studio and is on a search and recovery mission.

Art Contest Success Due to Many Angels

We are lucky, whether we call the Island home for a week, a year, or generations at a time. This feeling was refreshed as the Vineyard Conservation Society launched an art contest for high schoolers.

Tracing Winter’s Shadows Through New Media Art

In November of 2013 new media artist Graham Smith began an experiment. He created art using custom software, the internet, local webcams and his smartphone.

All Island Art Show Encourages Everyone

The All Island Art Show is Monday and Tuesday, August 5 and 6. This annual event at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs is what you would call all-artist inclusive. The adult show is on Monday, from 9 to 4 p.m., and the junior art show is on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Historic Lithographs Unveiled at Oversouth

I was asked to go to Chilmark to interview Jane Slater at her antique shop in Menemsha about an upcoming art show and sale of original ink washes by Adolph Dehn, a Chilmark summer visitor during the 1930s and a regionalist painter. Recently a large body of his work became available to include his Chilmark period, and will be shown for sale at her shop from July 12 to July 14.

Vibrant Arts Community On Display at Old Sculpin

The Old Sculpin Gallery begins their summer season with a new manager, Jennifer Kowal, fresh out of a museum studies masters program at Johns Hopkins. Ms. Kowal, a native of Canterbury, Connecticut, began her post in April.

The previous manager, Kat Cope, resigned last winter as her own artistic career has begun to consume more of her time. The manager position is an “extremely demanding job,” which is suited to a young person, said Sara Aibel, president of the board of directors of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association, which is housed at the gallery.

Family Planning Art Show Puts Cause on Display

The works of over 120 Vineyard artists will be on display this weekend at the Agricultural Hall as Friends of Family Planning host their annual art show. The show opens today and runs through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is free. A special Gala Preview Party was held Thursday night.

Great Art, Good Works

I arrived on the Island as a twenty-something in the early 1980s and found a fledging art scene and stunning, unlimited beauty. There were a handful of galleries, one of which accepted me, but the bulk of my work was sold in New York. Little by little, independent art shows sprang into existence along with more permanent galleries. The all-Island art show was one such show, and the Family Planning art show was another.

Kara Taylor, Painting at a Thousand Feet

Pilot John Levinson said the first time he took painter Kara Taylor up in his single-engine Mooney Acclaim she didn’t say a word. “She was transfixed,” he says of her response to viewing the Island’s contours at 1,200 feet.

The Art of Family Planning

The Friends of Family Planning Art Show and sale celebrates its 24th year at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury beginning today, May 25, and running through Sunday, May 27. With about 125 artists exhibiting and over 25 Island eateries donating goods, the art show has become an essential fundraising event for the Island’s family planning clinic.

“For us it’s really crucial,” said board member Jennifer Knight. “It’s what enables us to support the clinic.” 

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