Ray Ellis has been painting for over 70 years, much of it on the Vineyard. This year one of his paintings was auctioned off for $120,000 at the Taste of the Vineyard fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. Two years ago at the same event, a painting by Mr. Ellis went for $250,000. Last year, his tie was bought for $150,000. To hear him talk will only cost $75.

Mr. Ellis will be hosting, along with friend and fellow artist Allen Whiting, the first in a series of Speakeasy events to benefit the West Tisbury Library expansion. The event will be held on Wednesday, July 11, at the Granary Gallery on Old County Road in West Tisbury. The Granary Gallery and State Road Restaurant, in collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., are hosting the series which will continue throughout the summer. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m.