Landscape Artistry

Landscape Artistry

Shaw Cramer Artists Bring Island Home

It’s summertime and Martha’s Vineyard looks like one big landscape oil painting. Simply perfect and bursting with both subtle shades and vibrant colors. Shame the Island is too big to pop in the trunk of the car and take home to remember such perfection all winter long. We have tried, but no go, even with one of those clamshells on the roof-rack. Chappy keeps blowing off midway home and ending up in the tall weeds somewhere off 95.

Students Shine at Old Sculpin Reception

The Old Sculpin Gallery was full of lively energy and a crowd of people on Sunday. It was the show for the scholarship winners of the Martha’s Vineyard Arts Association.

This year’s winners are Isaac Hurwitz and Kira Shipway; the alternate is Tova Katzman.

Each of the three recent high school graduates presented an impressive array of work, stretching across mediums and subject matters.

Suspense Builds in Artist’s Early Scenes

At first you can’t tell what the paintings are. Then you notice the gruesome red spot on one, the shape of a head on the second, the bodily form lying there on the third; three paintings playing with your perception of a man who has been shot in the head.

The artist is Walker Roman, 21, who is one of four featured artists at Shephard Fine ArtSpace’s show that opened last Saturday.

Hey, Sports Fans! Meet Your Artist

We often equate artists with one distinct style. But John Holladay, originally from the Midwest and for many years now a resident of Vineyard Haven, paints and illustrates with so much versatility, he’s impossible to pigeon- hole.

And yet one of his hugely successful, largely unknown artistic endeavors is now being celebrated at the Louisa Gould Gallery on Main street, Vineyard Haven. From 1980 to 2000 he was licensed to paint the official artwork for NBA, NFL and college sports teams, work that later appeared on posters, shirts and jigsaw puzzles.

New Book Puts You Behind Quiet Eye of Alison Shaw

If you visit the Alison Shaw Gallery during its opening this Memorial Day weekend, you may find yourself among the many who are inspired to go out and make photographs as calmly arresting and as quintessentially Vineyard as Ms. Shaw’s. If this is the case, the best remedy might be a copy of Ms. Shaw’s new book, Photographing Martha’s Vineyard: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them.

Plein Air, Plus Critique

Plein Air, Plus Critique

On Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m., oil painter Meg Mercier will give a brief gallery talk about her plein air paintings on view at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown.

The evening will also include a constructive critique by folk artist Brian Kirkpatrick for anyone who wishes to bring in a work in progress. Contact the gallery for more details at 508-627-4881, mvaa@verizon.netor or visit

VanLandingham Exhibit

VanLandingham Exhibit

Island-born painter Dan VanLandingham, fresh from receiving his master of fine arts degree at Savannah College of Art and Design, will exhibit his Vineyard landscapes at Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery. Mr. VanLandingham is the featured artist at the gallery through June 22.

The gallery is at 91 Dukes County avenue in the arts district in Oak Bluffs. Call 508-693-8877 or visit

Student Art Show

Student Art Show

A show featuring the work of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association scholarship winners opens tomorrow at the Old Sculpin Gallery on Dock street in in Edgartown.

The reception is Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Featured artists are scholarship winners Isaac Hurwitz and Kira Shipway and alternate Tova Katzman.

Isaac’s mediums range from oils, acrylics and inks to spray paint and watercolor. He is currently attending the San Francisco Art Institute.

Brazilian Dance Highlights Museum Opening

The architecture of the 18th century Colonial home enjoyed by four generations of the Cooke family won’t be the oldest art on display on Friday evening when the Martha’s Vineyard Museum opens its season with a free reception for members and guests: A traditional Afro-Brazilian dance that dates back to the 16th century will be on show, too, courtesy of a group from Martha’s Vineyard Capoeira.