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.

Windemere Raises $17,600 for Recreational Programs

Windemere Raises $17,600

For Recreational Programs

Hart Benton Landscape Set for Auction

A Thomas Hart Benton Vineyard landscape painting will go on the auction block Thursday at the Swann Galleries in New York city. The painting is from Mr. Benton’s early work, estimated to have been painted in the 1920s when Mr. Benton and his wife, Rita, first began summering on the Vineyard. Titled Landscape, Martha’s Vineyard, the painting is oil on paper, circa 1922-24.

The painting’s more abstract look is indicative of Benton’s early to mid-career work, according to Todd Weyman, a Benton expert at Swann Galleries.

Twenty Island Artists

Twenty Island Artists

On Tuesday, June 7, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will host an exhibition featuring the work of more than 20 Vineyard artists. A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. that day.

Artists Unite for Japan

Artists Unite for Japan

This Sunday, June 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. a group of local artists are gathering to help children in crisis as a result of the tsunami in Japan. The artists include Mark Zeender, Hiroko Thomson, Carrie Mae Smith, Elizabeth Cecil, Jocelyn Filley, Meg Bodnar and Greg Watson. Well, most are local. Hiroko doesn’t live here, but she’s a grandmother to locals which means her Island roots are not just deep but most likely spreading good vibes down at the playground as we speak.

A Moment With Ray Ellis

A Moment With Ray Ellis

Staring deeply into a painting, first from up close, then from afar, maybe trying a different angle or two to wander amidst the nuance of light and shadow is a beautiful journey. Viewer and art together on a tour of discovery.

But sometimes one desires a steady hand to lead this dance or at least fill in some background information on how art became art: Just what was the original inspiration and how much perspiration did it take to bring this painting to life?

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

A summer preview of Vineyard arts and culture will be heldat the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on June 7 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Art, Art Everywhere

Art, Art Everywhere

To be an art lover on Martha’s Vineyard during Memorial Day weekend is to be awash in color, hue, style and substance. Take a stroll almost anywhere on the Island and the sounds of art appreciation, not to mention wine and snacks, will lure you in for a bounty of riches. But why take a chance on missing out on any one artist? Check out the list below and start your motor running.

Artist Invite

Artist Invite

New Bedford Open Studios is extending an invitation to artists of Martha’s Vineyard to participate in the 2011 open studios event. Island artists may join over 100 visual artists, galleries and museums showcasing their work to the public during the first weekend of October. Vineyard artists can be placed in one of the artist-mill-buildings for that weekend, or create an exhibition in a space organizers will help you find. Performing artists, filmmakers, musicians are also encouraged to participate.

Gallery Opening

Gallery Opening

Treehouse Studios is now open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Paintings by Claudio Gasparini, an Italian artist and summer resident, are currently being featured. Also available are many other paintings as well as various antiques and collectibles.

Treehouse Studios is located at 472 State road in West Tisbury. For information, call 508-693-6645.

The gallery will be open daily throughout the season beginning Memorial Day weekend.

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