Art for a Cause at Family Planning Art Show

More than 250 guests packed into the Agriculture Hall Thursday night to celebrate the opening of the 25th annual Friends of Family Planning Art Show. During the opening gala, artists mingled with the public and unveiled their work for all to see.

Family Planning Art Show Headlines Memorial Day Weekend

The 25th annual Friends of Martha’s Vineyard Family Planning Art Show fundraiser begins with a gala at the Agricultural Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22.

Two Island Advocacy Groups Work Together to Provide Essential Services

Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard and Connect to End Violence are set to strengthen their partnership with a collaboration that begins May 1. Call volume for domestic violence and rape counseling was up on the Island this winter.

Friends of Family Planning Wants You to Make Art

Friends of Family Planning is looking for artists for its annual art show to be held this year from May 23 to 25. The deadline for applications is April 15.

Family Planning Names New Island Director

An outreach and education manager in human services has been named director of Martha’s Vineyard Family Planning, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Brenda Grandizio most recently worked as a program instructor counseling young parents at Chester County Intermediate Unit, an educational agency which provides direct services to school districts outside of Philadelphia, Pa.

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.

Family Planning Art Show

Memorial Day Weekend brings more than the signal of summer. It is also the weekend of the annual Friends of Family Planning Art Show Benefit which helps support the Family Planning Clinic of Martha’s Vineyard.

Island artists donate from 40 to 100 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of their work to benefit the cause. Appetizers and desserts are donated by Island restaurants, caterers and chefs.

The opening gala benefit is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. Music will be provided by Jeremy Berlin.

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.

Shopping for the Betterment of Women’s Health

Judy Hartford, owner of Red Mannequin Boutique and Bananas, and Stina Sayre, owner of Stina Sayre Design ­— both board members of the Friends of Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard — are taking their convictions to their cash registers.

State Cuts Affect Island Health Care

Health and human service agencies on the Vineyard are already feeling the effects of severe state budget cuts made last week by Gov. Deval Patrick and are bracing for more in the months ahead.

State funding to Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services was slashed in the cuts, while directors at the Island Health Care Rural Clinic in Edgartown and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital were busy this week preparing for spending and hiring freezes.

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