Psyche Behind the Scribble , Art Educator Connects Dots

Al Hurwitz will speak to members and guests of Vineyard Village at Home on the art of children’s drawing on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Chilmark Library.

Dr. Hurwitz is the author of Children and Their Art and has taught children from preschool to the Harvard graduate school of education. He is a recent recipient of the National Art Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a former Art Educator of the Year and is the former world president of INSEA, UNESCO’s International Society for Education Through Art.

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Mystical Glitches, Timeless Art: Rose Abrahamson’s Latest Look
Mark Alan Lovewell

Three years ago, Rose Abrahamson told a Vineyard Gazette reporter her art show then at the Shaw Cramer Gallery was her last. Now this summer, at 89 years of age, she is saying this show at the same gallery will be her last.

As talented and respected as she is, whenever Mrs. Abrahamson produces new paintings it calls for an exhibit. And just as well she is having another, because this show includes what she calls the best piece she ever has made.

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Gay Head Gallery Conserves Artistic, Environmental Legacy
Tatiana Schlossberg

After 10 years, the Gay Head Gallery is back. This time, it is a gallery with a mission.

Megan Ottens-Sargent, the owner of the gallery, which doubles as her home, has reopened her gallery to bring back sophisticated art to an up-Island audience, but also to engage the community in her other passions: conservation and democratic participation.

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Vineyarder Wins Beach Photo Contest

Chilmark resident Martina Mastromonaco was announced as the grand prize winner of the Favorite New England Beach photo contest hosted by Woods Hole Group. Martina’s photo was of Chilmark Pond, Land Bank Beach.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary Woods Hole Group launched the contest in August and invited the public from around the country to submit photographs of their favorite New England beaches. Submissions were accepted via Facebook, e-mail and even mobile phone uploads.

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Born Again, Recycled Art Takes Seat at Table

The sight of an old barn, a beacon of red in the midst of a green and yellow field, not unlike that of a lighthouse, often brings up visions of the past, and a more idyllic time when cows owned the earth and people, well, just milked them.

Artist Richard Dunbrack sees furniture.

Using recycled materials from old barns and antique oddities that have fallen from grace (he does not pillage), Mr. Dunbrack fashions whimsical yet functional furniture. Art you can take a nap in, if you will.

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Woodcut Paintings and Acrylic on Canvas

Next week’s spotlight shows at the Shaw Cramer Gallery include woodcut paintings by Ruth Kirchmeier and multi-layered acrylic on canvas paintings of barns and stone walls by Wendy Weldon.

On Tuesday, August 30, at 6 p.m. Ms. Kirchmeier will discuss the intricacies of woodcut carving, painting and printing. On Thursday, September 30, Ms. Weldon will share her inspirations and thoughts about exploring new concepts and techniques in painting. Her paintings originate as handcarved woodblocks.

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All the Island’s an Art Show

All the Island’s an Art Show

There is art being made on Martha’s Vineyard Island. Or to be more precise, there is a lot of wonderful art being made here. And while there are numerous galleries to visit, and some days an Islandwide gallery crawl is the perfect vacation experience, other times you just want everyone to come to you.

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Dragonfly’s Featured Artist

Dragonfly’s Featured Artist

Island painter Traeger di Pietro is the featured artist this week at Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery in Oak Bluffs. A reception will be held for him at the gallery on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Mr. di Pietro’s work focuses on landscapes, seascapes and figurative imagery depicting the Island and its working fishermen. This year three off-Island galleries have also begun to show his work.

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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.

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No Dream Weaver, Art of Tapestry Requires Patience and Strong Back
Tara Keegan

Even for an established weaver with 45 years of experience, it seems the essence of tapestry art is best explained by the reaction of an outsider to the art. While at a tapestry show in Philadelphia, Julia Mitchell witnessed the raw and pure reaction to her craft. A man passing by stopped in front of one of her woven linen tapestries and gawked momentarily before approaching the piece. Then he took the cloth in his hands, thrust it to his nose and sniffed deeply.

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