Garden Center Grows Artistic Community With Weekly Show
Heidi Sistare

On Friday evenings during August, Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury is transformed into a community art gallery. Works of art are arranged among the plants and paintings are hung from benches turned on end.

“The idea came from wanting to support the local artists and knowing that our flowers would complement their work and their artwork would complement our flower plant displays,” said Christine Wiley, who owns Vineyard Gardens with her husband, Chuck Wiley.

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Fashion Sense on the Canvas, Artist Portrays Life in Color
Katie Ruppel

Glenn Tunstull treats an art exhibition like a fashion show.

Whereas fabrics and patterns decorate a model, swatches and brush strokes dress his canvas.

“Each painting represents where I am today,” Mr. Tunstull said.

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Art Show at Dockside Inn

Valentine Estabrook brings her solo show to the Dockside Inn on Saturday, July 20, from 4 to 7 p.m.. Her works include plein-air pastel and oil paintings of the Island landscape.

The Dockside Inn is located at 9 Circuit avenue extension in Oak Bluffs. Ms. Estabrook will provide a demonstration along with information about online and on-Island workshops.

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Kids' Art Show Benefits Less Fortunate
Connie Berry

Dinosaurs and sharks mingled nicely with live ducks and a baby goat at Saturday’s Sense of Wonder creations art show in Vineyard Haven. The dinosaur and shark were a couple of papier mache creations completed by young campers who attend the after-school program at Sense of Wonder. The ducks seemed right at home in a tub of water in the backyard. Music, face painting and a bean bag toss shared the space.

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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.

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Finding Peace Within Her Art, One Solid Brush Stroke at a Time

Two robins perch together on a dogwood branch, chests nearly touching. They appear to be conversing — one’s beak is cocked open, while the other looks on, comprehending, engaged. Situated slightly off center of the painting, the birds are framed by an abundance of delicate pink dogwood flowers, some just budding, others in full bloom.

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Gould Gallery Opening

Six artists will be featured in a new show at the Louisa Gould Gallery in Vineyard Haven, all of whom graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The show began on August 30 and continues through Sept. 10. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The artists are Jeanne Staples and Liz Taft (from the Vineyard), Sarah Son-Theroux, Deena Gu-Laties and Debra Hope Colligan from Cape Cod, and Saskia Eubanks of Boston.

The gallery is located at 54 Main street in Vineyard Haven.

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When Art and Music Go Gardening
Ivy Ashe

Enjoy the crisp August weather outdoors or stay indoors and visit one of the many art galleries on the Island? Thanks to Vineyard Gardens’ Gallery in the Garden events, held each Friday evening in August, the decision became a simple one: do both.

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The Lonely Days Are Gone, My Baby Printed Me a Letter
Olivia Hull

When most guests sit down to a dinner at Beetlebung Farm in Chilmark, they usually glance at the menu and then set it down again, absentmindedly imprinting it with grease and wine stains. But the more discerning will notice that the seemingly disposable item is actually a work of art — the design is innovative, the words have been selected for sound and form, and the ink has been elegantly fused with the paper.

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Cindy Kane Show

Cindy Kane Show

Artist Cindy Kane knows how to mix things up. Literally. Her latest exhibit entitled Inheritance currently on exhibit at the A Gallery in Vineyard Haven is a prime example of the artist’s journey into the paradoxical, eclectic world of today.

Ms. Kane’s mixed media exhibit brings together the many compartments of her life — motherhood, concern for the environment and global warfare and her interest in ancient artwork. She creates pieces that depict a world in flux and tumult.

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