Holiday Gift Show

Holiday Gift Show

Got those Black Friday blues? Never fear, there’s no reason to go off-Island and get involved in that mad commercial scramble. But no need to sit home giftless with a long list to fill, either.

Today, Nov. 18, Featherstone in Oak Bluffs opens up its annual holiday gift show. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight and then continues throughout the weekend from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Exploring Art of the Third Dimension

It’s a 3-D world, and Vineyard artists are hip to that.

At artist Jeanne Staples’s upcoming exhibition at the Granary Gallery you will see Crick Hill at Menemsha, just as lovely as you know her work to be, but in addition to landscapes of Martha’s Vineyard, Staples may surprise you with some installation pieces, including a thrilling third dimension.

Look out for Eat Beets for Health and The Vodou King, a life-size double portrait of Haitian artist Wilfred Dantis. In these pieces, Ms. Staples explores her more modernist interests.

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Harlem Rennaisance Cabin Woodcarving Heads to Auction
Nina Tarnawsky

By NINA TARNAWSKY

A rare collaboration between Harlem Renaissance artists Norman Lewis and Augusta Savage, called The Hubert Log Cabin, is coming up for auction from the Swann Gallery in New York on Oct. 6.

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Caring for the Ties That Bind, Whether Books or Soundboards
Nina Tarnawsky

In an ever more digitized world, Mitzi Pratt and Flip Scipio still work by hand. On separate levels of their two-story Moshup Trail studio, these artisans rely not on machines but on their knowledge, skill and experience. Though their mediums are different — Ms. Pratt is a bookbinder and Mr. Scipio makes guitars — their work sometimes overlaps, each feeding the other’s.

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Artist Retrospective Is So Big it Takes Two Galleries

Sometimes an artist is so wonderful it takes two galleries to promote her.

Beginning next week on Thursday, Sept. 29, and running through Oct. 10, the Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery and Shephard Fine ArtSpace will be holding a joint retrospective showing for artist Nancy Furino.

At 82 years of age, Ms. Furino has been living and painting on the Vineyard since she moved here in 1980. A Copley Master, she is noted for her colorful work depicting scenes from Martha’s Vineyard and around the world.

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Landscape Artistry

Landscape Artistry

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Bravo, Susan Johnson

Bravo, Susan Johnson

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are presenting an exhibit of landscape studies by painter Susan Johnson. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours throughout the month of August as part of its Art in the Stacks initiative.

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Art Show Reveals Abstract Inclination

Vineyard artist Wendy Weldon is holding an open house at her art studio in Chilmark over Thanksgiving weekend. Her work includes paintings, monotypes and drawings both on canvas and paper.

In her latest artist statement she says, “My latest work expresses my return to more abstracted imagery. I have spent many years moving away from the abstract to the more objective.”

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Evening Shoppers Stroll Tisbury As Businesses Rev Up Renaissance
Nina Tarnawsky

The first Tisbury art stroll got off to a quiet start on Friday night, but no matter, the tide in this port town is changing. Dawn Braasch, owner of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and now president of the Tisbury Business Association, is on a mission to revitalize downtown Vineyard Haven.

And the art stroll was a good way to kick off her campaign. “It just felt like there was life again in Vineyard Haven. It was lovely,” she said.

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Plein Air Painting Derby Lures Artists with Bait Brush

Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery will host a Plein Air Invitational Painting Derby from Sept. 1 through Sept. 25 with a reception on Saturday, Sept. 10.

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