Aging Artfully: At 90 Years Old, Still Putting on a Show

Rose Abrahamson has a history of saying this is her last art show. Who can blame her? After all, she is 90 years old. But thankfully, thus far, she has not made good on her promise.

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John Lennon's Artistic Message Will Possess, Caress Vineyard
Joel Greenberg

It was fitting, maybe inevitable, that Yoko Ono and John Lennon met in an art gallery at a showing of her work in London. Now, more than 40 years later, Ms. Ono has established a tradition of exhibiting Mr. Lennon’s art around the United States to celebrate her late husband’s passion for peace and love, which she says with a matter-of-factness that restores those words to their late-1960s meaning, before they became glib catchphrases for many people.

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Oak Bluffs Art Stroll

Oak Bluffs Art Stroll

On Saturday, August 11, this month’s Arts District Stroll in Oak Bluffs takes place. The stroll is from 4 to 7 p.m. and is an opportunity to check out all of the galleries along Dukes County avenue as they roll out the welcome mat, not to mention snacks and drinks.

The Alison Shaw Gallery is hanging a show full of brand-new work as well as celebrating The Chappy Ferry Book by author Tom Dunlop with photographs by Alison Shaw.

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What if Goliath, Not David, Had Won?
Katie Ruppel

Dressed in a simple tunic, carrying only his slingshot and a sack of stones, a poor shepherd boy approached the nine-foot-tall giant.

With courage and a steady hand, David slung one small stone right smack at Goliath’s head, knocking out the Philistine’s war hero.

It’s a tale most are familiar with and at the forefront of the underdog mentality, said liberal theologian Harvey Cox.

“We like the underdog,” said Mr. Cox. “That’s why everyone in the Boston area despises the New York Yankees.”

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Samuel Close

This Sunday, August 12, artist Samuel Close will be putting the finishing touches on one of his works featuring the Edgartown Lighthouse at the Island Art Gallery located at 66 Main street in Vineyard Haven from 4 to 6 p.m. The piece is to be raffled-off, and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

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Urge to Create More Than Guilty Pleasure

Some people can do everything. Case in point, artist Elizabeth Langer not only creates magnificent artwork, she was also a successful lawyer working for the U.S. Depatment of Justice in Washington, DC and later in private practice.

But all that legal eagle stuff is behind her now, the creative lure so much more sharp and potent than the scales of law. Good for her. After all, the world is full of lawyers, some are even nice people, but an artist’s work is always a solo show.

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Maritime Art Show

Maritime Art Show

Sail Martha’s Vineyard’s Maritime Art Show is receiving an enthusiastic response from the community. The open house reception this past Sunday night welcomed more than 60 guests to the Sail MV building on Main street in Vineyard Haven, where gifts and work produced by 21 artists are on display.

More than 14 pieces have been sold, raising funds for Sail MV to continue its sailing and rowing programs on the Island. The show will run through Dec. 22.

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Artists Draw a Fine Line In Shaw Cramer Exhibit

The Shaw Cramer Gallery of contemporary fine crafts and paintings is presenting a Drawing Invitational: A Sense of Line through Dec. 31.

More than 20 Island artists plus off-Island artists will show their drawings, a genre that is close to their hearts but seldom exhibited.

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Gallery Exhibits Artwork By Washington Ledesma

Lively, strong pieces that reflect the flair of Oak Bluffs-based Washington Ledesma and his Uruguayan heritage are on display until Wednesday at Featherstone Center for the Arts.

Mr. Ledesma’s striking style is exhibited here in two mediums, ceramics and oils. He is teaching both styles at Featherstone this fall.

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Small Wonders Show

Small Wonders Show

Louisa Gould Gallery will opens its annual Small Wonders show the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, Nov. 23, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. This show features Marjorie Mason’s new oils, Robert Jewett’s ceramics and pottery and Louisa Gould and Thaw Malin’s new small paintings. This event is free with refreshments and entertainment.

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