Thanksgiving show at Seaworthy benefits Sail MV


It seems a perfect pairing: Seaworthy Gallery, with owner/photographer Jeffrey Serusa’s atmospheric images of marine subjects, and Sail Martha’s Vineyard, with its programs and events in sailing and seamanship.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, the two will connect in a fundraising effort. Seaworthy Gallery will donate 15 percent of its sales to Sail MV, the proceeds going to support the organization’s educational programs and summer sailing program for Island children.

Sail MV focuses on education and preserving the Vineyard’s nautical heritage. Since it was established in 1992, more than 3,000 children have participated in programs at the Sailing Camp Park in Oak Bluffs.

Among a broad range of programs, it offers a maritime studies class at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School that includes a high school sailing team, activities in maritime education, and rowing and sailing. Its Vineyard Cup Regatta has grown into an important event in the Northeast’s summer racing schedule.

On Thanksgiving weekend, Mr. Serusa will host a festive opening — wine, oysters, and hors d’oeuvres — for the weekend show. His gallery, established in 2008, includes antique nautical charts, marine artifacts, and his dramatic black and white photographs of boats, ferries, seascapes, and harbor scenes.

In part, the unique quality of Mr. Serusa’s images is a result of his custom-built wooden large format camera. He prints his photographs with large wide-format printers on imported paper or on archival quality canvas.

Opening Reception Benefit for Sail MV, Friday, Nov. 26, 4–7 pm, Seaworthy Gallery, Vineyard Haven. Portion of weekend sales benefits Sail MV.