Photo courtesy of Melissa Breese
West Tisbury photographer Alan Brigish's book "Breathing in the Buddha: A Photographic Exploration of Buddhist Life in Indochina" was recently awarded first place in the photography category of the ninth annual Do It Yourself (DIY) Book Festival in Los Angeles. The contest recognizes independent and self-published works. Proceeds from the book are donated to educational projects in Burm, Nepal, and Cambodia through Oak Bluffs resident Todd Alexander's Family-to-Family Project. For more information, visit brigish.com.
Early 20th century art
Mixed media works by Island painter Vaclav Vytlacil (1892-1984) will be on display at the Chilmark Bank for the month of March. All works originate from the artist's studio he kept for more than 50 years, overlooking Squibnocket in Chilmark.
The board of trustees of The Yard, Inc., the arts and dance residency program in Chilmark, announces the election of four additional trustees: Colleen McMahon, Laura Roosevelt, Jennifer Goodale, and Deborah Sale.
Ms. McMahon, a seasonal Island resident, has served as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of N.Y. since 1988. She has worked with The Yard's new consulting artistic director, David White, at New York's Pentacle (Dance Works) arts management firm.
Ms. Roosevelt is a full-time Island resident, poet, writer, former board member of the Vineyard Playhouse, and principal founder of Arts Forward Fund (a fund designed to encourage nonprofit arts organizations in N.Y.C. to develop new strategies for generating income while facing budget cuts), while working for J.P. Morgan in the early 1990s.
Ms. Goodale, a resident of N.Y.C. with family ties to the Island, is the executive director of both the Asian Cultural Council and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, two foundations that support cultural exchange between the U.S. and Asia, and the U.S. and Russia and Eastern, and Central Europe.
Ms. Sale, a regular visitor to the Island, is currently the executive vice president for external affairs at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery, and formerly executive director of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities in the Carter White House.
Teddy's night out
The Oak Bluffs Library is up to something new and fun: your children's stuffed animals are invited to a sleepover this Friday night, March 4. Bring them by at 4 pm, and pick them up in the morning after joining them for a light breakfast. The staff will make sure they're safe, and will document the night with photos to be posted on their Facebook page soon after. For more information, call 508-693-9433.
At Featherstone, the month of March is dedicated to Martha's Vineyard Regional High School student exhibitions. The first is photographer Tova Katzman, senior student of Chris Baer, who has an opening reception this Sunday, March 6, from 4 to 6 pm. Her show is hung through March 11, when two more students, Benjamin Ciciora and Collette Jordan, open their show on March 13.
Enjoy breakfast for dinner this coming Tuesday, March 8, as two Island churches celebrate Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) with pancakes. Dine with the United Methodist Church of M.V. at 5:30 pm at the Trinity Parish House in the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs (508-693-0589 or 693-4424). Or, get your fill at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven, also at 5:30 pm (508-693-0332).