File photo by Nis Kildegaard
Ray Ellis lights up the room
On April 24, well-known landscape artist Ray Ellis turned 90, and celebrated in style. In Savannah, Georgia, where his company Compass Prints is based, he was given a surprise party in the gallery, and about 300 people showed up for champagne, cake, and celebration. Then Mr. Ellis and his wife Teddie came home to a party at the Daniel Fisher House.
"I was overwhelmed with all the fuss," he says, sounding as if he loved every minute, "but I'm counting on still painting when I'm 100, so we'll see what happens then — maybe a beautiful girl will jump out of a cake. It will be big enough with all the candles."
He laughs then adds, "Ever since World War II, I've been living on borrowed time. I'm a very lucky man."
Happy Birthday, Ray.
The more the merrier
There are 28 new and returning artists showing this season at Dragonfly Gallery in the Oak Bluffs Arts District. The gallery officially opens on Monday, May 23, with a show featuring the work of Angus Wilson, a Scotsman who now resides in California and paints large-scale still-lifes in bold colors. The show runs through Wednesday June 1. Gallery hours are 11 am to 6 pm daily. 508-693-8877.
The art of keeping busy
On Saturday May 21, from 9 am to 12 noon, Lani Carney leads HeART to HeART, the final two children's Saturday Art Adventures at Featherstone Center for the Arts. The creative program is for children from three to eight years old and costs $45 for each session.
And just when you think you've seen it all, Featherstone offers, The Art of Vision: A day in the life of a makeup artist. Patrice, a highly creative and original New York makeup designer, will be leaving everyone gaga with her show of "living art," wild headdresses and makeup applied as if the face was her canvas. The show opens with live models on Thursday, May 26, from 4 to 6 pm, and continues through Sunday, May 29.
On Tuesday, May 24, Featherstone Center for the Arts will be the beneficiary of Sharky's Cantina Dine to Donate program. Featherstone will receive 15 percent of the day's proceeds. It includes lunch and dinner, dining in or ordering to go. Sharky's is on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs and on Upper Main Street in Edgartown.