What’s going on in the Vineyard art world


Welcome back

This Saturday, May 28, the doors will be open and the windows of the Oak Bluffs Arts District galleries will once again shine with light and art. It is the season opening of the collective and diverse galleries that include the new Shephard Fine ArtSpace gallery (8 Uncas Avenue), and the clustered galleries on Dukes County Avenue. Things will be especially festive at the 4 pm to 7 pm openings that include Alison Shaw Gallery’s striking photos, PIKNIK Fine Art and Apparel’s mix of art, accessories, and designer clothes, Dragonfly Gallery’s paintings and craftworks, the one-of-a-kind jewelry at Lucinda’s Enamels, and at Stephanie Wolf Jewelry, and the offerings at Amity Custom Ink, and Periwinkle Studio. Everyone’s invited to say welcome back.

Bling, bling, and more bling

Featherstone Center for the Arts, just off on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs, has everything to dazzle the eye. Fifteen metalsmiths and jewelers will be displaying their skills in “The Art of Jewelry,” a show curated by Anne Besse Shepherd. The exhibiting jewelers include: Anne Besse Shepherd, Sumner Silverman, Nina Moore, Lucinda Sheldon, Beth McElhiney, Rick Hamilton, Cecilia Minnehan, Courtney Minnehan, Andrea Hartman, David Kuchta, Diana Stewart, Kathy Tackabury, Kenneth Pillsworth, Jamie Rogers, and Mary Thomson. The show opens for its month-long run on Sunday, May 29, with an opening reception from 4 pm to 6 pm.

For the birds

Almost 80 years after the last heath hen was seen on Martha’s Vineyard, Todd McGrain, Professor of Art at Cornell University, has memorialized the hens with a sculpture being installed in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. The inauguration ceremony is Thursday, June 2, at 12 noon in the State Forest near gate 19 of the bike path on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road.

“These birds are not commonly known,” he says, “and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction. It’s such a thorough erasing.”

“Lost Birds,” a documentary film showing Mr. McGrain scouting locations of heath hen and four other extinct North American birds, speaking at town meetings, and negotiating for permission to install his scuptures in the places where the birds were last seen, will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Thursday, June 2, at 5:30 pm. Admission $12 for non-members.

Whaddaya think?

The Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Culture Collaborative is taking a census of the opinions of people directly involved in the arts to discover their goals, objectives, and, in general, what’s on their wish lists. To participate in the questionnaire go to info@artsmarthasvineyard.org. Respond by June 1.