Sculpture by Mary Stevens being shown at Featherstone's Founders and Patrons Show. — Photo courtesy of Emme Brown

Winners circle

The Martha’s Vineyard Art Association is hosting an artists’ reception at Old Sculpin Gallery, Sunday, June 19, for the winners of this year’s Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School art scholarships. The reception will be held from 5 to 7 pm at the Old Sculpin Gallery, 58 Dock Street, Edgartown, to celebrate the talents of scholarship winners Isaac Hurwitz and Kira Shipway, and alternate Tova Katzman.

Isaac Hurwitz, from Chilmark, will be attending San Francisco Art Institute. His meticulous work reflects hours of hand-drawn graphic design.

Kira Shipway will be attending New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development in the fall. She is pursuing a BFA in Studio Art, and also looking to minor in either English Literature or a foreign language.

Tova Katzman, who has had many of her photographs published in newspapers and magazines, will be attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the fall.

Their art will be displayed in solo exhibitions opening this Saturday, June 18. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 508-627-4881.

Pucker up

It began this past February on Valentine’s Day when artist Traeger di Pietro launched his “Kiss to Be” fund-raising campaign for breast cancer. He is creating a 365-piece painting made up of paintings based on photographs of kisses submitted to the Kiss To Be website.

If enough photos are submitted, and if financial backing is in place, all 365 paintings will be exhibited together in a gallery show, along with a gala dinner, and charity auction. A majority of the proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research.

Participants are asked to take a fun, creative and appropriate picture of themselves kissing someone they love — pets included. (Identities will be protected). Register at

Officially hot

Celebrate Summer Solstice in Oak Bluffs at Cousen Rose Gallery, 17 Upper Circuit Avenue, with a wine tasting and an art show Saturday, June 18 from 5 to 7 pm. Cousen Rose will be presenting an early preview of its 2011 season. Among the local artists exhibiting their work are painter Donna Straw, acrylic on canvas; black-and-white photographer John Breckenridge, painter Mark Zeender; mixed media abstract painter Deborah T. Colter; and painter Myrna Morris. Music will be provided by pianist Peter MacLean.

Ready, aim, fire

Featherstone Center for the Arts will be firing its outdoor brick-kiln the weekend of June 18, and inviting the community to participate. It is a three-day process that begins with the loading of the kiln and concludes when it is opened. On June 25, from 4 to 6 pm, the ceramics will be put on display. All ceramic artists, both amateur and professional, are invited to bring their work to be fired, and participate in the unveiling and the show. To be kiln-fired, high-fire clay should be used, pieces should be made thicker than normal, finished by June 10 and glazed June 15. Forty percent of those pieces put on sale will benefit Featherstone Center for the Arts. Contact Featherstone at 508-693-1850.

Hail to the chiefs

The Founders and Patrons of Featherstone Show opens with a reception on Sunday June 19 from 4 to 6 pm. The art is from private collections, the artists, the artist’s families, and Featherstone’s permanent collection. Artists include Mary Stevens, Virginia Weston Besse, Nancy Kingsley, Pam Besse, Helen Bowring, Leslie Smith, Jeanne V. Campbell. The show will run daily 12 noon to 4 pm, through June 29.