Joan Kennedy, a long-time summer resident, has created a number of brilliantly lit and colored oils on canvas that celebrate her love of the Vineyard. The paintings will be part of Vineyard Reflections, a show opening tonight, July 21, at Louisa Gould Gallery on Main Street in Vineyard Haven.
The show includes an impressive roster of artists: Anthony Benton Gude, whose painting, “Chilmark Overlook” recalls the Island images of his late grandfather, artist Thomas Hart Benton; Kate Huntington, whose canvasses depicts beach scenes and summer pastimes; and Kathryn Wronski, from the West Coast, who creates images of whimsical dogs, cows, and other animals against brightly colored backgrounds.
The show features works that reflect each artist’s interpretation of the Island in his or her own media — oils on canvas, board, or masonite, and watercolors on paper. These four artists call upon their experiences here and have uniquely captured the essence of the Vineyard.
In expressing her feeling about the Vineyard, Ms. Kennedy notes: “Here on the Island, even deep shadows have lighted particles of moisture reflecting out and around, which help create the space, so that the scene becomes pieces of lighted air with sea over land, lighted further by a grime-free sky.”
Vineyard Reflection, the paintings of Joan Kennedy, Kate Huntington, Anthony Benton Gude, and Kathryn Wronski at Louisa Gould Gallery opens Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 7 pm, and runs through August 2. Live music will be performed at the opening by Michael Haydn. Louisa Gould Gallery, 54 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. 508-693-7373.