Happenings at Vineyard galleries

Saltwater Gallery — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Good and plenty

The Shaw Cramer Gallery has pulled out all the stops with its hosting of Art Works, the benefit art show on Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, for West Tisbury Free Public Library’s expansion, as well as a week of special events: a Spotlight Show, a trunk show, and an Artist Talk.

Known for its elegant, almost museum-like presentations and its unique offerings of contemporary art in paintings, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, and jewelry, the gallery is one of the longest operating on Main Street in Vineyard Haven.

Tonight, July 21 through Thursday, July 28, it presents The Spotlight Show featuring Island artist Laurene Krasny Brown. Her collection, It’s all Greek to me, of gouache on paper constructions and images, was inspired by her artist-in-residence on Paros, Cyclades Island in Greece last fall. In the upper gallery her hand-built sculptures and collage amphorae images will be displayed.

There’s more: Shaw Cramer presents its first trunk show of the work of two nationally recognized artists. Featuring Amy Nguyen’s creative and functional art to wear, hand-dyed shibori silk jackets, shawls and scarves, and Terri Logan’s river stone and sterling silver jewelry will take place Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 8 pm.

Next week, on Thursday, July 28 at 6 pm, nationally recognized artist and educator Curtis Hoard will discuss techniques in clay.

Barn raising

Ashley Medowski of Saltwater Gallery on Lambert’s Cove Road in West Tisbury is celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary with her new show, Up-Island, which opens Sunday, August 7, from 4 to 8 pm. A big part of the experience for visitors is her unique gallery, her grandfather’s rustic barn — her family goes back 13 generations on the Island —that has been updated with touches like the banister leading two flights up made of driftwood. Ms. Medowski works with glass, salvaged materials, and mixed media.

Bottoms up

Jeffrey Serusa, master of the overturned skeg (a photo he took of the first boat built by Gannon and Benjamin), and other marine subjects, has become host of a weekly Friday night party at his Seaworthy Gallery on Beach Road. The personable Mr. Serusa will be on hand from 5 to 7 pm to offer an eyefull and a glassful.