Second Art Stroll takes over North Water Street

At North Water Gallery, the main topic is art. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Music, refreshments, socializing, and taking in the creative efforts of talented professionals; the second Art Stroll in Edgartown takes place tonight, Thursday, July 28. Four galleries on North Water Street — Christina, North Water, Eisenhauer, and Willoughby — will be turning the evening of viewing art into a festive as well as culturally rich occasion.

All the participating galleries are displaying new exhibitions. Art by new as well as familiar artists will be making their debuts, and the featured artists form an unusually interesting group, each with an impressive resume. A sampling of those whose work is being shown demonstrates that fact.

North Water Gallery will present Deborah Bays, a native of Nashville, Tenn., formally trained on the violin and viola, who spent close to 30 years as a professional theatrical costume designer. Her pastel still lifes, typically fruit and flowers, express feelings that takes the viewer beyond the representational images.

Artist Jack Goldsmith, who resides in Osterville, completed his studies at Rochester Institute of Technology School of Art and Design, and became creative director at an advertising agency. He went on to pursue illustration, graphic design, still photography, and taught at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. His acrylic paintings of town and beach scenes capture something essential about summer in Edgartown.

The oil paintings of M. Katherine Hurley are dramatic representational landscapes that interpret sky, water, and light with affecting clarity. Ms. Hurley, a horse trainer from Gates Mills, Ohio, grew up with a reverence for the landscapes she paints.

Water World, the exhibit at Eisenhauer Gallery, presents work by marine painter Michel Brosseau. A native of Nantes, France, his paintings draw on the Vineyard’s nautical heritage, depicting the sway and dart of rigging: Oyster boats, idle tug boats in the harbor and buoys stacked against a Menemsha fishing shack. A Vineyard resident, Mr. Brosseau earned a law degree, and worked as a journalist before becoming a realistic painter.

At Willoughby Gallery, internationally recognized oil painter Sean Farrell will be in attendance, ready to engage in dialogues and answer questions. He drew inspiration for his elegant, lushly-colored compositions as a student of the 17th century Italian and Dutch painters. Mr. Farrell’s “Sails on the Horizon” received the Copley Society of Art Patron’s Choice Award in Boston.

Polish native Jan Pawlowski is a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and the recipient of the Authorization and Certification from the ministry of Arts and Culture in Warsaw, the most prestigious achievement for Polish artists. His show at The Christina Gallery, which continues through August 10, presents impressionist scenes and landscapes of a tranquil Edgartown and romantic Vineyard.

In additional to its collection of traditional paintings, The Christina Gallery displays an extensive collection of antique nautical charts and maps, including maps of Martha’s Vineyard dating back to the 18th century.

For a memorable evening, experience all four galleries, each with its own flavor and personality.

Second Edgartown Art Stroll, Thursday, July 28, 5 to 8 pm on North Water Street. Music will be provided by Jeremy Berlin.