Gay Head Gallery: Back for a cause

Rez Williams' painting, "Moshup Trail West View." — Photo courtesy of Gay Head Gallery

The Gay Head Gallery in Aquinnah closed its door 10 years ago, and all remained quiet. Until now.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the Gay Head Gallery will celebrate its grand reopening with a fund-raising exhibit for the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) and the Moshup Trail Project.

The art show will include paintings, photographs, and other works all inspired by Aquinnah’s Moshup Trail, an ecologically fragile coastal area that hosts endangered species such as the Arethusa orchid and the Northern Harrier Hawk. Participating artists are presenting their different interpretations of the landscape, its coastal dunes and moors.

Among the artists showing their work are Doug Kent, Steven Kleinrock, Ellen Liman, Steve Lohman, Jake Meegan, Lucy Mitchell, Peggy Roth Major, Mary Elizabeth Pratt, Julia Purintan, Elizabeth Taft, Linda Thompson, Dan VanLandingham, Wendy Weldon, Rez Williams, and others.

Gay Head Gallery’s grand reopening includes a brief and informal presentation about the conservation effort by leaders of the Moshup Trail Project. They will share the history and evolution of the project. In addition, gallery owner Megan Ottens-Sargent will inaugurate the opening of The RareandEndangered, the conservation center that is now part of her gallery.

She notes: “The Gay Head Gallery invites you to enjoy the beauty of this rare and endangered place through the art and efforts it has inspired, and to support VCS and the Town, as the Moshup Trail Project moves closer to completion.”

Gay Head Gallery opening reception, Sunday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 8 pm. The works will be on view and available for purchase from Friday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 26. A portion of the proceeds goes to VCS. Gay Head Gallery, 32 State Road (on the left shortly past the turn to Lobsterville), Aquinnah. 508-645-2776.

Park with all tires off the road, inside the white line, or park at the Aquinnah Town Hall.The Gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday 12 noon to 6 pm and by appointment.