Francine Kelly is one of the recipients of the Martha's Vineyard Medal. — File photo by Fae Kontje-Gibbs

Proving her medal

Along with Marian Halperin and S. Bailey Norton Jr., Martha’s Vineyard Museum (MVM) will be awarding its Martha’s Vineyard Medal to Francine Kelly, former director of Featherstone Center for the Arts. The Medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard.

The museum notes: “Francine Kelly, an art collector and art dealer, is, most importantly, an arts supporter. Kelly served as a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and served on the boards of the Indianapolis Art Center, Young Audiences, and Very Special Arts. In 2000, she became the director of Community Initiatives at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, where she had been a long-time member, assuming a groundbreaking role in using the Museum’s influence to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Kelly fulfilled her dream of ‘retiring’ to the Vineyard — where she had spent summers since childhood — in March, 2003. By April 2003, she was named the executive director of Featherstone Center for the Arts, and under her creative leadership, Featherstone saw an increase in the number of gallery shows, class offerings, and events.”

Paper Rouff

Shaw Cramer Gallery features Island artist Marie-Louise Rouff’s works on paper in a Spotlight Show Monday, Aug. 15 to Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Known as an abstract expressionist painter, Ms. Rouff is exhibiting her works on paper for the first time on the Island. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind painting created with a press using oil-based paints and some with chine collé papers.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6 pm, at the Main Street, Vineyard Haven gallery’s Artist Talk, Ms. Rouff will discuss her process. 508-696-7323.

Something to bank on

The opening of a show of Linda Thompson’s Vineyard landscape oil paintings will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 6 pm at the Bank of Martha’s Vineyard in Chilmark.

Ms. Thompson is a year-round Chilmark resident who has studied art at Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and McGill University. The exhibition features a range of up-Island landscapes including Aquinnah, Menemsha, and the Allen Sheep Farm. The show runs through Thursday, Aug. 18. 508-645-9095.