From beach debris to Washed Ashore collages

Artist Wendy Shalen will speak at the Old Sculpin on her series, Washed Ashore. — Photo courtesy of Wendy Shalen

Summer visitor Wendy Shalen, who has exhibited at a number of the Island’s galleries over the years, will give a talk at Old Sculpin Gallery on August 8 about her latest series of work, “Washed Ashore,” inspired by a walk on Lucy Vincent Beach. The New York Art Students League and Silvermine Guild teacher was surprised at the amount of debris she found on her walk.

She decided to use her art to bring attention to the way we are harming our coastal and ocean environments. Collecting debris, she attached it to a group of her handmade paper seascapes, creating abstract found-object collages. Her talk will walk the audience through the way she put together the series, both conceptually and technically, with illustrations from the work. In addition to Martha’s Vineyard, Ms. Shalen has included work drawn from walks in Florida and on Long Island.

Gallery director Kat Cope will join Ms. Shalen with discussion of “(Trap)estry,” her own two-dimensional art inspired by floating debris and derelict fishing gear. Ms. Cope weaves together fragments of rope, netting and other debris from the Vineyard, southwest Massachusetts and other parts of coastal New England. The lecture runs from 5 to 6 pm.

A new Martha’s Vineyard Art Association members show also opens this week at the Old Sculpin. Included in the show are Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, Teresa Yuan, Sharon McCann Daly, Benjamin Cabot, and Ann Howes. An artists’ reception will take place on Sunday, August 5, from 5 to 7 pm. The show stays up until August 10. Call 508-627-4881 or see

Washed Ashore talk with Wendy Shalen and Kat Cope, Wednesday, August 8, 5–6 pm, Old Sculpin Gallery, Edgartown. $15, $10 for MVAA members.

MVAA Group Show opening, Sunday, August 5, 5–7 pm. For more information, call 508-627-4881, or visit