Gallery glances on Martha’s Vineyard

Ashley Medowski's portrait of Joshua Slocum's house. — Photo courtesy of Saltwater Gallery

All-Island Art Show

The Oak Bluffs Tabernacle will host the annual All-Island Art Show (AIAS) on Monday, Aug. 6, from 10 am to 4 pm. The longest-running and largest Island art exhibit, this event brings together artists with an Island mailing address who want to display and sell their work in nine categories, ranging from oil and acrylic painting to photography, sculpture, and watercolor.

Multiple awards are presented, topped by Best in Show, which was won last year by Katharine Thorstensen. The All-Island Children’s Art Show follows on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 10 am to 12 noon.

AIAS was started in 1958 by Vineyard Haven resident Sydna White, who held it in the garden of her Franklin Street home. When it outgrew Ms. White’s garden, the event was moved to the Tabernacle.

Many AIAS exhibitors have gone on to successful artistic careers, including Millie Briggs of Vineyard Haven and Nancy Blank of Oak Bluffs. Karen Larson Turner and Steve Mills both showed their work at age 16. Registration information is available at or 508-693-0525.

Kate Huntington teaches at Gould

Providence portrait painter Kate Huntington will teach a class in portrait painting on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 pm at Vineyard Haven’s Louisa Gould Gallery. She will work with a live model. A member of Boston’s Copley Society, Ms. Huntington trained at Rhode Island School of Design. Call 508-693-7373 or see

Saltwater summer show

“Up Island Farms” is the title for artist Ashley Medowski’s once-a-summer art event at Saltwater, her gallery on Lambert’s Cove Road in West Tisbury. The reception will take place from 4 to 8 pm on Sunday, August 5. Ms. Medowski’s finely detailed paintings turn the barns and houses she depicts into portraits of Island life. Some of her paintings are framed in purple heartwood. Call 508-696-8822.

Holmes, Goodnight at Cousen Rose

In conjunction with a book signing by Steven Pemberton, author of the autobiography, “A Chance in the World,” Cousen Rose Gallery will host one of its newest and one of its longest-running artists on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 9 pm. Boston-based Ekua Holmes creates brightly colored collages, and the widely collected Paul Goodnight, who has exhibited at Cousen Rose since 1981, will show works in pastel. Call 508-693-6656 or see

A tale of two women

When Vineyarder Annie Cummings hosted a visit from her friend and painting mentor Nancy Marshall in 2010, the two painted together. It was a new beginning for Ms. Cummings, whose work goes on display August 3 at the West Tisbury Library. The exhibit is called “Two Women – Two Views,” and joins Ms. Cummings’s work with that of her late artist friend, Ms. Marshall. A reception for the new show, which continues through August, is planned for Friday, Aug. 3, at 4 pm. Call 508-693-3366 or see

Lubell at Shindig Gallery

Edgartown painter Doris Lubell will display a group of eight paintings and works on paper at Shindig Gallery on Upper Main Street in Edgartown. Ms. Lubell has built a reputation for complex pen and ink drawings, including “Polaris,” exhibited at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Shindig proprietor Eric Bassett has signed prints of “Polaris” for sale at the gallery.

An opening reception is on for Saturday, Aug. 4, from 12 noon to 5 pm. The emphasis among the other gallery’s 25 artists is on abstraction, so Mr. Bassett calls 80-year-old Ms. Lubell’s work a real change. Call 508-627-1040 for more information.

Baker, Taft, Kirchmeier talk

Saturday, Aug. 7 at 6 pm marks the date for a talk by three prominent women of the Island art community. The three Shaw Cramer artists, Elizabeth Lockhart Taft, Leslie Baker, and Ruth Kirchmeier, will discuss the different ways each uses plein air techniques.

An exhibit of Ms. Taft’s landscapes just finished at the gallery on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Ms. Baker’s landscape show, Wave of Orange, goes up Thursday, Aug. 2, and is spotlighted until August 9. Ms. Kirchmeier, a printmaker, begins her creative process with detailed on-site drawings. The gallery will also host an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday, Aug.7. For information, call 508-696-7323 or visit

Night Heron’ midsummer fete

Artists Carolyn Warren, Ann Howes, Nicholas Thayer, Beldan Radcliffe, and Washington Ledesma have organized a Midsummer Celebration for their work at Night Heron Gallery. Festivities at the Main Street, Vineyard Haven, gallery take place on Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 8 pm. Call 508-696-9500 or visit

Marilyn Miller at OB Library

A series of 15 photographs by Marilyn Miller go on exhibit at the Oak Bluffs Library for the remainder of the summer. The Oak Bluffs resident has titled her show Sense of Place and her photos celebrate the Island from farm to sea, day to night. The library will host an opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 1 to 3 pm. For information call 508-693-9433.