Gallery glances on Martha's Vineyard
Gude, Langley, Convery, Schulman at Old Sculpin
A mix of landscape and figurative painting goes up at Edgartown's Old Sculpin Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 1, with a reception for the artists on September 2, from 5 to 7 pm. The M.V. Art Association (MVAA) artists whose work will be displayed include Anthony Benton Gude, Janis Langley, Alison Convery, and Ed Schulman.
The grandson of Thomas Hart Benton, Mr. Gude uses what is known as the Venetian technique. With this method, he underpaints his landscapes and figure paintings in monochromes. Then he applies multiple layers of paint to achieve the desired form, composition, and color effects.
Ms. Langley, who works in pastel, oil, and mixed media, will display landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. An Austin, Texas, resident who summers on the Vineyard, she is a founding member of the American Portrait Society and a board member of the MVAA.
Author of "A Child's Guide to Martha's Vineyard," Ms. Convery, a seasonal resident of Edgartown, paints Island landscapes and scenes in addition to illustrating books. Mr. Schulman, who lives in Vineyard Haven, will exhibit a mix of local landscapes, New York City scenes, and figure paintings. For more information, call 508-627-4881 or go to oldsculpingallery.org.
New Mexico sculptor comes to Dragonfly
Working in bronze, sculptor Jill Shwaiko draws inspiration from the ancient Anasazi petroglyphs in New Mexico, where she lives. Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs highlights her work this week from Thursday, Aug. 30, through Wednesday, Sept. 5. Anasazi rock drawings of big horn sheep particularly inspire her.
"I tip their heads upward for pride and lower them for perseverance," she writes in her artist's statement. "The horns that go backward represent swiftness, while the legs represent gracefulness. They have personalities much like we do, representing our grandeur and frailty and humor." For information, call 508-693-8877 or go to mvdragonflygallery.com.
Eisenhauer Gallery displays top hits
Calling it her best season ever, gallery owner Elizabeth Eisenhauer has put up a potpourri of her best-selling artists. The work includes Michel Brosseau's marine paintings, Carol Bennett's swimmers, Suzanne Crocker's barns and abstracts, Cheri Christiansen's farm animals, Robert Cardinal's land and seascapes, and Rebecca Kinkead's children.
After Labor Day, Eisenhauer Gallery will remain open weekends until Thanksgiving. For information, call 508-627-7003, or go to eisenhauergallery.com.
W. Tisbury Library opens Martin show
Longtime summer resident Anne Martin will have landscapes on exhibit at the West Tisbury Library, starting Saturday, Sept. 1. For inspiration she drew on the fields and wind-shaped trees of Blue Barque Road near her home in Chilmark. For information, call 508-693-3366, or go to westtisburylibrary.org.
Gretchen Feldman exhibit draws crowds
The late Gretchen Feldman, who lived and painted in Chilmark, has attracted thousands of viewers for her exhibit, "Love Letters to Earth," at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum, her husband Sam Feldman told The Times. "It seems to resonate both artistically and emotionally," he wrote in a recent email. A video about the exhibit is available online at youtube.com/watch?v=3gT39RXod2M.