Photo courtesy of Traeger diPiet

The art of advocating for animals

Gay Head Gallery celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with an art event, “Conservation Crossroads: Extinction or Recovery,” on Saturday, August 24, from 5 to 7, with work by gallery artists and a talk by Donald Barry, executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife, the featured nonprofit.

Portraits and panoramas of endangered wolves, elk, sea turtles, and shorebirds by Joel Sartore, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, will be premiered. The copperplate etchings and woodblock prints exquisitely rendered and hand-colored by artist Matthew Smith depict sky-bound and undersea wildlife. As a former deep-sea fisherman, Mr. Smith now uses his knowledge of the ocean to capture the spirit and beauty of the wildlife he once hunted. Both artists are deeply committed to the mission shared by Gay Head Gallery and Defenders of Wildlife — to protect and advocate for threatened wildlife and their natural habitat, according to a press release.

A group show of gallery artists includes photographs of deep wetland swamps and manscapes with beasts by renowned curator and artist Barbara Norfleet. Several new works of threatened species by Eleanor Hubbard — recording the singular and miraculous character of each one — will also be shown, as will landscapes and marine scenes by Zaria Forman, Doug Kent, Julia Purinton, Laura Roosevelt, Elizabeth Lockhart Taft, Steven Kleinrock, Colin Ruel, Ellen Liman, John Nickerson Athearn, among others. For more information, call 508-645-2776. The gallery is open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Poster sales benefit cancer research

Artist Traeger di Pietro has created the image for the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival poster. His stylized and textured figures create a great anchor for the sky filled with colorful kites.

The poster was designed by Pam and Chip Coblyn and the sale will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Research. Posters can be purchased at The Field Gallery in West Tisbury, Craftworks in Oak Bluffs, and the Island Art Gallery in Vineyard Haven, or by contacting Holly Alaimo at 508-693-5444. They are $20 and can be shipped for a fee of $10. The Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival is a free community art event that will take place Saturday, October 12 at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. For more information, visit