Three generations of Moore art on display at M.V. Museum

Three generations of Moore art on display at M.V. Museum

"Along the Way" by Andrew Moore. — Andrew Moore

The latest exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, which opens on August 29, featuring three generations of artists from one family. Although a little tongue in cheek, Moore and Moore and Moore, as the show is called, declares that the talent just keeps coming.

Moore and Moore and Moore reveals the connections and relationships of three artists: landscape painter Nelson Augustus Moore; his great-great grandson Andrew Gordon Moore, a realist painter who lives in Oak Bluffs; and Hannah Moore, Andrew’s daughter.

"Gay Head Cliffs" by Andrew Moore.
“Gay Head Cliffs” by Andrew Moore.

Nelson Augustus Moore (1824-1902) was born in Kensington, Conn., and studied art in New York City before opening a photography studio in Hartford with his brother Roswell in 1854. Unlike some artists, who abandoned painting for photography, Moore continued to paint idyllic landscapes of Connecticut, especially Hartford and his native Kensington, throughout his life, according to a press release. He also painted landscapes of Martha’s Vineyard on his vacations here.

Andrew Gordon Moore operates a studio and gallery in Harthaven. A realist, he works in watercolor, egg tempera, and oil. As a hunter, fisherman, sailor, and self-taught naturalist, the world outdoors is his source. Andrew’s work reveals this deep involvement in and appreciation of Island subjects studied through every season. Occasionally, he journeys to coastal Maine and other locations, adding these images to his predominantly Martha’s Vineyard-based work.

A self-portrait by Hannah Moore.
A self-portrait by Hannah Moore.

Hannah Moore is a sophomore at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. A 2013 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Hannah’s work includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media and covers still life, portraiture, and fantasy. Hannah exhibited a selection of her work in an exhibit at Featherstone Center for the Arts in 2013, and she was awarded a gold key portfolio award from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art competition that same year.

David Nathans, executive director of the museum, is guest curating the exhibit. “Each of these artists is at a different career stage,” he said. “Nelson Augustus is gone now, so his work is done. Andrew is a mature talent, but he’s still working and still experimenting. Hannah is just beginning. This is going to be fun.” Mr. Nathans will participate in a conversation with Andrew Moore and Bonnie Stacy, the museum’s chief curator, about the exhibition and the artists’ interactions and influences on Thursday, September 18, at 5:30 pm.

“Moore and Moore and Moore” Opening Reception, 5–7 pm, Friday, August 29, M.V. Museum, Edgartown. $7; free for members and children under 6. Show runs through Oct. 25. For more information, call 508-627-4441 or visit mvmuseum.org.