Gallery Josephine opens in the former Dragonfly Gallery space

Spectators admire the work of Shanon Rynd-Ray at Gallery Josephine. Photo by So Focused Photography

The new Gallery Josephine, located on Dukes County Avenue in the space that formerly housed the Dragonfly Gallery, got off to a good start with its soft opening last Saturday, August 15. Over 100 people showed up for a first peek at the gallery and an exhibit of work by Island-born photographer Shannon Rynd-Ray.

This Friday, August 21, the gallery will host a grand opening featuring the work of Jules Arthur, a St. Louis–born artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, and mixed-media. According to the artist’s website, “his work reveals personal moments of pride and introspection, of struggle and triumph.”

As subjects, Mr. Arthur often focuses on historical figures, African-American groundbreakers and representatives of black culture.

This opening show, called “Ascension,” should give visitors an idea of what to expect from the latest addition to the Oak Bluffs Arts District neighborhood. Named after artist and activist Josephine Baker, the new gallery, according to co-owner Nyama Wingood, is dedicated to serving as more than a showcase for art: also as a community center and forum for lectures, roundtable events, and musical performances, dedicated to “artists engaged in the struggle for righteousness” and “local and international voices of change.”

Jules Arthur, “Ascension” Opening Night, Gallery Josephine, Friday, August 21, from 5 to 9 pm. 91 Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs. For additional information, call 508-687-0187 or email