‘Pucker Up’ whistles a happy tune

Whistling is an art whose time has come, suggests Kate Davis and David Heilbroner in their film, “Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling.” These filmmakers, who summer in West Tisbury, have two new films playing at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. In addition to “Pucker Up,” their most recent documentary, “Newburgh Sting,” about an […]

Versatile Kara Taylor explores grief through boats in ‘Hull in Memoriam’

Now in her second summer at the former studio of the late Stanley Murphy, the prolific and protean painter Kara Taylor investigates the boat as a visual metaphor in her latest exhibit, “Hull: In Memoriam.” Ms. Taylor lost both her father, Bob Taylor, and her grandmother, Geraldine Cronig, over the past year, and the deaths […]

Island Images opens Ed Keating photography show

Photographer Ed Keating, who divides his time between New York City and Chilmark, brings his Vineyard photographs to Island Images Gallery in Oak Bluffs this weekend. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer worked for The New York Times for 12 years and has since become a freelance artist, publishing his work in magazines such as Time, Rolling […]

Documentaries and farce top the list of new films this week

Two of the Island’s independent film venues are screening documentaries this weekend, and the Hebrew Center’s Summer Institute Film Series presents the French farce, “What’s In A Name.” “The Case Against 8,” a narrative of the fight to rescind California’s anti-gay marriage proposition, plays on Thursday, July 17, at the Harbor View Hotel as part […]

Field Gallery spotlights Geiger, Pisano, and Witbeck

West Tisbury’s Field Gallery has brought together three very different but equally compelling artists in their latest exhibit. Providence painter David Witbeck, who is showing at the gallery for the first time, creates oil paintings of fish, fishermen, and boats that are boldly simplified in primary colors. Jessica Pisano, who grew up on Martha’s Vineyard […]

Big names, important issues on screens with Vineyard film groups

The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center has launched its Summer Institute Film Series. Playing Sunday, July 13, is “E-Team,” a documentary about Human Rights Watch’s investigative wing that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last winter. “E-Team” describes the work of four members of the Human Rights Watch’s Emergencies Team, which works to uncover evidence of […]

Social issues reign at M.V. Film Festival

Chilmark’s Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, which has expanded its screenings to five of the Island’s towns, will screen two social action documentaries next week. Director Rory Kennedy’s “Last Days in Vietnam” plays Wednesday, July 9, at the Chilmark Community Center, with dinner offered before the film, and the director will answer questions after the film. […]

Four artists join the ranks of environmentally conscious Gay Head Gallery

In its opening exhibit for the 2014 season, Aquinnah’s Gay Head Gallery, which has built a reputation for promoting environmental awareness and sustainability through art, features the work of four artists new to the gallery this year. The gallery, which is tucked into an Aquinnah hillside, packs some 25 artists into its small, three-room exhibit […]