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Valerie Sonnenthal

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Chilmark: Spectacular sunrises

A hazy sunrise at Lucy Vincent Beach brought Alison Shaw's photography students out besides surfers, regulars, dogs, and other walkers. There's been a spate...

Chilmark: Friendship Day

It was wonderful to pull into our library parking lot on Friday of the long weekend to a completely full lot, park with the...

The English are here

A little over a month prior to a planned arrival, the library and I heard from Mike Scott, “Deputy Editor/Treasurer of the Chilmark Village...

Chilmark: A friend long remembered

I can't recall who told me to contact Jimmy Morgan and interview him about his paintings, model wooden ships, and relief scenes, but I...

Chilmark: Friendship Day

It was extremely disturbing to find out after last week's column was published that Ed Jerome had passed away. Although my children went to...

Chilmark: Close to home

Morning dog walkers have happily returned to Lucy Vincent Beach, and all of us have appreciated and delighted in the new Squibby all summer...

Barney Zeitz’s open studio is an adventure in learning

All summer and throughout September, artist Barney Zeitz hosts a weekly open studio on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm. I make a point...

Gardens of Love: Duncan Caldwell

Updated Sept. 14Thirty years ago, Duncan Caldwell purchased an Aquinnah property and began designing a home and garden for himself and his wife Nancy....

Chilmark: Field of dreams

This week Chilmark and the world lost artist Irving Petlin, 83; someone whose pastel work and paintings have never stopped being relevant. In fact...

Chilmark: Changing times as new season arrives

The hardest part of this time of year is losing light and sundown creeping to an earlier and earlier time, evening walks cut short...

Chilmark: Election season

Not sure how I missed writer Nancy Aronie's “Waiting in the Steamship Line” at this year's Ag Fair, but one of her fantastic miniature...

Memory keeper

Upon entering Susan Shea’s Edgartown home, I am greeted by her dog Sophie, named for Sophie Bloch, a weaver and wool spinner who lived...

Chilmark: Rest in Peace Mark London

I am sad to share Mark London passed away on August 19 after receiving a stem cell transplant for NK cell leukemia, according to...

Laura Fahrner collects Ashley Medowski’s magical work

Every summer I relish visiting the studio and gallery of Island artist Ashley Medowski. This summer when I arrived, she had a few pieces...

Chilmark: August tomatoes

Life's a peach, at least in August. I admit to having peach envy after seeing my neighbor's tree laden with ripening peaches, the fullest...

Chilmark: Road race season

I’m sending love to the extended family of Rena (Regina) Fischer, who passed away at 103 years old on Sunday, August 5. Her family...

The collector

Ruth Epstein, who turned 93 in July, cheerily greets me at the door of the guest home her son-in-law Ivory Littlefield, a sculptor and...

Menemsha’s the perfect place for plein air

Last Friday morning I drove down to Menemsha to get gas. The sign at the bottom of the hill two-thirds still missing, nearly every...

Chilmark: Family reunion

Oh August, so soon. It's nice to see sold-out events all over town, bright lights reflecting off night skies from outdoor celebrations, animals grazing,...

Chilmark: So much art

Happy belated 70th birthday to artist Wendy Weldon, and congratulations to her partner James Langlois on his drawing exhibit, which just opened at A...