Short Subjects

Sam Low Painting
Sam Low's work is featured at the Dragonfly Gallery

Posted June 22, 2006

Weekend gallery openings

On Saturday, June 24, collage artist Peggy Turner Zablotny and photographer Sam Low will have their openings at the Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs. Ms. Zablotny uses botanical materials from her Vineyard garden to create fascinating colors and patterns, and then uses the giclée method to create prints. Mr. Low, a former documentary filmmaker, uses a narrative style in his photographs, which hint a bit of the history of the subjects.

On Sunday, Island artist Allen Whiting has his annual opening at the Davis House Gallery in West Tisbury. New works will be on display.

Opening reception, Peggy Turner Zablotny and Sam Low, Saturday, June 24, 4 pm to 7pm, Dragonfly Gallery, 91 Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Show runs from June 21 to July 2. For more information call Holly Alaimo at 508-693-8877 or visit

Opening Reception, Allen Whiting, Sunday, June 25, 4 pm to 8 pm, Davis House Gallery, 985 State Road, West Tisbury. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 1 pm to 6 pm, July and August, and by appointment. For more information call 508-693-4691 or visit

Jazz it up

The Unitarian-Universalist Society brings to the Island Lavert Stuart, a jazz artist and organist/choir director at the Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Stuart will play an "Evening of Jazz" on Saturday, June 24, and will also play during the regular church service on Sunday morning. He will be performing works by artists such as Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Mr. Stuart is a graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is a member of the American Guild Organists.

"Evening of Jazz," Saturday, June 24, 7:30 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Church service performance, Sunday, June 25, 11 am, free. Unitarian-Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard, 238 Main Street, Vineyard Haven.

Nancy Cabot: Photo by Ralph Stewart
Nancy Cabot with her "Frogs" watercolor at last years show. Photo by Ralph Stewart

Friday watercolor group exhibits

The members of the Howes House Friday afternoon painting group are inviting the public to their exhibit that includes still life and landscape artwork. Artists include Nancy Cabot, who is the facilitator of the group, Virginia Blakesley, Katherine Hoffman, and others.

Art Exhibit, June 23, 1 pm to 4 pm, June 24, 10 am - 2 pm. Up-Island Council on Aging, Howes House, State Road, West Tisbury. For more information call 508-693-2896.

Discover this gem

The third in the film series of Undiscovered Gems, "Four Eyed Monsters," will be shown on Wednesday, June 28, 7 pm at the Island Theater in Oak Bluffs.

The modern-day romance between Arin and Susan takes place mostly in a virtual world where they communicate electronically. The challenge is, can they move into a real live relationship?

See this award-winning film at the Island Theater. Tickets are $6.

Dinner and a show

The Yard is holding its annual Founder's Picnic this evening, Thursday, June 22, which will be followed by the season's opening night show. Lobster Tales Catering will cater the three-course, elegant picnic. Following the dinner the Patricia N. Nanon Residency will premiere at The Yard.

Dance performances of new work by guest choreographers Adam Hougland and David Ingram continue through Sunday.

Founder's Picnic, Thursday, June 22, 6 pm, The Yard, Middle Road, Chilmark. Reservations needed. Performances June 23, 24, 25, 8:30 pm. Tickets: $50 premium seating; $25 general seating; $15 for age 30 and under. For more information call 508-645-9662.

Discovery Channel airs local documentary

A local documentary film, "A Certain Kind of Beauty," was shown last week at Silverdocs, the AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival. The film is about Island resident Dan Aronie's six-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The film was in the making for six years, and was filmed almost entirely on the Island. Wally Lamb, best-selling author of "She's Come Undone," said "'A Certain Kind of Beauty' broke my heart and renewed my spirit. A film like this makes the world better."

The filmmakers, Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth, made this film to raise awareness about MS and other degenerative diseases, and the project has received support from actors such as Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen

For more information visit

The cantankerous Ms. Hellman

The Monday Night Special series at the Vineyard Playhouse will begin again for the summer this coming Monday, June 26, at 7 pm. "The Hellman Hour," featuring readings of Lillian Hellman's works, is directed by Joann Green Breuer.

It is "a celebration of the courageous, cantankerous and literate Lillian Hellman through her spoken and written words," said Artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo. Ms. Hellman's play "The Children's Hour" is currently running at the playhouse.

Monday Night Special "The Hellman Hour," Monday, June 26, 7 pm, Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets $20. 508-696-6300 or visit