Art Shorts

Posted July 20, 2006

Gretchen Feldman's "Alert Level Red," watercolor. Courtesy of the Carol Craven gallery
Gretchen Feldman's "Alert Level Red," watercolor. Courtesy of the Carol Craven gallery

Wit, whimsy, and Island scenes

Beginning this weekend, the Carol Craven Gallery in Vineyard Haven features work by Gretchen Feldman, Mark Andrew Stimson, and Elena Mary Siff.

Ms. Feldman is a brilliant watercolorist living and working year-round on the Vineyard. Her abstractions are bold and colorful. Maine artist Mark Stimson, also a professional boat builder, offers compelling boat portraits and landscapes with the emphasis on plein air painting. Elena Mary Siff will show her whimsical collages, often described as surreal and visionary. Her scenes in "Bi-Coastal Scapes" suggest views in Los Angeles and on the Vineyard. Through July 31.

Reception Sunday, July 23, 5-7 pm, with live jazz by The CC3. For information, call 508-693-3535.

Shed some light

Light is the theme of several local exhibits this summer, including a show of works by Island photographer Ron Hall at hastings in the alley near Oak Bluffs Harbor. A portion of sales will benefit Featherstone Center for the Arts.

The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, July 22, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For information, call 508-693-7444.

Art smorgasbord

The work of four artists will be on display at this Saturday's opening at the Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown. New to the gallery this season is landscape oil painter Eric Abrecht. Gallery favorite Tjasa Owen will show her bold mixed media land and seascapes. Milton Kobayashi will be showing his Japanese wood block print-style oil paintings. Liz Gribon, a native of England, will display her acrylic on canvas "post abstract realism" paintings.

Reception Saturday, July 22, 7-9 pm, 38 N. Water St., Edgartown. For more information, call 508-627-7003.

Jewelry by Ronni Simon. Photo by Peter Simon
Jewelry by Ronni Simon. Photo by Peter Simon

Jewelry with a new look

Ronni Simon will display a new collection of her unique jewelry this Sunday, July 23, 4 to 6 pm, at the Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha. Ms. Simon has lived on the Island for over 30 years, and only recently began developing this new art form. She says that the Island is a magnet that attracts artists because it has an energy that is both stimulating and soothing and it is this contradiction that she strives to achieve. Her jewelry is funky, yet elegant; sophisticated, yet simple; original, yet timeless.

Her handcrafted designs are all one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. She uses semi-precious stones, choosing each one for its significance.

Ms. Simon also invites guests to visit her Chilmark studio by appointment, 508-645-9711.

On the prowl for cat art

The Treehouse Gallery in West Tisbury is looking for local artists to submit their work that involves felines. All media will be considered for the exhibit, which will feature Ursula Ferro's new children's book, "Wishing for Kittens." Anyone wishing to participate in the upcoming show, scheduled to open in early August, should contact the gallery at 508-693-6645.

Super centenarians

Jerry Friedman is a photographer and interviewer of the oldest people in the world, and is displaying 40 photographs of people 110 years of age and older this Sunday at the Featherstone Center for the Arts. Mr. Friedman has traveled around the world finding the eldest of the eldest, in countries including Spain, Portugal, and more. This Tuesday, July 25, Mr. Friedman will give a free lecture at the gallery on his photographs.

Jerry Friedman opening reception, Sunday, July 23, 4-6 pm, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Pebble Gallery. Show lasting through August 6. For more information, call 508-693-1850.

Welcome, Laurene

The Shaw Cramer Gallery is presenting the work of Laurene Krasny Brown for the first time, beginning July 19. Ms. Brown uses gouache and cut paper for her compositions, which employ light and shadow that change the colors when viewed from different angles.

Artist show, Laurene Krasny Brown, July 19-26. Shaw Cramer Gallery, 56 Main St., Vineyard Haven. Open daily 10 am-6 pm. For more information, call 508-696-7323.

Brunch and art

This Thursday, join the Four Generations Art Gallery for mimosas, muffins, and botanical art. Renowned artist Paul D. Ortlip's and the late Mary Krueger Ortlip's flowering artwork will be the focus during the brunch-time opening.

Art Opening, Four Generations Art Gallery, Sunday, July 23, 11 am-2 pm, 517 State Rd., Vineyard Haven, just past the Black Dog Bakery Café heading up-Island. For more information, call 508-693-5501.

Four artists opening

At West Tisbury's Granary Gallery this Sunday, Heather Neill, Anda Styler, Anne Huibregste, and Ernesto Montenegro will present their paintings and bronze work. Ms. Neill is a five-year veteran of the gallery and will be showing dramatic landscapes and still lifes. Ms. Huibregste will be displaying her bronze perspectives and bovines, while Mr. Montenegro explores with three-dimensional bronze. All works will be available for sale and viewing at 11 am this Sunday.

Art opening, Sunday, July 23, 5-7pm, The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn, 360 Old County Rd., West Tisbury. For more information, visit

Beaches and skies

Ann Christensen, known for her smooth, flat, bold colors, is joining Don McKillop, known for his textured painting, in a reception this Saturday at the Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs. Ms. Christensen, the winner of the prestigious Farber-Burn award, and Mr. McKillop, a well-known Boston artist, are both contemporary impressionist oil painters who focus on the vibrant colors of the beach and sky.

Artist reception, Saturday, July 22, 5-7 pm. Show continues through July 30. Hours: 12 noon-7 pm, Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment. For more information, call 508-693-8877 or visit

Beautiful glass

In his first opening on Martha's Vineyard, Jeffery P'an will have an artist reception for his own glass-blown work at the Louisa Gould Gallery. Living and working in Stonington, Conn., Mr. P'an has Samoan and Hawaiian roots. His show, "Fire & Sand," will also be available to view online, at

Reception for "Fire & Sand," Wednesday, July 26, 5 -7:30 pm. Open daily 10 am-5 pm and weekend nights through Aug. 8. Louisa Gould Gallery, 13 Beach St. Ext., on Vineyard Haven harbor. For more information, call 508-693-7373.

Photography reception

This Saturday, Periwinkle Studio presents the black-and-white photographs of Paul Hagar. The studio is located in Oak Bluffs.

Artist reception, Periwinkle Studios, 92 Dukes County Ave., Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-696-8304.