Art Shorts

Posted August 10, 2006

Traditional Mexican art

Today marks the ninth annual Vineyard Huichol art show and sale, which features beaded animals, masks, yarn paintings, and a live demonstration with a Huichol bead artist. The Huichol, of the Central Western mountains, are descendents of the Aztecs and are one of the most traditional people of Mexico. Their handiwork provides a necessary income for their communities.

Proceeds from the show benefit the Huichol people; admission is free. The show is from 10 am to 6 pm at the Old Whaling Church on Main Street in Edgartown. The show moves to the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 14 and 15, from 10 am to 6 pm. 508-693-6696.

Around the world with Jules

Chilmark resident Jules S. Worthington is currently featuring oil paintings of Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Virgin Gorda, New Zealand, and Martha's Vineyard at Chilmark's Sovereign Bank on South Road. An opening reception will be held this Friday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 7 pm. His artwork, on view through Aug. 18, can also be seen at the Vineyard Artisans Labor Day Show and at the artist's studio, where prints and posters are available. 508-645-2278.

At Belushi Pisano

Tapestries and handcrafted furniture are showcased at the Belushi Pisano Gallery in Vineyard Haven until Aug. 24. Julia Mitchell, whose lush tapestries depict the effects of wind, water, light, and shadow over time, has been exhibiting her work since 1975. Furniture maker and Island artist John Thayer joins Ms. Mitchell for the first time with his Asian-style fine woodwork. An opening reception will be held this Friday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 8 pm. 508-696-8988.

Take a break at Saltwater...

And find original mixed media art of Ashley Medowski. Her assemblages and three-dimensional wall hangings, entitled "Constructed Landscapes: Farms, Barns, and Old Buildings" are displayed in the restored barn of her great grandfather, Captain Norman Benson, where the artist will host her yearly summer show this Saturday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 8 pm. The gallery is on 437 Lambert's Cove Road between Uncle Seth's Pond and the Lambert's Cove Inn. 508-645-2152 or 508-696-8822.


Beginning this Saturday, landscape and seascape painter Mikel Wintermantel is featured in a solo exhibit at Edgartown's Eisenhauer Gallery on North Water Street. Mr. Wintermantel uses thin layers of oxides, caseins, or alkyds to capture Vineyard scenes. His paintings of meadows, lighthouses, and ponds also come in various sizes. The opening reception is Saturday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 9 pm. 508-627-7003.

Faces and figures

The newest show at Featherstone Center for the Arts highlights faces and figures through August 30. The opening reception is this Sunday from 4 to 6 pm. Featherstone is off Barnes Road, just north of the four-way stop on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. 508-693-1850.

"Changing Weather," by Kib Bramhall, oil on linen, 24" x 36," 2006. Photo courtesy of the Carol Craven gallery
"Changing Weather," by Kib Bramhall, oil on linen, 24" x 36," 2006. Photo courtesy of the Carol Craven gallery

New from Kib

Long-time landscape painter and West Tisbury resident Kib Bramhall shows the results of his recent foray into abstract painting this Sunday at Carol Craven Gallery, where the artist's still lifes and other new realistic works are also on display. The artist's reception is 5 to 7 pm, on Breakdown Lane off Holmes Hole Road in Vineyard Haven. The collection will be featured through August 25. 508-693-3535.

Showing strength at M.M. Stone

This weekend, the fine art and antiques gallery, M.M. Stone at 527 State Road in West Tisbury will exhibit work with the theme: "Our Culture is our Resistance - Repression, Refuge, and Healing in Guatemala." Included is a 20-year retrospective of photographer Jonathan Moller, for whom a reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 7 pm. 508-693-0396.

Summer illustrated

Summer resident Sandy Turner will exhibit her oil and watercolor paintings in her "Summer Vineyard II" show this Sunday. Her images are painted on paper and embody rest and beauty - the spirit of a summer day on the Vineyard. The artist reception is Sunday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 pm at Forget Me Not Antiques, 496 State Road, West Tisbury. 508-693-1788.

Andrew Sovjani's "Nautilus Reflected." Photo courtesy of The Field Gallery
Andrew Sovjani's "Nautilus Reflected." Photo courtesy of The Field Gallery

Field explorations

This week at the Field Gallery artist Ron Gee shows what he's found at the beach in his newest paintings, which frequently depict the artist's versatility in style, mood, and technique. Mr. Gee will be sharing wall space with Andrew Sovjani, whose silver gelatin photographs seek to reflect the quiet beauty of natural and man-made worlds. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 pm. The gallery is at 1050 State Road in West Tisbury. 508-693-5595.

What's up on Dock

Artwork ranging from watercolors to stone carvings will be showcased this Sunday at Old Sculpin Gallery on Dock Street in Edgartown. Visit with participating artists Rosalie Ripaldi Shane, Ned Reade, Fred Messersmith, Harry Messersmith, Ann Howes, and Ben Cabot at the reception from 6 to 8 pm. The show will be featured through Aug. 18. 508-627-4881.

At the Granary

Works by Mary Sipp-Green, David Wallis, Scott Terry, and Karen Larson-Turner are featured at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury through August 19. Visit our web site,, to read about the show in a story that will appear in the Calendar section of next week's Times.