Art Shorts

Posted August 17, 2006


Jewelry at The Fair

Jewelry maker Beth McElhiney, who shows her work at Pyewacket's in Vineyard Haven, will be at the Ag Fair this week to launch her newest collection, "Modern Edwardian." The bracelets and necklaces combine sterling silver, 18K and 22K gold with pearls and semi-precious stones. Engravings feature centuries-old patterns and runic symbols. Ms. McElhiney will be at The Fair, Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. Look for her round Indian tent among the booths. For more information, call 1-774-563-0395.

Celebrating 89

Artist Albert Alcalay's exhibition this weekend marks his 89th birthday. Visit Saturday and Sunday to see the show and enjoy refreshments from 3 to 6:30 pm at the Plaut Residence, 32 Bridge Lane in West Tisbury. For directions or more information, call 508-696-0487.

Photo courtesy of MV Glassworks
Photo courtesy of MV Glassworks

Sidney Hutter at Glassworks

The Martha's Vineyard Glassworks will hold an opening reception for respected glass artist Sidney Hutter this Sunday, Aug. 20.

Mr. Hutter's work covers a wide range of sculptural glass techniques and images. The artist works mainly with commercially available plate glass, which he alters through traditional techniques of cutting, grinding, polishing, drilling, laminating and sandblasting. The reception will be held Sunday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 7 pm at the Glassworks, 683 State Road, West Tisbury. For more information, call (508) 693-6026

Up at Ott

On Saturday, Aug. 19, painter Lanny MacDowell exhibits his newest work, including his collection of wave paintings inspired by walks to the beach with his dog, Stella. The reception will be held from 4 to 7 pm at Ott Gallery, 1000 State Road in West Tisbury. 508-696-8826.

Myth and memory

Seeking to capture fantasy and the power of dreams is artist Thomas Frontini, whose works will be displayed at hastings in the alley this Saturday from 4 to 8 pm. The gallery is behind Tsunami on Oak Bluffs harbor. For more information, call 508-693-7444.

A little bit of everything at Old Sculpin

Mixed media works, acrylics, watercolors, oils, and pastels will grace the walls at Old Sculpin Gallery this Sunday from 6 to 8 pm when the works of Daniel Smith, Sheila Hoerle, Virginia Besse, Anne Grandin, and Gail Rodney are featured. The show will be up through Aug. 25 at the gallery on Dock Street in Edgartown. 508-627-4881.

"Island Colors"

Louisa Gould Gallery is hosting a group show beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23. Its theme is "Island Colors" and features the work of 12 artists, many of them Island residents. See oil paintings, works on paper, photography, jewelry and more. The reception is 5 to 7:30 pm at 15 Beach Road Extension in Vineyard Haven (across from the Black Dog Tavern). The show will be on view through Sept. 7.

Thinking of Elvis

Island artist Enos Ray, who is known for his paintings of blues and gospel singers, is currently working on a life-size painting of Elvis Presley outside the Stanley Murphy Gallery where he shows his work. Mr. Ray is actually re-doing the piece that he completed some time ago for Middle Road resident Caitlyn Jones. His project just happens to coincide with the day of Elvis’s death on August 16. Drive by the gallery on South Road in Chilmark to see Enos and Elvis all this week.

Granary Gallery finale

The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn hosts their final show of the season with an exhibit of the paintings of some of the Island’s favorite artists.

Photo realist Steve Mills, whose paintings of familiar objects are known for complex arrangements rendered in meticulous detail, exhibits his new work. Richard Casey will present his masterful nature studies in oil. Plein-air artist Ellen McClusky’s evocative Vineyard landscapes are translated with pastels into color, texture and mood. Complimenting the painters is jeweler Ross Coppelman, a Cape Cod metalsmith.

The show opens with a reception Sunday, August 20, from 5-7 pm, and runs through September 2. The Granary Gallery, 636 Old County Road, West Tisbury, 1-800-472-6279,

Edgartown gallery stroll

For the second gallery stroll of the summer season, nine fine-art galleries in Edgartown, all located within a two-block walk of one another, will host artist receptions and openings in their galleries, making for a gala evening of fine art — everything from sculpture, glass and jewelry, to traditional and contemporary paintings.

Among the artists at the Eisenhauer Gallery, 38 North Water Street, is French artist Michel Brosseau, who is flying in from Belgium for his American debut. Mr. Brosseau’s work consists of realist nautical themes viewed at a contemporary angle.

Willoughby Art Gallery, at 12 North Water Street, presents artist Luding Meng, whose sculptures combine aesthetics with depth of meaning. Mr. Meng created the sculpture, "The Goddess of Democracy,” which was destroyed by the government troops in the Tiananmen Square uprising.

Other participating galleries are: Gardner Colby Gallery and Christina Gallery, on North Water Street; Carlin Gallery, on South Water Street; Hammond Harkins Gallery, Penumbra Photographs, and The Golden Door, on North Summer Street; and Edgartown Art Gallery on South Summer Street.

Gallery stroll, Thursday, Aug. 17, 6 to 8 pm. For information or directions, please contact Gardner Colby Gallery, 508-627-6002.

Island favorite at Cousen Rose

Displaying her latest investigations in art, Myrna Morris will be filling the Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs, with nearly 40 of her newest pieces. A painter whose stylized depictions of figures and still lifes are executed in all media, she has added a new direction. Almost 20 of the pieces making their debut will be those in her multimedia series incorporating three-dimensional objects with the painted image. A gallery exhibitor for the past 17 years, Ms. Morris has developed a following among Islanders and visitors alike.

Opening and artist’s reception, Sunday, August 19, 7 to 9 pm, 71 Upper Circuit Ave. The show will run through the beginning of September. 508 693-6656.

Dragonfly opening

At the Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs, artists Lora Shelley and Traeger diPietro, along with gallery owner Holly Alaimo, will be answering questions as they welcoming guests to a show of new work.

Lora Shelly, working in mixed media, uses distortion and almost sculptural surface embellishments to figurative images.

Mr. diPietro, inspired by Vineyard scenes of everyday life, achieves brilliant color with oil and acrylics. His new work features landscapes and clam diggers.

Artists’ reception Saturday, August 19, from 4 to 7 pm, 91 Dukes County Ave., Oak Bluffs. 508 693-8877.