Art Shorts

Posted August 31, 2006

Vineyard Artisans Labor Day Bash

This weekend marks the 12th annual Vineyard Artisans Labor Day Festival at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. The festival showcases the work of scores of artists and craftspeople and will be held from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but there is a $2 parking fee.

"Bended Knee," by Marcia Smilack. Photo courtesy of Marcia Smilack

Marcia Smilack at Featherstone

Island photographer Marcia Smilack will exhibit work from Italy and Amsterdam beginning Sept. 1 at Featherstone Center for the Arts in the Pebble Building.

Ms. Smilack has spent the last few years traveling and lecturing on how she uses synesthesia to produce her images, which depict reflections in water. In addition to speaking at Berkeley, University of Texas, Rockefeller Institute, and the College Art Association, she has been invited to give presentations at the School for Visual Arts in New York City and the University of Hanover in Germany in December. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 pm and the show will be on view through Sept. 9. Featherstone is off Barnes Road one-quarter mile north of the four-way stop, and is open daily from noon to 4 pm. Call 508-693-1850 for more information.

Student show at Abode

Six students from Rhode Island School of Design-Elyse Hradecky, Courtney Fallon, Jesse Tane, Brian Hildebrand, Matt Durso, and Kent Estabrook - will be showing work from their "Junior Year Abroad" this Saturday at Abode in Oak Bluffs. Among the pieces on display are illustrations, ceramic figure studies, furniture, pen on paper, and graphically-designed reproductions. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 pm, and musicians Lexie Roth and her father Arlen Roth will entertain. Abode is at 42 Circuit Avenue. 508-696-7600.

On view at Old Sculpin

If you haven't been to Old Sculpin Gallery this season, now is your chance to see numerous pieces by artists Doug Peckham, Rosenfeld, Linda Mott-Smith, and Terry Beach. Their paintings, photography, and mixed media work will be featured from Sept. 2 to 8. The gallery will host a reception on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 pm. 508-627-4881.

"Buckets," by Seymour. Photo courtesy of Harry N. Seymour

Seymour and Sibley at Dragonfly

On Saturday, Sept. 2, Dragonfly Gallery will host a reception from 4 to 7 pm for Harry N. Seymour and Don Sibley, two painters who were professors at the University of Massachusetts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, respectively. Mr. Seymour's slice of life images are influenced by the artist's African American experience. Mr. Sibley's mixed media contemporary artwork combines technique and images drawn from the artist's gardening experience. Their work will be on view through Sept. 10.

Dragonfly Gallery, open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 7 pm, is just up from the harbor on Dukes County Avenue in Oak Bluffs. 508-693-8877.