Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - November 22, 2006

You will not be surprised to hear that I am not a fisherman. And the idea of a fish stuffed for display just never appealed to me. I also never appreciated the artistic talent required to re-create one of nature's wonders. The sculpture created by Janet Messineo of a "Striper at Dawn" is better than nature. It is better because you can study the colors and the shape of the fish without it darting out of sight. It is a remarkable piece of work. Don't miss it.

It might help if I told you it is one of several displays by 12 Island artists at the Louisa Gould Gallery on Beach Street Ext. This is part of Louisa's second annual Holiday Show featuring Small Wonders and Wildlife Art. There is an artists' reception on Friday from 5 to 7 pm.

The show includes Steve London's Japanese fish prints, Janet Messineo's wildlife sculptures and pins, and paintings by Gray Parks, William Blakeslee, Tamar Russell, Marston Clough, Howard Park, Nathan Shepard and Traeger di Pietro, as well as ceramics by Bill Jewitt. They can all be viewed online at

While I am on the subject of sculptors, can anyone give me information on a sculptor named Sanford Evans who was working on the Island back in the early 1970s?

This is the season to consider helping others. Hear one woman's story of how she is making a difference in our global community and purchase some of the beautiful crafts she has brought from Africa. Marsha Winsryg will tell the story of her personal journey from the Vineyard to Zambia that resulted in a non-profit project that now benefits African artists and HIV/AIDS victims. Learn more at the Vineyard Haven Library next Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

Don't forget the Tisbury School Book Fair next week. You can get a good buy on all kinds of children's books: picture books, sports and activity books, chapter books, science books, and such things as science fair kits, etc. Shop from 2:45 pm Monday through Thursday and benefit your Tisbury School.

It would really be a happy turkey day if only we could figure out how to get every person to eat an Island turkey this holiday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to my favorite roofer, Chris Chandler. He celebrates on Sunday.

Heard on Main Street: "Count your blessings."