Short Subjects

Posted December 7, 2006

"Stanley Burnshaw," watercolor drawing by Susie Oken
Courtesy of the Granary Gallery

Celebrating the Islander

The Granary Gallery invites you to commemorate the beloved ferry Islander through the eyes of more than 40 artists asked to create their own interpretation of the ship. There will be paintings, photographs, pastels, and sculptures from both Granary and Field Gallery artists on display and available for purchase. Artists such as David Wallis, Ken Vincent, Alison Shaw, Doug Kent, Craig Dripps, and Scott Terry, among many others, will display their work. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Museum.

An artist's reception will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 6 pm. Work can also be viewed at

Weekly writing

The Oak Bluffs Public Library is starting a new writing group for new or established writers. The group will meet weekly at the Oak Bluffs Library on Thursday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon. Meetings will begin on Thursday, Jan. 18. If you are interested in attending, call 508-693-9433.

Holidays at the high school

The Performing Arts Department at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School invites you to their Winter Concert. On Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 pm, come listen to the high school's concert and jazz bands, as well as the orchestra, freshman, and mixed choruses. They will perform a selection of seasonal music. There is no admission charge.

Art from the sea benefits Sail MV. Photo by Alison Shaw

Maritime art

In spirit of the holidays, Sail MV will host a reception on Sunday, Dec. 10, for visitors to view their latest art exhibit. The maritime artwork on display and for sale includes pieces by Dana Gaines, Washington Ledesma, Louisa Gould, Ellen McCluskey, and Lanny McDowell.

A portion of all art purchases will benefit Sail MV's free sailing programs for Island children.

Sail MV holiday reception and artwork display, Sunday, Dec. 10, 5 to 7 pm. Sail MV office, 110 Main St., Vineyard Haven. Art show hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily. For more information, call Hope Callen at 508-696-7644.


Book receives award

"Island Wilderness, Imagining the Early Years on Martha's Vineyard" by Christopher Burns has been awarded honorable mention in the 10th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) honoring the year's best independently published titles. Mr. Burns's book was recognized in the regional fiction category.

"Island Wilderness" is published by the Seashell Press of Edgartown. The book is a fictional account of the early years of the Vineyard settlement, and the life of Thomas Mayhew. Mr. Burns based his book on original records and did extensive research.

The IPPYs attract entries from around the world. Linsey Lee's book "More Vineyard Voices" was also honored in the non-fiction category.

Alison Shaw Gallery
Inside the colorful Alison Shaw Gallery located on Dukes County Ave., Oak Bluffs. Photo by Ralph Stewart

Gallery reopens this month

The Alison Shaw Gallery will be open again for the next two weekends in December, after the completion of a small renovation. The gallery will be open on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9, 10, 16, and 17, from 1 to 5 pm.

Stop by for some refreshments and holiday cheer. For more information call, 508-693-4429.