Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted August 16, 2007

The current art show at the library is all about the Chilmark Pond and the Bassett camp where artists and architects have long sought inspiration. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by seven of the artists reveal their own interpretations of the natural beauties of the place. "The show is an homage to the Bassett place and a thank you to Marguerite and Eric Cottle, who have preserved the cabin's magical simplicity for so many years," says Lynda McIntyre, a Vermont artist and art teacher who organized the show. "It is the perfect place to rejuvenate and create, and we have all felt privileged to be able to work here."

The camp was built in 1933 by the carpentry class at the Vineyard Haven High School with found lumber that had washed ashore on South Beach. It has remained virtually the same since, except for the addition of electricity in the 1980s. It still has outdoor plumbing.

Lynda McIntyre spent childhood summers in Chilmark when her father, the Rev. Charles Batten, was a minister in Chilmark in the 1940s and '50s, and has spent summers painting at the Bassett place for the last 30 years.

She and the other artists have captured the essence of the pond and the life around it in styles ranging from the abstract to the very realistic. There are drawings from inside the house, photos of the house and across the pond, paintings of the swirling waters during hurricane Bob, and pastel drawings of wind moving across the meadow. The show will be up through the end of the month.

The United Methodist Society of Martha's Vineyard awarded scholarships of $750 each to four young people with close ties to their churches at its recent annual meeting. Former pastor the Rev. Arlene Bodge reviewed the history of the society in a talk, and the Rev. Armen Hanjian was the genial chef turning out hot dogs and hamburgers, while Beth Mayhew organized games for the children, and Ann Deitrich ran things backstage. Sofia Anthony is secretary of the society and chair of the scholarship committee. She points out in the society's newsletter that anyone can join for $10 a year, ($12 for families). Call Carol at 508-645-3100 for details.

The beautiful plantings and gardens on the church grounds are the work of Dianne Congdon, an accomplished landscape artist.

Author Lauren Sandler will take her audience inside the Evangelical youth movement with a talk at the library next Wednesday, August 22, at 5:30 pm. She traveled across the country in a grassroots investigation of the alternative Christian explosion. The lecture is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free. Everyone is welcome.

The Sol y Canto band will perform exuberant Afro-Latino songs and rhythms next Tuesday, August 21, at 4 pm at the Aquinnah town hall. The event is sponsored by the Chilmark and Aquinnah libraries.

The walking women will explore Cedar Tree Neck next Thursday, August 23, starting at 9:30 am. For directions, please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Maynes at 645-3460. Newcomers are welcome.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library will present a tribute to Art Buchwald and William Styron on Sunday, August 26, at 3 pm at the library. Mike Wallace, Alexandra Buchwald, Leslie Stark, and Tom Styron will do the readings, after which refreshments will be served.