Field Gallery
Visitors to the Field Gallery were welcomed by Barbara Wylan's atmospheric landscape paintings. Photos by Susan Safford

Visions of nature

By Brooks Robards - August 30, 2007

The Field Gallery in West Tisbury has an outdoorsy atmosphere this week as more than 20 artists show their work to lend a hand to Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. The exhibit, which opened with a festive and well-attended reception last Sunday evening, features a wide variety of artwork, all inspired by nature and much of it depicting scenes at the Edgartown sanctuary itself. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit Felix Neck.

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson showed several small and precise oil portraits of birds.

Among the views of nature filling the walls are a glowing botanical collage by Peggy Turner Zablotny, sweeping landscapes and pond scenes by Barbara Wylan, up-Island vistas by Kenneth Vincent, and several thoughtful studies of trees and fields by Jeanne Staples. Dramatically stating the natural theme is Mary Gauthier's "Wholly Immersion," a vast, swirling vortex of countless hammerhead sharks silhouetted against a sea of turquoise and blue, rising towards the light. Janet Woodcock adds her signature sepia-toned photographs of personality-plus animals and serene landscapes. Outside on the lawn are Ben Cabot's stately stone sculptures, several birds and a life-sized seal which often entices small children to climb aboard. More playful pieces include bold dragonflies by Eleanor Hubbard in pastel on sandpaper and her glittery black and white puffin, and the delicate pencil, watercolor, and gouache "Vineyard Harvest Fairy," by Patience Brewster, all fluttery leaves and petals.

The show continues until September 9.

The Field Gallery, State Road, West Tisbury. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. For information, call 508-693-5595.