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Posted September 6, 2007

Chilmark community sing

The last summer concert and community hymn sing at the Chilmark Community Church is this Friday, Sept. 7. Lia Kahler, her students, and fellow Methodist musicians will perform a concert, followed by refreshments in the community room. Proceeds from the free-will offering will help Hurricane Katrina victims replace their musical instruments, and help replenish the Island Food Pantry for this winter. For more information, call Ms. Kahler at 508-645-3325.

Dimitri Schidlovsky
A painting by Dimitri Schidlovsky. Photo courtesy of Louisa Gould Gallery

Derby art show

The Louisa Gould Gallery in Vineyard Haven is offering a five-week fund-raiser show for the Martha's Vineyard Derby Scholarship Fund. Showcasing the work of Ray Ellis, Dimitry Schidlovsky, and many other artists, the show opens tomorrow night with a reception from 5 until 8 pm. Visit or call the gallery at 508-693-7373 for more information.

Library art

Edgartown artist Valerie Sonnenthal currently has her work on display at the West Tisbury Library. "The BLUR Series," photograph triptychs, consists of 11 works made from pictures of objects on her bedside table, her room, and her house. This is her first on-Island library exhibit, and she is also looking for Edgartown storeowners who would like to have an installation in their store window during the off-season. For more information, call 774-563-8282.

Poetry contest

Westmeadow Press of Martha's Vineyard is sponsoring a poetry contest for full- or part-time Island residents for a book, "Poems for Vineyard Kids," to be published next summer.

Poets may submit up to five poems, funny or serious, rhyming or free verse, with Vineyard life as the subject. The audience for the book is children age 4 to 12 years.

Send the poems to Westmeadow Press, P.O. Box 4338, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Include your name, address, phone, and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Please include a SASE.

For more information, visit www.westmeadowpress. net or e-mail

Learn to love 20th century music

Do you love classical music but can't seem to understand the more modern pieces? Musicologist Charles Blank is ready to help you with a six-week course beginning on Monday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 pm, at the Tisbury Senior Center.

The course will track each decade with music from various countries. This is a free course because Mr. Blank does not wish to deny the beauty of music to anyone. Pre-registration is required so that he can prepare for each session. The classes continue weekly through Oct. 29.

For more information and to reserve a space in the class, call 508-696-4205.

Katy Smith, Emma Urban, and Brigida Larsen
(From left) Katy Smith, Emma Urban, and Brigida Larsen in a Creative Drama class. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Vecchia

Creative Drama classes

Phyllis Vecchia will begin her popular Creative Drama classes for the fall term. The workshops include theatre warm-ups, followed by character warm-ups, a story, dress-up in costumes, a performance, theatre games, and puppet plays. Each week, a new folk tale or fairy tale is presented and the children reenact them.

Ms. Vecchia encourages all children to participate and says, "No former experience is necessary, just a desire to have fun and work in a team."

The classes are for ages four and one half to 11 years and are taught at the Oak Bluffs School. The eight-week sessions begin on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Thursday, Oct. 4. For more information, call 508-696-8738.

Lend your voice

On Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 pm, the Island Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for its December concert. All singers are welcome. Dues are $20, payable at the first rehearsal. The chorus is under the direction of Peter Boak and they meet weekly in the music room of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.

Art and the written word

Island artist Cindy Kane will show her new series of paintings at the Carol Craven Gallery in Vineyard Haven beginning this Sunday.

In these pieces, Ms. Kane depicts imaginary maps painted over the original notes and manuscripts of local writers. The paintings that result are not illustrations of their works, but rather a response to the iconography of handwriting, and the intimacy of the written word.

The show opens with a reception Sunday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 7 pm, and will run through Sept. 19.

For more information, call 508-693-3535.

Senior art

The Tisbury Senior Center's senior art show will be on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Art of all kinds (painting, photography, folk art, knitting, quilting, ceramics, wood) will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 14. There is no entry fee for the show, which will be held at the center from 10 am to 3 pm. To register, call Sandy at 508-696-4205.