Short Subjects

Posted November 1, 2007

Washington in Oak Bluffs

Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs is promoting the work of artist/teacher Washington Ledesma. His unique style is exhibited in two mediums, ceramics and oils, and he is teaching both these styles at Featherstone this fall.

Mr. Ledesma grew up in Uruguay, studying architecture, murals, and clay objects based on primitive human figurines found in neolithic cave paintings. He expanded his artistic focus to include early cultures, from Mesopotamia through the Incas. His clay pieces are decorated with unique drawings, which bring the sculptures alive. Visitors to the Featherstone Gallery will notice the vibrancy of color, the unusual visual forms, the focus on Noah's ark and the creatures of the world. Look at the eyes of the fish as they swim by.

The originality of Mr. Ledesma's art is evident as soon as one enters the Gallery. The depth of meaning arises when one has studied his work in more detail. The soft forms of his clay creatures breathe an existential life on those around him.

Mr. Ledesma's show hangs at the Featherstone Gallery through Wednesday, Nov. 7. Gallery hours are 12 noon to 4 pm daily. 508 693-1850.

Folk fun

The Woods Hole Folk Music Society continues their concert series with performers Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, husband and wife duo from Tennessee. The pair performs songs and stories from America's past, such as old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, Civil War songs, and much more. They also perform several of their own original pieces.

Both Sparky and Rhonda have been involved with music since before they were teenagers, Sparky at age 11 on the guitar, and Rhonda at age 4 on the piano. Sparky graduated from the University of Tennessee and then taught in Chattanooga. Rhonda was originally a medical doctor, and then became a full-time musician after joining her husband on-stage 20 years ago. She performs on the harmonica, piano, banjo, and bones, as well as vocally.

Sparky performs on guitar, banjo, and spoons, and has appeared alongside Pete Seeger and Utah Phillips.

The show starts at 7:30 pm at the Community Hall on 68 Water Street in Woods Hole. Admission is $12; $10 for members. There are discounts for seniors and children. For more information, call 508-540-0320 or visit

Casting calls

The Island Theatre Workshop is holding auditions this Saturday, Nov. 3, for two upcoming productions. "Miracles for Christmas" will be directed by Liz Villard, and will run in December. "Amahl and the Night Visitor," a long, one-act musical, will be directed by Lee Fierro and Peter Boak, and presented for two weekends in January. All roles are yet to be cast for "Miracles." Four soloists, the page, and a full chorus of all ages and voice parts are needed for "Amahl." The auditions begin at 2 pm at the Federated Church Parish Hall in Edgartown. For information about "Amahl" call 508-693-5290; for "Miracles" call 508-627-2529.

Feeding art

Betty Boyd is once again asking Island artists to display their work for the annual Art for Food show. This will be the fourth show of its kind at the Assembly of God Church in Vineyard Haven.

If you would like your work in the show (a small donation is requested from each piece sold) call Ms. Boyd at 617-416-2192. The deadline for submitting work is Nov. 12, and the show will be held on Nov. 16.