Photo by Susan Safford
Starting September 20, Sandy Bernat of Seastone Papers in West Tisbury, is offering a Sunset Papermaking Series on Mondays through October, from 4 to 6 pm. Classes include forming papers, decorative papers, collage with pulp fiber, and large pulp painting. All levels of experience are invited to take single experiences ($45) or the entire four-part series ($160). 508-693-5786.
Going, going, but not gone
Before the tourists, the gift shops, the quaint towns and harbors crowded with cruising yachts, Martha's Vineyard was rich with its unique fishing and agrarian history. Most unique and meaningful was the presence of the Wampanoags of Gay Head (now Aquinnah), who predated all others.
On September 30, at the Americana Sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City, a piece of Island history will be auctioned. The item featured is a 1685 land transfer deed between a Wampanoag family and English settlers on Martha's Vineyard.
The deed, whose estimated value is between $6,000 and $9,000, represents a gift from a Wampanoag man to his English nieces.The Wampanoag's sister was married to an English settler, Joseph Daggett. It was the only recognized marriage between the settlers and the Wampanoags in Martha's Vineyard during the colonial period.
Anyone interested in learning more about this piece of Wampanoag and Martha's Vineyard history, can contact Swann American expert Rick Stattler, 212-254-4710.
Over the past few weeks, many of Traeger's pieces at Dragonfly Gallery and PIKNIK Art & Apparel Gallery have been the subject of features on the Plum TV Morning Show. Both galleries in the Oak Bluffs Arts District, represent the work of painter Traeger diPietro, and are also featured on Plum.