Arts & Galleries
Nature's Elements at Louisa Gould Gallery
Louisa Gould Gallery presents Nature's Elements with works by representational painter Christopher Pendergast, landscape and floral painter Maya Farber, photographer Jeanne Campbell, and hot glass artist Ron Sievertson, who Ms. Gould met while traveling in Bali this past winter. The show opened Tuesday, June 28 and runs through July 19, and presents each artist's interpretations of the land or sea through his and her medium. Read more.
Kara Taylor: Paintings with spirit
Talk with Kara Taylor and you will discover she is intense, complicated, spiritual and she'll willingly admit, unpredictable. "I'm not an artist who does one specific thing," she says.
Her paintings — all containing autobiographical elements — bear that out: Vineyard landscapes, abstracts, mystical dreamscapes, cityscapes, and interpretative figure studies in oils, mixed media, and collage. Each is saturated with the artist's intention, symbolism, layered meanings, and influences, all rendered in strong compelling compositions. Read more.
Shephard Fine Art's globally conscious show
The culturally diverse show now running at Shephard Fine ArtSpace is the result of owner Melissa Breese's inspiration, her own experiences, and her network of globally conscious friends. The collection of art on display through July 1 is created by natives of Zambia, Cape Verde, and a women's collective in the Port-Au–Prince area of Haiti. Read more.
Traeger di Pietro talks about his art
At 34, Traeger di Pietro is an emerging and accomplished painter who exhibits at Dragonfly and PIKNIK Art & Apparel galleries in the Oak Bluffs Arts District, along with four other galleries in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, New Orleans, and Connecticut. Read more.
Painter Donna Straw finds Island inspiration
After having lived and worked in cities and suburbs for most of her life, painter Donna Straw found the artistic opportunities she was looking for three years ago when she and her husband, Bill Straw, moved from Valley Cottage, New York, to settle full-time in their Vineyard Haven home. Read more.
Artist Ray Ellis at 90
Now that he's turned 90, Ray Ellis might be considered the resident patriarch of Martha's Vineyard landscapes and seascapes. "Ninety was a big milestone," Mr. Ellis says, and happily notes that his April 24 birthday celebration this year "went on for days and days." Read more.
Lucy Mitchell show at West Tisbury Library
Artist Lucy Mitchell, known for her installations and for the diversity of her work, will open a show of her collages on Friday at the West Tisbury Public Library in the town center. Read more.
Shephard Fine ArtSpace: A family affair
The reincarnation of the former Nye Gallery on Uncas Avenue in the Oak Bluffs Arts District promises to be a positive addition to the Island art scene. The Shephard Fine ArtSpace is owned and operated by identical twin sisters Melissa Breese and Melanie Kotalac, both of whom bring years of experience in running a gallery to their new endeavor. Read more.
John Holladay's cartoons at Louisa Gould Gallery
John Holladay made his national mark with offbeat posters of America's best-loved sports stadia from Fenway Park to Notre Dame Stadium that have tickled America's sports fanciers and have produced five million poster sales since the 1980s. But the Island's got him now. Read more.
Allen Whiting: Marking the occasions
Landscape painter Allen Whiting has much to celebrate this summer: his 65th birthday, his 40th year as a professional artist, and his 30th year as proprietor of Davis House Gallery on State Road in West Tisbury.
And so it seems ironic that this, of all years, is the one that marks the end of his gala annual late June art opening, a party that has attracted over 400 enthusiastic patrons each summer. "I'm trying to simplify," he says by way of explanation. "I'm turning 65 and I've earned the right to do what I want. I want to spend more time painting." Read more.
Ruth Adams makes Treehouse Gallery unique
Treehouse Gallery with its wildly eclectic inventory of old and new, artifacts and artwork, antique and ethnic pieces, expresses the creativity and personality of owner Ruth Adams — an utterly calm and unself-conscious woman who meets most questions with a smile and shrug. Read more.