Galleries : Field Gallery opening
The natural beauty of Martha's Vineyard makes an affecting impression, so it is no surprise that local artists are inspired to portray the Island's scenes and vistas. The Field Gallery's first show of the season, opening on Sunday, June 21, will feature three local artists whose work captures the essence of the Vineyard.
Jhenn Watts, the managing director of the gallery, earned a BFA degree in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has been photographing Martha's Vineyard for 17 years. For the upcoming show, she presents images of landscapes and the textural surroundings on Lucy Vincent Beach and other up-Island locations.
"I love the sense of light on this Island," Ms. Watts says. "Lucy Vincent Beach is my favorite beach because of the way the orange and yellow of the rocks contrasts to the deep blue sky and the rolling waves. I've never seen anything like it." Her latest pieces were all taken with a Polaroid Camera, using a technique called a Polaroid emulsion lift.
"I love using a Polaroid camera because it is a one-shot deal and no image can ever be reproduced," Ms. Watts says. "When I started working with a Polaroid I was so excited by the process. I feel like the world is three-dimensional and full of texture, and a Polaroid produces such full images. This work has taught me to think outside of the box and that people do respond to unconventional photography."
With the closing of the company in February, 2008, Polaroid products, including film, are becoming obsolete. Ms. Watts says, "Sometimes life forces you to change, and this will be a new challenge for me as an artist."
Painter Jeff Hoerle grew up spending summers on Martha's Vineyard and it was here that he did his first landscape paintings. He will be showing a collection of landscape paintings that focus more on the light and energy of the Island rather than the subject matter itself.