Lani Carney offers Molly Pogue inspiration — File photo by Courtesy Featherstone Center for the Arts

Scene Up-Island

Painter Edie Yoder may live in Vineyard Haven, but her artist’s heart beats to an up-Island tempo. Approximately 13 of her newest oils, landscapes of scenes of Aquinnah and Chilmark, as well as some paintings of animals, will be displayed at the Chilmark Free Public Library. The show opens this Saturday, June 12, from 12:30–5:30pm.

“It’s a show of my love of painting the up-Island scenes, and my passion about the Island, ” she says.

An Island resident since 1969, Ms. Yoder, who conducted the Vineyard Sinfonietta from 1995 through 2000, says, “I’ve been painting and drawing my entire life.” She explains that although she has shown in various Island galleries over the years, this will be her first solo show in 20 years.

Messing a round

The Pied Piper of Art, Lani Carney, the creator of Featherstone Center for the Arts program for children under 10 years old, is an expert at engaging children in artistic endeavors. For more than 20 years, she taught child development and psychology in colleges in California, in Connecticut, then moved to the Vineyard, a place she had visited during her childhood.

This Saturday, June 12, she’ll be teaching Art Adventure: Painting in the Round for children from three to eight years old at Featherstone. Classes, which cost $45, will be held from 9 am to 12 noon. Preregister by calling 508-693-1850 or online at:

Off and on

Photographer Peter Simon, with his wife, jeweler Ronni Simon, and his ever-ready Canon 50D, took to the road earlier this year, from January through February, for a creative adventure that had them driving back and forth across country. The result is a new collection of photographs, “Off The Rock & On The Road,” a look at America through details, captured moments, and revealing scenes.

The Simon Gallery is readying them for an exhibit in time for their July 5th celebration.