Debut at West Tisbury Library

One example of Arnold Rabin's pastel paintings opening in a show on Friday at the West Tisbury Library. — Photo by CK Wolfson

Judging from his impressive vitae, it should not surprise anyone who knows television writer, producer, playwright, and author Arnold Rabin that he has found and demonstrated his accomplishment in yet another creative pursuit.

This Friday, September 3, at 4 pm, the West Tisbury Library will host the opening of Pictures at an Exhibition — Mr. Rabin’s pastel paintings. It will be the debut of his work as an artist. Visitors are invited to meet West Tisbury residents Mr. Rabin and his wife Sylvia, who will be available to answer questions.

His softly colored images convey a sensitivity to the environment and demonstrate the skillful application of color. Mr. Rabin paints with authority, and his results convey mood and atmosphere. His pastel landscapes of Island scenes make the best use of the medium, infusing his subjects with a rather romantic feeling.

Mr. Rabin, an Emmy nominee, began his career in network television (nine of his programs were acquired by the Paley Center for Media), and went on to become chief of English Language Television Services for the United Nations. He then assumed the position of administrator of special projects and executive producer for PBS. His novel, “The Rat and the Rose” received a finalist book award from the Small Press Association. He is also author of short stories and a children’s book.

In recognition of his work as a playwright (“The Man-Child,” “The Outing,” “The Queen of Thebes”), Mr. Rabin was selected as a fellow by the Edward Albee Foundation, and among other distinctions, received the Distinguished Play Award from The America Council for Theatre and Education.

Within the last few years he has been a student of Ellen McCluskey, taking her pastel workshops. His pastel drawings will be up for the month of September.