Glances: Happenings at Vineyard galleries

"The Gardener," by Heather Blume — Photo courtesy of Shaw Cramer Gallery

Tying one on

Talk about designer clothing. Landscape artist Ray Ellis of Edgartown signed his favorite tie and offered it for action at the gala auction and dinner to benefit The Preservation Trust. Seems as if Scott Earle, staying on his boat in Oak Bluffs, shared Mr. Ellis’s appreciation of the neckpiece, because he bid $90,000 (count the zeros) and won the tie for himself — and more importantly for Preservation Trust. Mr. Earle, who divides his time between in Newport, Rhode Island and Albany, New York, also bought three framed watercolor studies by Mr. Ellis for $130,000.

In the spotlight

Something special at the Shaw Cramer Gallery this season is its spotlight shows of new work every week through September 6. The first shows of the season open June 24, featuring the work of four rather remarkable artists: Island artist Marie-Louise Rouff’s colorful abstract expressionist paintings, Heather Blume’s mixed media sculpture, Island artist Rose Abrahamson’s collage and acrylic abstract paintings, and Phil Lichtenhan’s metal nests with handmade clay eggs.

The gallery continues its Artist Talks series beginning with Rose Abrahamson talking about her work and answering questions on Saturday, July 1 at 6 pm.

In a change of venue, this season there will be two major artists’ receptions to honor all the artists represented by the gallery. Many of the Island artists and some of the nationally acclaimed artists will be at the receptions, with the first one on Friday July 1, from 6 to 8 pm.

Shaw Cramer Gallery, 56 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. 508-696-7323.

Game time

Game’s on at the Louisa Gould Gallery in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, at 1 pm. John Holladay will talk about his current exhibit (ending June 26), John Holladay Sport Art, poster-sized, detailed illustrations of stadium scenes of specific college and national sports events. The faces in the stands, the expressions on the players, it’s all there with skill and humor depicted with Mr. Holladay’s remarkable eye. Find out how he does it on Saturday.

Louisa Gould Gallery, 54 Main St. Vineyard Haven. 508-693-7373

Something fishy

Join the artists on Sunday, June 26, from 5 to 7 pm, at the art reception at Old Sculpin Gallery. Old Sculpin Gallery presents Steve London’s gyotaku prints, Meg Mercier’s plein air impressionist oil paintings, and works by new members of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association (MVAA).

Gyotaku prints are a traditional Japanese method of printing directly from the fish. Mr. London explains that he catches the fish, paints directly on the fish, makes a print, and then — of course — eats the fish.

New members of the MVAA include Laura Anderson, Anthony Benton Gude, Katie Hutchison, Brian Kirkpatrick, Ian Whitt, Jonathon Klenner, Emily Drazen, and Katherine Grey, exhibiting a variety of mediums from folk art to glass sculpture.

Old Sculpin Gallery, 58 Dock Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4881.

Modern art

Thaw Malin has been making paintings every day or so and posting them on his website ( for bidding. He includes back stories and descriptions. Those interested should subscribe to his New Paintings, and each day that he completes an image, he will email it to you for your consideration. A rather ingenious way to market one’s art.