The 53rd All Island Art Show

The six judges included Lanny McDowell, Jennifer Pillsworth, Michael Hunter, Melissa Breese, Roberta Gross, and Sheila Fane. — Photo by Susan Safford

The 53 annual All Island Art Show was held Monday Aug.1, once again encircling the Tabernacle in the Oak Bluffs Campgrounds in art.

Participating artists over the age of 16 — professional and amateur, new and returning — were invited to submit five original pieces to be displayed. The Junior Art Show took place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10 am to 12 noon for children 15 and under.

Bob Cleasby, the Tabernacle programs director, says that it’s the Tabernacle’s biggest event of the season. More than just for the art, the show attracts visitors who come to be part of the festive atmosphere, who enjoy meeting Island artists and hearing about their techniques and methods.

The All Island Art Show was originated in 1958 by the late Sydna White, and has been headed by Jeanne Wells for close to 32 years. Ms. Wells explains that her love of art first drew her to get involved with the show, and the fact that is was a come-one-come-all event made it all the more enticing. She supports providing an opportunity for people who have talent and enjoy making art to display their work and get reactions from the public.