Museum Awards

From left, Marian Halperin Francine Kelly, and Joan Norton, who accepted the award on behalf of her husband, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness. — Photo courtesy of M.V. Museum

The Martha’s Vineyard Medal was presented to three Islanders by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum early this month in a ceremony held at the Federated Church. The recipients are Marian Halperin, Francine Kelly, and S. Bailey Norton Jr.

Ms. Halperin was secretary to the museum’s directors for five years, starting in 1973, and she was director from 1985 until 1991. She won the first Creative Living Award, presented annually by the Permanent Endowment Fund, in 1983. She is currently at work transcribing the diaries of two sisters from the 18th century. Her award was presented by James B. Richardson III, chairman of the museum’s Collections Committee.

Ms. Kelly was an art dealer and collector and a supporter of the arts in Indianapolis before “retiring” to the Vineyard in 2003. She quickly became executive director of Featherstone Center for the Arts, which she led until 2010. She remains active in the arts and in cultural organizations on the Island. Her award was presented by her daughters, Ann Smith and Janis Smith-Gomez.

Mr. Norton served on the museum’s board from 1983 until 1996, and he was president from 1985 until 1988. He is the author of “My Long Journey Home: A Life Worth Living,” about the rigors of making a living on the water. His award was presented by Christopher Scott, executive director of the Preservation Trust.