A festive scene at Shepherd Fine ArtSpace in Oak Bluffs. — File photo by Susan Safford

Art in the Stacks

A new initiative of the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, Art in the Stacks, provides individual artists an opportunity to show their work, and for library patrons to enjoy art at the library throughout the year. This month, the still-life paintings of L. Harriet Reasoner, an award-winning artist, are on display.

A feast for eyes, mind, and body

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum holds its fourth annual You can’t spell mARTha’s vineyard without A-R-T party at the Shephard Fine ArtSpace. The museum is hosting dinner with Traeger diPietro, Paul Karasik, Meg Mercier, Lucy Mitchell, Andrew Moore, Alison Shaw, Kara Taylor, Kenneth Vincent, David Wallis, Allen Whiting, Rez Williams, and Marsha Winsryg, who will share their artistic expertise. Tickets are $250 each. 508-627-4441, ext. 117, or email

Cashing out

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Visual Arts (MVCVA) is providing grant money for Island artists through a program established after the sale of the Firehouse Gallery to photographer Alison Shaw. The program was established to encourage Martha’s Vineyard artists to develop their creative ideas. Work in all media such as visual and performing arts, literary endeavors, film, or any art-related subjects will be considered. For more information, visit or contact Renee Balter at 508-696-7643.

Baer’s Block Party Photographer Janice Baer has put toether a show of her photography at Featherstone Center for the Arts that sounds very special. She notes, “As a photographer I am drawn to the flip side of life. I love interesting and unusual ways of seeing everyday things. Block Party is a celebration of fantastical places.” This exhibit features scenes from New Mexican Taiwan.The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 15, 4 to 6 pm, in the Pebble Gallery, Featherstone Center for the Arts. 508-693-1850.