Glances at the Martha’s Vineyard art world

Old gravestones at Tisbury Village Cemetery. — Photo courtesy of MV Museum

“Images of Haiti”

Art in the Stacks at the Vineyard Haven Public Librarypresents the paintings of Wilfrid Dantis, a self-taught artist from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who began as a street artist. His painting depict scenes from Haitian life; often showing everyday challenges. “Images of Haiti” will be displayed throughout the month of October. Art in the Stacks is made possible by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library.

Handing you a line

At his Oak Bluffs gallery off Sea Glen Road, Washington Ledesma, known for his decorative ceramic work, will be showing his small pen and ink drawings, as well as his new, hand-drawn tee-shirts.The gallery will be open Saturday, Oct. 8 through Monday, Oct. 10 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Washington Ledesma Gallery, 5 Murrant Avenue off Sea Glen, near Vineyard Haven. 508-693-1823.

A gouache out in Chilmark

Marianne Neill’s recent gouache paintings will be displayed at the Chilmark Library for the month of October. An opening reception will be held at the library on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 3 to 5 pm. The show can be viewed during library hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Messages from the grave

Author Richard Waterhouse will speak on Graveyard Symbolism Thursday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library in Edgartown. Mr. Waterhouse, Director of the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit and board member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, will use examples found in various cemeteries around the Island. Admission: $8 for MVM members; $12 for non-members.


The ebulent Ray Ellis will be taking pen – not brush – in hand Saturday, Oct. 8, when he appears at North Water Gallery in Edgartown to sign copies of the many books dedicated to his paintings. Mr. Ellis will only be at the gallery from 10 to 11:30 am. 508-627-6002.

Showing off

Edgartown resident, artist Deborah T. Colter, is developing a following off-Island. She participated in The Gracie Square Art Show on East End Avenue in Manhattan on October 1 and 2. On October 8 and 9, she’ll be showing her abstract mixed media paintings at the 30th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut.