Martha’s Vineyard gallery glances


At Old Sculpin…

The work of four Martha’s Vineyard Art Association members goes on exhibit at Edgartown’s Old Sculpin Gallery from August 18 to 24. In addition, art from the gallery’s children’s classes will be on display Saturday, and Sunday, August 18 and 19. An artist’s reception takes place on August 19 from 5 to 7 pm.

Vineyarder Kathy Poehler will display her seaweed collages, and Anne Grandin, who draws inspiration from Native American spirituality, will exhibit her circular, organic acrylic paintings on wood, panels, canvas, and constructed forms. Former Southwest resident Mary French will show her acrylic paintings, and Brian Kirkpatrick uses fish and wildlife as the subjects for his stylized folk-art paintings. For information, call 508-627-4881 or go to

Rachel Paxton at Chilmark Library

Aquinnah artist Rachel Paxton makes paintings with images of native birds, butterflies, berries, and flowers on patterned backgrounds to evoke a sense of mysticism. Her assemblages include plates she has made herself and painted on, as well as found objects from the home and architectural elements.

Her work is on display at the Chilmark Library during the month of August. Trained at Rhode Island School of Design and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, Ms. Paxton has taught art and exhibited widely. For information, call the artist at 508-645-9393 or see

Island Art Gallery artist donates lighthouse art

A raffle organized by Island Art Gallery co-owner Uta Kirchlechner and artist Sam Close raised money for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum last week in honor of the Edgartown Lighthouse’s Children’s Memorial.

The Memorial was created by the museum to pay tribute to children who have died. It consists of stones laid around the lighthouse in a design marked by compass points. Each stone has the name of a child on it. A giclée print of the lighthouse painting made by Mr. Close went to the raffle’s winner.

Quiltmaker to talk at Shaw Cramer

Denise Labadie makes art quilts that are on display at Vineyard Haven’s Shaw Cramer Gallery from Thursday, Aug. 16, through Tuesday, Aug. 21. Made of quilted cotton, they are appliquéd and hand-painted, including scenes of “St. Kevin’s Monastery II” and the award-winning “Dun Aengus Stone Fort.”

Ms. Labadie will give a talk about her work on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 pm in the gallery. For information, call 508-696-7323 or go to

Richardson’s etchings and oils

Award-winning artist Patricia Richardson of Edgartown will exhibit her etchings and oil paintings on paper in the Pebble Gallery at Featherstone in Oak Bluffs starting August 16. Ms. Richardson will also show stained glass on which she has painted.

The former charter schoolteacher has been influenced by Louis Sullivan, and she emphasizes the importance of providing for the next generation in her work. For information, call 508-693-1850 or see

Ann Christensen comes to Dragonfly

Boston-area oil painter Ann Christensen will display her landscapes as the featured artist for a week at Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs, starting August 16. A colorist, she aims to convey “a spirit of place” in her work.

Turpentine Gallery has paintings, driftwood

Artist Mitch Gordon, who runs Turpentine Gallery in West Tisbury, offers a selection of landscapes in several styles, some impressionistic and some more abstract. He also makes sculpture out of driftwood he has collected on the Island’s beaches. For information, call 508-693-5147 or 508-693-5963.

NetsforLife exhibit heads to sell-out

A July photo exhibit at Louisa Gould Gallery benefitting the Episcopal Relief and Development Program to stamp out malaria in sub-Saharan Africa headed toward a sell-out. Eighteen of the 25 works on display had sold by last week.

Curator Barbara Case Sendak reported that donors included four-year-old Soleil Daugherty, who contributed $1 she earned from chores to keep children from “getting bad mosquito bites.”