Gay Head Gallery adds abstract artist

Irish painter Andrew Dunlop displays abstracts of Aquinnah's cliffs at the Gay Head Gallery. — Photo courtesy of Gay Head Gallery

Gay Head Gallery owner Megan Ottens Sargent calls Irish painter Andrew Dunlop’s work “commanding and quirky.” Mr. Dunlop, who divides his time between Santa Fe and Ireland, has recently completed a series of abstract oil paintings on canvas-reinforced paper depicting the Gay Head Cliffs. They are now on exhibit at the gallery.

Other new work at the gallery includes life studies, abstracts, and marine paintings by Vineyard Haven resident Frank Brunelle, former proprietor of Brunelle Leathers. His wife Vasha Brunelle’s wildlife and landscape paintings share space with his work.

New Hampshire printmaker Matthew Smith has copper-plate etchings and wood cuts of marine life, including whales and lobsters, on exhibit. The former fisherman became an artist and whale advocate out of concern for the harm these marine mammals suffer from fishing boats and gear. His work complements the gallery’s conservation mission. Chilmark painter Ellen Liman, who works plein air with a palette knife, has new landscapes of Chilmark and Aquinnah on display.

Still on view is work by a number of other local and regional painters, photographers, printmakers and artisans. Included are paintings by Liz Taft, Linda Thompson, Wendy Weldon, Rose Abrahamson, and Doug Kent; pastels by Zaria Foreman; and photographs by Barbara Norfleet, Peggy Roth Major, and Walter Rabetz. Wampum jewelry by Joan LeLacheur and fused glass and metal work by Barney Zeitz are also on display.

The Gay Head Gallery acts as an information and advocacy center for environmental issues. A portion of proceeds from the sale of many artists’ work goes to benefit the Moshup Trail Project, a conservation effort to protect globally rare habitat along Moshup Trail in Aquinnah.

Gay Head abstracts by Andrew Dunlop and other new work, Gay Head Gallery, 32 State Rd., Aquinnah. Open 12 noon to 5 pm, Thursday through Sunday; also by appointment or chance. For information, call 508-645-2776.