Local artists partner with The Trustees in “Painting the Vineyard”

Artists will capture the beauty of Long Point Beach and four other TTOR properties at two "paint-outs" on Saturday and Sunday. The results will be on display Sunday. — File photo by Susan Safford

This weekend’s “Painting the Vineyard” paint-out will allow both Islanders and visitors alike a chance to view local artists painting in favorite Vineyard sites, and then buy the resulting artworks. Proceeds will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association (MVAA) and The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR).

The paint-out will take place Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, from 9 am to 12 noon and 3 to 6 pm, at five Trustees sites on the Island. The artists’ reception and sale is set for Sunday, June 30, 5–7 pm, at the MVAA’s Old Sculpin Gallery, located on Dock Street in Edgartown.

TTOR Island properties included are Norton Point Beach in Edgartown, Long Point Wildlife Refuge in West Tisbury, and Mytoi, Wasque Point, and Cape Poge on Chappaquiddick. Some van transportation will be available between the Chappaquiddick ferry and the Chappaquiddick properties.

During the paint-out, these five TTOR properties will offer a reduced admission cost of $2 per person (normal rate is $3). In addition, the Chappaquiddick Ferry will reduce its fare. In order to be eligible for these discounts, participants will need to acquire a “Painting the Vineyard” pass at the Old Sculpin Gallery or online at oldsculpin.org.

As part of the educational outreach initiatives for the TTOR and MVAA, elementary school students from West Tisbury and Edgartown will also exhibit paintings from their visit to Menemsha Hills and Norton Point Beach. Proceeds from the sale of student work will be donated to TTOR.

“‘Painting the Vineyard’ will be a great opportunity for visitors and Islanders to get to these beloved Island sites early in the season, and to have the unique experience of also seeing artists at work,” said John Vasconcellos, Southeast Regional Director for TTOR. “They can make an afternoon or a day of it, while also supporting local artists and properties.”

“Seeing the art actually being created in favorite Island spots combines the best of both worlds – enjoying the beauty of our natural environment and capturing it on canvas,” said Sara Aibel, president of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association. “We are excited about sharing the experience and the resulting artwork at our Sunday reception and are especially thrilled that Island students who have just visited these sites are donating their art to The Trustees.”