Variety the theme at Old Sculpin reception

"Fishing Shack #1," a new work by Marston Clough. — Photo courtesy of Old Sculpin Gallery

Whether it’s the quality of moonlight and high beams at a post-sunset Menemsha Texaco, the eye-leading architectural lines surrounding Edgartown harbor, or the whimsy of a crowd boarding the Island Queen ferry, the current collection at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown encompasses a lot.

This Sunday, July 28, the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association’s Old Sculpin Gallery hosts an opening reception for six Island artists: Debra Gaines, Warren Gaines, Marston Clough, Sheila Fane, Victor Pisini, and Brian Kirkpatrick.

“It’s going to be a great variety because all of these artists have different mediums,” said Jen Kowal of the gallery.

Debra Gaines of Edgartown creates photography and encaustic work — a technique in which the artist paints with wax. Her husband, Warren Gaines, works in soft pastels.

Two oil painters will also display work at the show. Marston Clough, an Islander born and raised, does blurred yet colorful landscapes. He also dabbles in watercolors, drawing, and printmaking. His contemporary, Victor Pisini, recreates detailed, realistic Vineyard scenes.

Sheila Fane shows her color-blocked printmaking, as well as sculpture. And while Brian Kirkpatrick is among the majority of painters being displayed, his painting “has more of a folk art type of look to it,” Ms. Kowal says.

All of the artists have shown at the gallery before, but each will display new work with this coming reception. Because all of the artists are local, many of artworks share a Martha’s Vineyard setting. “Part of what makes us unique as a gallery is all of our artists live on the Island either year-round or seasonally,” Ms. Kowal said.

But visitors to Old Sculpin on Sunday should not expect to see the same painting over and over again. “In the case of this show, spectrum of artistic technique is the theme,” Ms. Kowal continued.

Artists’ Reception, Sunday, July 28, 5–7 pm, Old Sculpin Gallery, Edgartown. Show runs through August 2. For more information, call 508-627-4881 or visit