Glances: What’s happening in the Martha’s Vineyard art world

"Fall Birch 1" by Leslie Baker. — Photo courtesy of Shaw Cramer Ga

Island artist wins at Boston’s Copley Society

Leslie Baker of West Tisbury recently won first place in the Fall Members Show of The Copley Society of Art in Boston for her oil painting “Fall Birch 1.” According to a press release, this award represents achievement in a new body of abstract work for Ms. Baker, who is best known for her more representational landscapes, still life work, and commissioned figurative pieces.

The exhibition runs from September 12 through October 31 at The Copley, the oldest nonprofit art society in the U.S. You can also see Ms. Baker’s work at the Shaw Cramer Gallery, located on Main Street in Vineyard Haven.

Artisans Festival expands for Labor Day weekend

The largest art show on Martha’s Vineyard gets even larger on Labor Day Weekend. This weekly showcase of local furniture, clothing, ceramics, jewelry, and fine art will take place at the Ag Hall (instead of its usual location at the Grange Hall) on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1.

More than 70 Island artists will show their work, and many will give demonstrations and talks on their craft. In addition to art, there will be local catered food for sale, live music, and pony rides. A $2 parking fee will benefit a scholarship fund for students at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The festival grounds are open from 10 am to 5 pm both days. For more information, visit

What’s up at A

Rick Lazes’ three-dimensional art forms, crafted from cherry, maple, ash, and poplar hardwoods and steam bent into various forms, are part of the Labor Day weekend show at A Gallery in Oak Bluffs.

Mr. Lazes’ work joins the likes of Lucy Mitchel, Michele Ratte, Rez Williams, Mariana Cook, Lily Morris, Cindy Kane, Billy Hoff, Margo Ouellette, Ed Schulman, Emily Drazen, and Anthony Benton Gude. The gallery is open from 10:30 am to 7 pm daily. For more information, call 917-378-0662 or email