Chilmark: A week of plein-air

Patty Young holds her morning pastel drawing of Menemsha in the back of her car. — Photo by Valerie Sonnenthal

Oh, O, October is already here, and it’s still hard to keep up with all the Island happenings, the beginning of fall, and the full-moon eclipse. Menemsha is bustling at midday with people getting their fill at the Bite and takeout from the fish markets while they brave the winds and sit out on the lobster traps to enjoy lunch. When I was down in Menemsha last week, I met Patty Young and three of her Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League guests, Karen Ferrick, a first-time visitor, and two second-time visitors, Nan Hought and Rita Haldeman. Patty first came to visit her grandchildren in Aquinnah in 2002 at the old Graves place in Aquinnah, just a year after she moved to Pittsburgh following her husband’s retirement from UNC–Chapel Hill to be closer to their kids. Although Patty began coming annually in 2009, she has offered plein-air artists a week on the Island only for the past two years. Her favorite time to come is September to October. The artists are spoiled by Patty’s cooking at dinners of fresh local catch and produce, and enjoy lunch on the go. Menemsha is one of her favorite locations to paint; others include Lucy Vincent Beach and Sepiessa Point Reservation. Some days the artists remain in one location, and other days they manage different morning and afternoon locations. It was a pleasure to meet these artists and see their morning work. Patty said, “The week was spectacular. Weather was cool with beautiful clouds, and sunrises showing off their brilliant vibrant colors gave all painters an opportunity to enjoy the plein-air painting experience. Everyone had a thrill painting on Martha’s Vineyard.” Patty has a show up at Titus Gallery, if you find yourself in Ithaca, N.Y., that includes paintings of Martha’s Vineyard, or see more of her work at

Congratulations to my neighbors Fred and Sarah Khedouri on the wedding of their son Adam Khedouri to Molly Lewis, which took place at their Chilmark home on Saturday, Sept. 26. Hoping everyone had a great day.

Thursday evening, Thursday, Oct. 1, stop by the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown from 5 to 6:30 pm to check out the course samplings for the fall semester of ACE MV, or go to for class info and more details. Stop by and say hello, or sign up for my Hand and Foot Fitness Class.

The Samavesha Yoga Festival is ongoing at Vineyard Arts Project: Check for details, or call 508-776-9428.

Martha’s Vineyard Tattoo’s next pop-up shop is on Friday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 9 pm, and features Island designers and artists, including Kenworthy by Marlene and Randi Sylvia, Althea Designs, and linoleum-block prints by Althea Freeman Miller. Stop by 247 Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, or call 774-549-9464.

The Manhattan Short Film Festival begins Friday, Oct. 2, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center; check for more details.

Living Local Harvest Festival kicks off on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 pm with Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth’s documentary series “Sustainable Vineyard.” Be sure to stop by the Ag Hall on Saturday, Oct. 3, between 10 am and 4 pm to enjoy exhibits, vendors, and talks, followed by a BYO place setting Community Supper from 5 to 9 pm. Check for details.

Pizza Night is on: Come by Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 pm at Chilmark Community Church.

Long Point Wildlife Refuge is offering their last Seaweed Art Making on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4 pm. Call 508-627-3599 for information.