Be the belle of the ball at Pathways

Keren Jonnesen at last year's ball, where the theme was Oceans Wilderness. This year’s theme, Illumination, will feature black lights and glow-in-the-dark paint. —Photo by Larissa Stinga

Despite the death of Marianne Goldberg in December, her legacy lives on. Pathways Projects, her visionary initiative to foster the arts on Martha’s Vineyard, continues to provide a space for creators of all sorts to present their work to Island art lovers. If you haven’t made it up to the Chilmark Tavern for a Pathways evening this winter, there are still a few more chances to enjoy its creativity and camaraderie. Pathways will offer a final run of spring programming — including readings, performances, video screenings, and visual art presentations — throughout April.

This coming Saturday, a Pathways tradition continues with the annual Wearable Art Ball. For the past three years, the Pathways staff has invited the public to create their own costumes on premises, dress up, then drink, dance, and make merry.

This year’s theme — Illumination — will feature black lights and glow-in-the-dark paint. Artist Danielle Mulcahy will assist guests in creating masks, hats, and clothing using black light paints. People can bring their own items to decorate, or they can create designs on masks provided by Pathways. Luminescent body paint will also be available. Ms. Mulcahy encourages people to wear white (for its effect under black light) and bring glow toys to add to the vibrant atmosphere. At 7 pm, the black lights will go on for a colorful dance party fueled by tunes from DJ IslandBoy58. Refreshments will be offered.

The following day, Sunday, April 3, Pathways will host a very different sort of event. From 3:30 to 5 pm, people are invited to participate in a Healing Music Session. Guests can recline in beach chairs (or bring their own) or relax on the floor on pillows and mats, and enjoy soothing music by David Stanwood on piano and Atzik Marquez on violin. According to the Pathways website, “many people have found that music alleviates pain and relieves stress.” Ms. Goldberg was a strong believer in the power of music.

Upcoming events are a real mix of the arts. Next Tuesday, April 5, Pathways will present an evening of ocean themed video and digital offerings including short films, slideshows, and poetry.  

A musical evening on Friday, April 8, will feature an original composition created by Tony Tobia. The following Tuesday, April 12, the Open Writing and Poetry series continues with a presentation by artist/poet Margaret Emerson.

On Thursday, April 14, the ocean-themed month of April continues with three short film screenings. “Seaweeds” by Andrea Olsen and Rachel Baird and a documentation of the moving of the Gay Head lighthouse by Richard Skidmore will precede the showing of “The Great Bear Sea: Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future” a feature film produced by Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative.

Musician Alex Karalekas will present his latest recording at a CD Release Party on Saturday, April 16.

On April 19, Pathways will move down Island to present a “happening”  at the Old Marine Hospital on Lagoon Pond Road in Vineyard Haven. The front of the building will become a huge screen on which images and short video clips will be projected all evening. The projections will be visible from Beach Road as well as other vantage points. Pathways will also keep up a Twitter feed of the images. Among the material projected on the building, the staff will include short videos created by kids at Pathways during the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.  

The Pathways season finale this year will be dedicated to the efforts of Ms. Goldberg. The closing event on April 29 will feature a sampling of creations by artists whom Ms. Goldberg supported throughout the years.

Pathways has just signed a lease on a down-Island office to be located on Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. This dedicated year-round base of operations will allow Pathways to continue presenting events at various locations throughout the summer, when the Chilmark Tavern, once again, is turned back into a restaurant.

This weekend at Pathways at the Chilmark Tavern: Saturday, April 2, “Illumination” Wearable Art Ball. Costume making, 5–7 pm. Black Light dance party, 7 pm on. Sunday, April 3, Healing Music Session, 3:30–5 pm. All Pathways events are free.