Tisbury: Meet the Epsteins


On Sunday, August 28, you are invited to meet the Epstein family from 4 to 6 pm at the Featherstone Pebble Gallery. Ruth Epstein, at age 91, has been creating art for more than seven decades, and will exhibit her newest mixed-media collage pieces in this show. Works by several members of the talented family will be on display for 10 days. Sharing the gallery space will be Ruth’s sons Rick and Mitch Epstein, along with her son-in-law Ivory Littlefield.

Rick Epstein is a ceramic artist known for creating large-scale, three-dimensional clay landscapes.

Mitch Epstein is a photographer whose work can be found in major museum collections. He will exhibit photographs from Martha’s Vineyard. Ruth’s son-in-law, Ivory Littlefield, is known for his skill as an artist and woodworker and is also a talented sculptor and carver. He will show several of his carved wooden bowls.

Cyclists who register early, by August 31, will save 10 percent of the $100 registration fee ($90 for returning participants) for Cycle Martha’s Vineyard. The ride is Saturday, Oct. 1. See cyclemarthasvineyard.org.

The National Weather Service is training storm spotters on Martha’s Vineyard. The free training session is Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 pm at the Edgartown Public Library. Satisfy your interest in weather and help improve public safety. Learn how to identify signs of severe weather, and become a part of the vital spotter network that provides key observations to the National Weather Service and Dukes County Emergency Management. Questions? Call Stephanie Dunten in Taunton at 508-823-2228.

What a wonderful Fair with so many grand displays. I head first to the junior veggies. My granddaughters were delighted with the scorpion, as well as the squash in a hammock, complete with palm tree. So much fun in one place.

Cali Giglio caught our eyes with her fair and carnival scene complete with lights. Waylon Sauer painted a sneaker shark with very sharp teeth not far from Ava Krouson’s pencil drawing of a sweet baby turtle. Did you see the standing shorebird made of fabric by Robin Tuck? Nearby was an elfin sculpture of fabric and wood pieces by Audrey van der Krog. Peter Palches had a clever white oak Table for Tiny House which can pivot to be half-sized. Molly Leznikowski painted a floor cloth of a pretty shell scene.

Laura Beebe’s quilts are beautiful. She selected two to show: a winter lighthouse scene and an intricate sampler of 83 different pieced squares. Charlotte Cole fascinated me with her colorful hanging that looked like a stained glass round window. She also had a lovely needlepoint hanging.

Mary King created an unusual butterfly quilt in soft colors. Gale Green pieced an amazing courthouse steps with striped borders. Cathleen Griffin displayed an old-fashioned red and white quilt with a large embroidered center square surrounded by pieced star patterns.

My favorite was a quilted barn scene with lamb and calf and baby ducks by Terry Costello. Perhaps it was because of the big raindrops and the drain barrel running over with water. One sweet little duckling even wore rain boots.

The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival runs Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 6 through 11, with more films, discussions, and concerts than ever before. They will show provocative films from all over the globe at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, Capawock, and Strand theaters. You can meet the filmmakers and enjoy artist showcases and live music. More at mvfilmsociety.com.

Happy anniversary to David and Elizabeth Beim on Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sherm Goldstein. Wish the best on Sunday to Barbara Bruck. Monday belongs to Cynthia Walker. Happy birthday to Jessica Dolliver on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.