West Tisbury: So much art


West Tisbury was bustling all weekend. The Family Planning Show at the Ag Hall, the first of the season Artisans Festivals at the Grange, loads of cars and people everywhere. The library, the Howes House, Alley’s and 7A, Cronig’s, and Conroy’s all had parking lots filled and cars waiting for spaces. The garden centers welcomed gardeners eager to seåe what was new this season.

The Field Gallery had art displayed on its outside walls, a sign they were open for business, and the sculpture garden was filled with admirers. Similarly, the Granary featured new displays inside and out. Kara Taylor opened her gallery for the season; she will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 to 5, in June. Marie-Louise Rouff had an opening Saturday evening at Louisa Gould’s gallery in Vineyard Haven, and a new gallery opened in Oak Bluffs on Dukes County Avenue, where the old PikNik Gallery was.

There will be an opening this Saturday at the West Tisbury library for mother-daughter artists Anne and Liza Martin. Both are painters. Come between 4 and 5 pm to meet the artists and see their work, which will remain on display through June.

Other library events include a workshop and panel discussion on Monday, June 5, 6 to 7:30 pm, for community members to share their emotions about the current political climate. It will be led by Julia Kidd, psychotherapist, Kimberly Cartwright, mystic and coach, and Laura Love Denman, health and wellness coach. Also on Monday, learn how to navigate and use the Community Seed Library cabinet, 7 to 8 pm. Victoria Haeselbarth will teach an obituary-writing workshop on Tuesday, June 6, 11:30 am to 1 pm; participants will leave with a rough draft of their own obituaries. The last episode of “Martha’s Vineyard Signs Then and Now” will be shown on Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm.

Sunday, June 4, is a big day for the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, whose graduation ceremony and celebration begins at 1:30 pm. This will be the largest graduating class in the school’s 21 years. The 14 graduates are Clancy Conlin, Yolani Doddy, Belle Dupon, Mateo Garcia, Galen Harper, Daniel Ketterer, Chloe Littlefield, Grace Myers, Avery Miner, Isabella Morais, Carlos Mullen, Jared Rivard, Ryan Scherer, and Lucy Thompson. Congratulations to you all.

The annual spring cleanup of the West Tisbury Church grounds will be this Saturday morning, from 9 am to noon. Volunteers are asked to bring their gardening tools and gloves to pitch in and provide the many hands that will make light work of the project. Lemonade and water will be provided.

On Sunday, the church will welcome guest minister the Rev. Jim Antal, president of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, and an environmental activist since the first Earth Day in 1970. He will speak about “Defiant Hope — Christian Witness in a Time of Climate Crisis.”

Don’t forget the upcoming Town Picnic, planned for next Saturday, June 10. More in next week’s column.

Mike and I seem to have acquired a new pet, or at least a new resident on our property. It is a skunk. He or she (I’ll continue the story using “he,” just to make things flow more smoothly) appears regularly on our west-facing lawn to feast on what must be an endless supply of grubs. He is rather an unusual-looking skunk, with two thin stripes that meet in a v-shaped marking that ends at his nose, giving him the appearance of a dowsing rod (or an upside-down, piratical rabbit) when he is engaged in digging for his dinner. He seems quite content on his own. He certainly appears well-nourished. I am grateful for his devotion to his work; hopefully our lawn will benefit from his attention. But I have to get into the habit of always checking where he is before letting the dogs out in the morning. He seems amiable enough, scuttling off into the woods whenever I call out the window to alert him. I am interested to observe his habits, to learn about skunk behavior. His tail is always at the ready. So far, so good.