Featherstone spotlights Harthaven

The new Francine Kelly Gallery at Featherstone Center for the Arts. —David Welch

The Francine Kelly Gallery at Featherstone celebrates the works of William Abbe, Sanford Low, and Douglas Prizer from July 22 to August 8. All three spent their summers in the Oak Bluffs neighborhood of Harthaven, and recorded their experiences in their artwork, which ranges from stunning watercolors to vibrant graphic linoleum and woodblock prints.

The retrospective will include dozens of pieces, most on loan from private collections as well as the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Old Sculpin Gallery, and the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Conn.

Additional artwork featured includes that of Harthaven artists Mary Stevens, Mila Cenkl, Louis Fusari, Grace Conlin, Virginia Low, Martha “Patty” Pease, Martha Moore, and Grace Vibberts.

An accompanying exhibit will offer a multimedia reflection on Harthaven itself and memories of idyllic summers.

In addition to the works on display, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase Bill Abbe prints, many signed and numbered.

On July 26, from 7 to 9 pm, all are invited to participate in an open mic night of Harthaven reminiscences by families, friends, and neighbors, past and present.

For more information about the Harthaven celebration, contact Kate Hancock at Featherstone,

kate@featherstoneart.org or 508-693-1850.