Fall brings new work to Night Heron Gallery


Vineyard Haven’s Night Heron Gallery is gearing up for fall with new work. The 10 artists there are L.A. Brown, Jeri Dantzig, Sylvie Farrington, Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, Washington Ledesma, Beldan K. Radcliffe, Diana Stewart, Lisa Strachan, Kathleen Tackabury, and Carolyn Warren. All are Vineyard residents, a requirement of this gallery collective.

Photographer L.A. Brown has been working on boats and parts of boats that she finds intriguing. “Mood and evocative are what I’m looking for,” she says. Her living body of work is called “Mary’s Chair.” Each of these photographs has an antique black Windsor chair that belonged to Mary Coles, a blind artist and good friend. “I photograph it in different locations on the Island,” Brown says.

Jeri Dantzig is a glassmaker who designs platters and sculptural work, among other pieces. This fall she’s exhibiting colorful lazy Susans that range in size from 10 to 18 inches. Another item is a glass sculpture of waves on a stand. “Glass always brightens everybody’s life,” she says.

“I recently found a bunch of vintage 1940s and 1950s barkcloth,” says designer Sylvie Farrington, well known for her signature cloth handbags. Barkcloth is named for its nubby texture, and she has new pillows using it, including some with cowboy prints. She also displays iPad cases made in the style of a clutch.

Ingrid Goff-Maidoff exhibits unique books, small gift packets, and books of her poetry. Two of the packets are called “Wishing You All Good Things” and “You’re So Beautiful.” The singer and songwriter has segued into poetry. She’s also going to show a new shape of ornament in anticipation of the coming holidays.

Washington Ledesma is well known for his colorful pottery using mythic images. This fall his tiles are all new, and he is displaying fish made of metal and painted with enamel. Other items in his collection include new vases, healing stones, and charming small animal figurines. He also is selling T shirts as his commercial product. Each artist is allowed to present one commercial craft object.

Beldan K. Radcliffe takes sweaters and “upcycles” them into new clothing. Among her newer items are sweater coats and shawls. All are one of a kind, and some are cashmere. One particularly striking piece is an all-black jacket. Her infinity scarves, made in one continuous loop that the wearer winds around the neck, are also on display.

Gemologist Diana Stewart likes to find unusual gems to use in her distinctive jewelry. She’s employing Indonesian bumblebee jasper, so called because of its remarkable combination of black, white, and yellow colors, this season. “Birds on a Wire” has a large, included quartz stone with iron, which turns it orange. The small stone is orange chalcedony and the small, faceted black beads are spinel. The stone is mined in Brazil.

“What’s new and exciting for me is that I’m working with a new clay that is black,” says potter Lisa Strachan. “I am loving this challenge, and have created many new designs for this body of work.” It’s the complete opposite of the white porcelain she’s been known for the past 25 years. Particularly charming is her black platter with a large, bright blue nautilus, an example of her dramatic new pottery.

Jeweler Kathleen Tackabury is exhibiting new opal jewelry. Her work is often sculptural, like the pendant that is an asymmetrical talisman with two purple cobalto calcite stones.Three-D sculptures and unusual, beautiful gemstones are what she loves. Her repoussé silver is hammered into relief from the reverse side. Among the Vineyard themes are a silver mermaid’s purse and a horseshoe crab.

Last but hardly least is Carolyn Warren, whose mini paintings make wonderful gifts and serve as a remembrance of the Island, she says. Combined in sets of three, they make a narrative sequence. “They are influential as an exercise, and generally work as a sketch for my larger pieces,” she says.


Night Heron Gallery, 58 Main St., Vineyard Haven. October hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily. In November, the gallery will be closed on Wednesdays. Call 508-696-9500, or visit nightherongallery.com.