Good things come in small packages at the Louisa Gould Gallery this month. For the past 10 years, the Main Street gallery in Vineyard Haven has offered customers the chance to purchase work by some of their most popular artists at affordable prices at the Small Wonders show. “People look forward to having this opportunity to find affordable art for gift giving,” says Gould, “or to buy work from a favorite artist for themselves.”
This year 15 artists are participating, including painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, glassworkers, and jewelers.
Among the most reasonably priced gift options are Sally Martone’s little bird paintings. Each oil painting on gold leaf shows a cardinal or chickadee perched on a wintry branch against a gold-leaf, snow-speckled background. Martone’s charming paintings have proven very popular over the past few years. At around $200, they make a perfect little winter present.
Local artist Donna Blackburn primarily focuses on ocean and coastal scenes. She is offering some tiny (4 x 4 inch) oil paintings perfect for Vineyard fans — including one of the ferry and one of the Edgartown Lighthouse for a mere $95 each.
Kate Huntington is a master painter of figures — both human and animal. For the Small Wonder show she has contributed a series of farmyard scenes — cows, calves, and sheep grazing in summer pastures, done in an impressionist style. Huntington’s oil paintings are on sale for $600 and $700.
Nick Paciorek has a style all his own. Using very broad strokes and vibrant color he manages to impart a lot of mood to his seaside scenes. His little oil paintings of a lighthouse, a harbor, and the lunch crowd at the Atlantic restaurant sell for $550 each.
A series of beautiful landscapes and seascapes by Christie Scheele are available for around $500. Rick Fleury’s moody oil on copper paintings sell for $500 to $700.
Works by a few of the more high-end artists are also available. At the Small Wonders show you’ll find a few paintings by popular landscape artist Paul Beebe of the American Society of Marine Artists, and some peaceful Cape Cod scenes spotlighting color combinations by Peter Batchelder.
Peggy Turner-Zablotny is offering a great deal on some of her botanical collage prints. All of the 8.5-inch-square limited edition prints are on offer are $300 — less than half of their original price.
Ceramicists Suzanne Hill and Curtis Hoard are also represented in the show. Work by the latter includes wonderful asymmetrical coffee mugs for $45 — the perfect Christmas present for a friend with eclectic taste.
Another funky gift option is a mixed-media sculpture by Jill McLaughlin, who creates whimsical freestanding or hanging boxes embellished with buttons, keys, and other found objects.
Glass artist Russell Carson is offering beautiful standing whale tail sculptures, while Brian Arthur has created a series of little bronze sea otters.
For an even smaller gift you can find teeny-tiny paintings by Mimi Schlichter or cards by a number of the gallery’s artists. There’s plenty of jewelry to choose from, including work by Jim Lamont, who works in hammered copper, silver, and brass.
“One of the reasons we do this,” says Gould, “is because Vineyard Haven is more of a year-round town, and it’s our way of saying thank you for staying open and alive.”
The Small Wonders show is a special gesture to the Island, an opportunity to shop for art within most budgets and find truly Vineyard gifts for friends and family.
Join the gallery for a holiday reception for the annual Small Wonders show, during Christmas on the Vineyard weekend, Saturday, Dec. 8, 3-5 pm. Louisa Gould Gallery, 54 Main St., Vineyard Haven, is open every day from 11 am to 5 pm.