During summer the Chilmark Tavern stays true to its name. It is a place to eat and imbibe — bring your own, of course. But for the past few years, each winter the tavern morphs into a completely different type of destination, one that defies a category or even a definition. Welcome to the Pathways Project.
The brainchild of Marianne Goldberg, Pathways is essentially a playground for artists of all genres. Ms. Goldberg holds a doctorate in performance studies from New York University and has traveled extensively, performing and studying visual art, choreography and other art forms. Her dream has been to break open the world of art in every capacity so that Vineyard artists will be encouraged to collaborate and work in a no-holds-barred sort of way.
“What do you dream to create, if it became possible?” Ms. Goldberg posed in a recent interview. “That is a question I often ask artists and writers and they are surprised. Even when we greatly appreciate the arts we may forget how important it is to realize our creative dreams.”
In a sense, Ms. Goldberg sets the table. Vineyard artists then provide the feast.
At Pathways, artists can do just about anything they imagine. On one wall of the tavern is a large blank canvas with pastels at the ready for a creative outburst. There is a table filled with art books and a blank white screen awaits the next digital art show. There is space for writers to sit and create on a computer or go old school with pen and paper. And on most nights of the week there are music jams, poetry jams, art jams or body-bending dance performances.
Consider it Bauhaus meets Black Mountain College, said Ms. Goldberg. “Pathways is space for creating the beginnings of new work in all media,” she added. “We hope to offer a gathering place for the artistic community, where artists and writers can share creative projects. It is a dream continually coming true that such a diversity of rich work is emerging and celebrated together.”
Continuing through the end of April, the Chilmark Tavern has open hours on Mondays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Anyone who wants to browse the gallery, share a work in progress, write, work on drawing or just merge with the ongoing conversation and camaraderie, need only to drop by.
“It’s nice to know there’s a light on in the dead of winter, in the middle of the woods,” said Jonathan Auerbach after performing on a recent evening with Carole Charlin.
Ms. Charlin said she welcomed the support of the artistic community that she finds on the Vineyard. “Artists can be loners. They don’t come together unless someone makes it happen. They need something like John Cheever had at Yaddo, or a patron to encourage them.” All evening events are free and begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tuesday nights feature open mic poetry readings and the third Thursday of the month is reserved for digital visions — creations being displayed on the screen or on the computer — including short films and photography. Music jams take place on Friday nights, and some Saturdays offer special events or musical interludes. Nearly all of April offers an artistic celebration with the Imagine Arts Festival Opening. The Constructed Costume Ball takes place on Tuesday, April 2.
Tonight’s music jam is hosted by Matt Stamas with guest Ted Perry and others.
For a complete list of events, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-645-9088.