Painting With a Pro

Painting With a Pro

It’s a painting party! Artists all are welcome to join esteemed acrylics painter Debra Bretton Robinson as she paints en plein air (outdoors, from life) on North Water street in Edgartown across from the lighthouse next week, July 11 to 15, 9 a.m. to noon.

It’s BYOP (bring your own box of paints) but this can be a spectator sport too —the public is invited to join her by painting with her or by simply viewing the process as she paints.

Ovid Osborn Ward Painting Highlights National Exhibit

A recent painting by Ovid Osborn Ward entitled Windswept has been accepted in the National Exhibit, hosted by the Cape Cod Art Association located at 3480 Route 6A in Barnstable, Mass. The show is a juried exhibit of works in various mediums created by artists from across the United States. It runs from July 14 through August 15. The opening reception is July 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Old Sculpin Art Gallery Baits Hook with Fish Print

To make a gyotaku fish print an artist also needs to be a man of the sea. Not old mind you, but definitely experienced in the both the art of surfcasting as well as the brush. Steve London is such a man.

First Mr. London catches the fish. Then he inks the fish and presses it into mulbery fiber paper called unryu, keeping alive the art form he learned from a Japanese master. The results of this craftmanship will be on display from July 2 through 8 at the Old Sculpin Gallery located on Dock street in Edgartown next to the Chappy ferry.

Landscape Artistry

Landscape Artistry

Shaw Cramer Artists Bring Island Home

It’s summertime and Martha’s Vineyard looks like one big landscape oil painting. Simply perfect and bursting with both subtle shades and vibrant colors. Shame the Island is too big to pop in the trunk of the car and take home to remember such perfection all winter long. We have tried, but no go, even with one of those clamshells on the roof-rack. Chappy keeps blowing off midway home and ending up in the tall weeds somewhere off 95.

Students Shine at Old Sculpin Reception

The Old Sculpin Gallery was full of lively energy and a crowd of people on Sunday. It was the show for the scholarship winners of the Martha’s Vineyard Arts Association.

This year’s winners are Isaac Hurwitz and Kira Shipway; the alternate is Tova Katzman.

Each of the three recent high school graduates presented an impressive array of work, stretching across mediums and subject matters.

Suspense Builds in Artist’s Early Scenes

At first you can’t tell what the paintings are. Then you notice the gruesome red spot on one, the shape of a head on the second, the bodily form lying there on the third; three paintings playing with your perception of a man who has been shot in the head.

The artist is Walker Roman, 21, who is one of four featured artists at Shephard Fine ArtSpace’s show that opened last Saturday.

New Book Puts You Behind Quiet Eye of Alison Shaw

If you visit the Alison Shaw Gallery during its opening this Memorial Day weekend, you may find yourself among the many who are inspired to go out and make photographs as calmly arresting and as quintessentially Vineyard as Ms. Shaw’s. If this is the case, the best remedy might be a copy of Ms. Shaw’s new book, Photographing Martha’s Vineyard: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them.

Plein Air, Plus Critique

Plein Air, Plus Critique

On Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m., oil painter Meg Mercier will give a brief gallery talk about her plein air paintings on view at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown.

The evening will also include a constructive critique by folk artist Brian Kirkpatrick for anyone who wishes to bring in a work in progress. Contact the gallery for more details at 508-627-4881, mvaa@verizon.netor or visit

VanLandingham Exhibit

VanLandingham Exhibit

Island-born painter Dan VanLandingham, fresh from receiving his master of fine arts degree at Savannah College of Art and Design, will exhibit his Vineyard landscapes at Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery. Mr. VanLandingham is the featured artist at the gallery through June 22.

The gallery is at 91 Dukes County avenue in the arts district in Oak Bluffs. Call 508-693-8877 or visit