Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

I arrived on the Island as a twenty-something in the early 1980s and found a fledging art scene and stunning, unlimited beauty. There were a handful of galleries, one of which accepted me, but the bulk of my work was sold in New York. Little by little, independent art shows sprang into existence along with more permanent galleries. The all-Island art show was one such show, and the Family Planning art show was another.

The early days of the Family Planning shows were dazzling to me. It was a kaleidoscope of talents crammed into whatever small space they could find, but what impressed me the most were the overall feelings of goodwill and excitement of everybody involved. It has always been a happy event. This struck me most significantly as a young person. I was not familiar with this much love, support and celebration, of like-minded people coming together and creating something special with art. The fact that it was for Family Planning blew my mind. Nothing like this would have evolved in Florida where I grew up.

I was not accepted into the first few shows that I tried for because they were just too full, but I was determined to be a part of it. As Family Planning nationwide finds itself continually and unfairly under attack, I find myself more determined than ever to support them. For me, supporting this show isn’t just about fundraising, it is about hope. I am very grateful to be a part of a community that has, in abundance, artistic talent and deep human caring and is capable of marrying the two for the greater good.

Marjorie Mason