The Not Summer issue of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine explores some diverse artistic expressions — behind the scenes at the Island high school art department, in a museum exhibit of old-fashioned decoy carving and on a hunting season fashion shoot. Paul Brissette, longtime art department chairman at the high school and recent winner of the Creative Living Award, reflects on 30 years of cultivating student enthusiasm for art. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum displays its collection of vintage duck decoys in a new exhibit, and writer Samantha Barrow teams up with photographer Randi Baird and a slew of avid Island walkers to share tips for staying safe during hunting season.

John Early, known Islandwide for his many years of public service and his eponymous construction firm, talks with writer Rachel Orr about volunteerism, his thoughts on affordable housing and the impact of the Peace Corps on his life.

The magazine also delves into the world of winter on Martha’s Vineyard: early-morning rowing with Beth Kramer of West Tisbury; revisiting Vineyarders’ favorite vacation getaways with writer Moira C. Silva; and roasting chicken with cookbook author Catherine Walthers.