The works of over 120 Vineyard artists will be on display this weekend at the Agricultural Hall as Friends of Family Planning host their annual art show. The show opens today and runs through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission is free. A special Gala Preview Party was held Thursday night.
Now in its 25th year, the art show raises funds for the Family Planning clinic through sales of the pieces on display and ticket sales to the Gala. Artists donate between 40 and 100 per cent of their sales to the cause. Applications for the art show go out in early spring, and Vineyard artists, both professionals and hobbyists, respond in force. Oil paintings, watercolors and photography are represented, but art takes many forms. Furniture, lamps, notecards, clothing and handmade paper are not uncommon sights. Last year, one artist donated a handcarved table and chair set.
“There’s something for everyone,” said Friends of Family Planning president Jennifer Knight. “It’s really amazing work that is put out.”
This year, one of the 100 per cent artists is Emily Coulter of Vineyard Haven. Ms. Coulter, a wedding planner with a background in interior design, is creating an installation designed specifically for the show to hang above the bar area, donating materials and time to the endeavor. She is also donating a to-be-commissioned work. “Essentially...an individual piece designed for someone,” said Ms. Knight.
Artists aren’t the only Vineyarders making donations. Local businesses provided items for a raffle, while restaurants, private chefs and caterers provide food and desserts for the event. Herring Run Kitchens and Provisions will run the kitchen this year.
High school students participate in a contest to design the art show’s poster, with between 25 and 50 entries each year. Junior Isaiah Maynard earned the top prize this year for his design.
On Thursday evening, during the Gala Preview event, special guest Kate Taylor announced the beginning of the Friends of Family Planning capital campaign, which seeks to raise $100,000. The money will go to paying off the mortgage of the Family Planning clinic and create a reserve fund.
“In terms of capital campaigns, it’s a very modest one,” Ms. Knight said. “But it means a lot to us because the mortgage is a significant portion of our expenses.”
The Family To Family campaign encourages Vineyarders to host an event, as elaborate as a dinner party or as simple as a pool party, to help raise funds, Ms. Knight said.
“It really will be Islanders helping Islanders,” she said.