The Vineyard Gazette and 11 photographers who shoot regularly for the newspaper will present some of their best work at a monthlong exhibit at Featherstone Center for the Arts that opens this Sunday, Sept. 24.

Vineyard Gazette Photography: Eyes of the Island will showcase some 150 news photos, portraits and fine art photography, most of them taken on and around Martha’s Vineyard. The show includes award-winning black and white images that appeared in the pages of the Gazette, color photography featured on the newspaper’s website at, as well as individual work chosen by the participating photographers.

The exhibit formally opens Sunday at the Francine Kelly Gallery in Featherstone’s new art barn with a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is the first on the Vineyard in almost 40 years focused on Vineyard Gazette photography. In August 1978, the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association hosted a show featuring seven photographers who shot regularly for the Gazette at the time: Peter Barry Chowka, Hollis Engley, J.B. Riggs Parker, Alison Shaw, Peter Simon, Robert Tobey and Michael Zide.

In 1987, a special exhibit was held at the Overseas Press Club in New York city featuring the works of four Gazette photographers: Ms. Shaw, Mark Lovewell, Carol Lundeen and M.C. Wallo.

Ms. Shaw, Mr. Simon and Mr. Lovewell, who have contributed photography to the Gazette since the 1970s, are also among the photographers featured in Eyes of the Island. Also featured in the show are Maria Thibodeau, Ray Ewing, Albert O. Fischer, Timothy Johnson, Lanny McDowell, Alison L. Mead, Steve Myrick and Jeanna Shepard. The Vineyard Gazette collection also includes works by other photographers, past and present.

Prints offered by individual photographers will be available for purchase; the Gazette’s photography is not for sale.