Aesthetically Pleasing to Eye and Wallet
Hannah McCarthy

Julian Wise sits examining a series of photographs in his new store Island Images located in Oak Bluffs.

“Out of all of them, these four are good enough,” he says. “I could use them professionally in the gallery.”

The pair of photographers nod as Mr. Wise explains to them what works about their pictures. He encourages the artists to go with their gut, bring in a few more photographs and he will sell the work in the gallery.

Sabine and Simone Geary, aged 15 and 13 respectively, gather their portfolios and head out.

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Doodling With Ms. Feiffer

Kate Feiffer has made a name for herself writing children’s books and even transforming one of her books, My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, into a play that ran off-Broadway this winter. The daughter of famed illustrator Jules Feiffer, she has not nudged up against his domain. Until now, that is.

On Saturday, August 17, Ms. Feiffer unveils her own talent with illustrations at the Vineyard Playhouse gallery located at 24 Church street in Vineyard Haven. The opening reception is from 4 to 8 p.m. and the exhibit will continue through August 29.

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Arts District Stroll
Curators and the simply curious will enjoy the annual Arts District Stroll in Oak Bluffs tomorrow, August 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. All along Dukes County avenue, galleries will open their doors to visitors and offer a look at new work while providing refreshments and entertainment. Each gallery will serve up its own welcome.
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Gallery in the Garden

Vineyard Gardens continues its tradition of merging the beauty of nature with artistic merit. Each Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. the nursery hosts a Gallery in the Gardens event, featuring a new artist each week.

Tonight, August 2, Valentine Estabrook shares the spotlight with the foliage. There will be champagne, too.

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Josh Yates Goes Off-Season

Artist Josh Yates has spent decades painting on Martha’s Vineyard and he brings fresh offerings with his exhibit titled Off Season Work. A reception to kick off the exhibit is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at Gallery 13b, Beach Road Extension at 5 Corners in Vineyard Haven. His seascapes and landscapes are created in oil, charcoal, pastel and watercolor.

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Faces of Justice Reflect Their Struggles
Olivia Hull

If you stand in the A Gallery this week, you may notice that you are being watched. Eyes seem to pierce through the glass frames of 30 black and white photographs on the charcoal-colored walls of the newly-opened gallery on Uncas avenue in Oak Bluffs. The eyes follow you as you walk around the room. It’s a signature of the photography of Mariana Cook’s, whose show Justice opens this weekend.

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Going Au Naturel for His Art
Heidi Sistare

Artist Tom Smith is almost breathless when he talks about his work.

“I love the line between what is formal, designed, almost constricted — and what is natural and rank,” he said. “I love the border between the cultivated and the wild.”

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Gallery Celebrates the Calm of Watercolor

Gay Head Gallery is currently featuring watercolor landscapes by local artist John Nickerson Athearn. Mr. Athearn is a self-taught artist who inherited much of his inspiration from his grandfather, George Brehm, a painter and illustrator who worked with Norman Rockwell.

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Walking With Art in O.B.

It’s art appreciation night in Oak Bluffs with the Art District Stroll on Saturday, July 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. Seven participating galleries and artistic-leaning shops along Dukes County avenue and nearby will open their doors and invite everyone in to look at and discuss art. Nibbles and wine, naturally, too.

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Kentucky Derby Talk

Mint julep anyone? Louisa Gould is bringing the Kentucky Derby to Vineyard Haven as she shares a look at the jockeys, trainers, owners and horses through her photographer’s lens.

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