Old Sculpin Exhibit Takes Stock of Tall Artist on the Waterfront
Phyllis Meras

Strollers along Edgartown’s Dock street who would like to pause for awhile and watch the Chappy ferry come and go, can now sit on a brand new bench outside the Old Sculpin Gallery. It was dedicated last Sunday to Fred and Jane Messersmith of DeLand, Fla. and Edgartown for their decades of service to the gallery. And it was dedicated on the opening day of Mr. Messersmith’s retrospective show of watercolors of Edgartown streets and Island shores.

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Jabberwocky Art Show Back by Demand
Julia Rappaport

Fifty-five summers ago, a small summer camp began in the northern woods of Vineyard Haven not far from Lake Tashmoo. Only two people staffed it then and a small number of children attended, but that first summer paved a path for many more summers to come.

The path led somewhere that is far from traditional, is never ordinary, but that shines brightly nonetheless. That path led to Jabberwocky.

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Artists Weave Together Jewelry for Home
Julia Rappaport

One is a wampum jewelry designer. The other is a fiber artist. They share many things — friends, a love of Martha’s Vineyard, a penchant for creating — and this week, they will add one more to the list.

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Works in Bronze by Don Wilks Capture Fluid Figures in Motion
Lauren Martin

Around the Farm Neck links, Don Wilks likes when fellow golfers find out he’s an artist. “They always say, ‘You’re not the kind of guy I expect . . .’ ” This may be, Mr. Wilks points out, because he is neatly turned out and he does not have long hair.

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A Change of Art: Painters Show Abstract Works at Louisa Gould

The Louisa Gould Gallery is holding its first abstract art show of Vineyard artists, featuring Marjorie Mason, Ed Cohen, Jules Worthington, Roberta Gross, Margo Ouellette and Ovid Ward. Now hanging, the show runs until Sept. 12.

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Vineyard Artists Share Friendship and Weekend Exhibit

Color photographer Paulette Wexler and Impressionist painter Bettie Eubanks met in an exercise class on Martha’s Vineyard several years ago and quickly discovered they shared a passion for color, texture, reflected light and beauty.

They will present their work at the Weekend Garden Gallery at 106 County Road, Oak Bluffs (one mile from the hospital) receptions today and Saturday, August 23, from 3 to 6 p.m.

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Dorothy Burnham Collages are at Featherstone

Featherstone Center for the Arts announces the opening of a retrospective of the work of Dorothy Burnham, an artist who flourished both in New York and on the Vineyard.

Ms. Burnham began her artistic career in oil and acrylic with some watercolor. In the 1980s she became intrigued with collage and continues to work in that medium today. This retrospective of her work is primarily examples of her collage efforts and includes work inspired by her travels to Mali, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Kenya and Nigeria.

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Four Artists in Carol Craven Exhibit Opening Sunday

The Carol Craven Gallery presents an exhibition of recent watercolors by Vineyard artist Gretchen Feldman. This is Mrs. Feldman’s fifth show with the gallery, and her vibrant watercolors continue to grow in their complexity. There also will be a poster of one of her paintings for sale with all proceeds going to benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York city.

The opening reception is this Sunday, August 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery on Breakdown Lane in Vineyard Haven. The public is welcome.

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Field Gallery Show Benefits Cancer Support

The Field Gallery will host a Cancer Support Group benefit exhibition, with a free public reception on Sunday, August 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.

This is the seventh year that the gallery has hosted a benefit to aid local causes. A portion of the proceeds from sales of original art work will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, a nonprofit that helps Islanders living with cancer.

Artists represented include Ben Johnson, Janet Woodcock, Jhenn Watts and Marlee Brewster Brockman. Artwork also can be viewed and purchased online atfieldgallery.com.

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Pink House Painter Gets Retrospective Exhibition

A Lifetime of Art, a retrospective exhibit celebrating more than 50 years of impressionistic art from the estate of the late regional artist Jean Van Vliet Spencer.

The show — open Saturday, August 23, at the Trinity United Methodist Parish Hall in Oak Bluffs from 4 to 7 p.m. — will feature paintings ranging from the artist’s early works of Mexico, Provincetown and Europe, through her most memorable works completed during the time she spent at Martha’s Vineyard and New York city.

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