Exploring Art of the Third Dimension

It’s a 3-D world, and Vineyard artists are hip to that.

At artist Jeanne Staples’s upcoming exhibition at the Granary Gallery you will see Crick Hill at Menemsha, just as lovely as you know her work to be, but in addition to landscapes of Martha’s Vineyard, Staples may surprise you with some installation pieces, including a thrilling third dimension.

Look out for Eat Beets for Health and The Vodou King, a life-size double portrait of Haitian artist Wilfred Dantis. In these pieces, Ms. Staples explores her more modernist interests.

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New West Tisbury Gallery Opens

Each week of late there has been a gallery stroll at one of the down-Island towns. Excellent. Plenty of opportunity for an artist date, as Julie Cameron calls it in her book The Artist’s Way. The idea being that if you take the time out of your busy lives to experience art your own creativity will blossom.

The art is for sale, too, so if truly inspired bring the work home with you.

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Born Again, Recycled Art Takes Seat at Table

The sight of an old barn, a beacon of red in the midst of a green and yellow field, not unlike that of a lighthouse, often brings up visions of the past, and a more idyllic time when cows owned the earth and people, well, just milked them.

Artist Richard Dunbrack sees furniture.

Using recycled materials from old barns and antique oddities that have fallen from grace (he does not pillage), Mr. Dunbrack fashions whimsical yet functional furniture. Art you can take a nap in, if you will.

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Kevin Box Makes Debut at Dragonfly

Santa Fe sculptor Kevin Box and his wife and business partner, Jennifer Cady Box, will be on hand to greet visitors at the Dragonfly Fine Arts Gallery during the Oak Bluffs Arts District Stroll on Saturday, July 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Mr. Box celebrates the delicate nature of paper through sculptures that are first created in paper and ultimately cast in museum-quality bronze, stainless steel, or aluminum.

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Painting With a Pro

Painting With a Pro

It’s a painting party! Artists all are welcome to join esteemed acrylics painter Debra Bretton Robinson as she paints en plein air (outdoors, from life) on North Water street in Edgartown across from the lighthouse next week, July 11 to 15, 9 a.m. to noon.

It’s BYOP (bring your own box of paints) but this can be a spectator sport too —the public is invited to join her by painting with her or by simply viewing the process as she paints.

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Ovid Osborn Ward Painting Highlights National Exhibit

A recent painting by Ovid Osborn Ward entitled Windswept has been accepted in the National Exhibit, hosted by the Cape Cod Art Association located at 3480 Route 6A in Barnstable, Mass. The show is a juried exhibit of works in various mediums created by artists from across the United States. It runs from July 14 through August 15. The opening reception is July 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Old Sculpin Art Gallery Baits Hook with Fish Print

To make a gyotaku fish print an artist also needs to be a man of the sea. Not old mind you, but definitely experienced in the both the art of surfcasting as well as the brush. Steve London is such a man.

First Mr. London catches the fish. Then he inks the fish and presses it into mulbery fiber paper called unryu, keeping alive the art form he learned from a Japanese master. The results of this craftmanship will be on display from July 2 through 8 at the Old Sculpin Gallery located on Dock street in Edgartown next to the Chappy ferry.

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Landscape Artistry

Landscape Artistry

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Shaw Cramer Artists Bring Island Home

It’s summertime and Martha’s Vineyard looks like one big landscape oil painting. Simply perfect and bursting with both subtle shades and vibrant colors. Shame the Island is too big to pop in the trunk of the car and take home to remember such perfection all winter long. We have tried, but no go, even with one of those clamshells on the roof-rack. Chappy keeps blowing off midway home and ending up in the tall weeds somewhere off 95.

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Kira shipway
Students Shine at Old Sculpin Reception

The Old Sculpin Gallery was full of lively energy and a crowd of people on Sunday. It was the show for the scholarship winners of the Martha’s Vineyard Arts Association.

This year’s winners are Isaac Hurwitz and Kira Shipway; the alternate is Tova Katzman.

Each of the three recent high school graduates presented an impressive array of work, stretching across mediums and subject matters.

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