Drawing, Like Life, Takes Many Forms
Katie Ruppel

Dana Nunes perched naked on a pedestal of pillows and blankets inside a studio at Featherstone Center for the Arts.

“I get a kick out of the flea market go-ers who look through the window and back up . . . and then look again,” she said.

Ms. Nunes was the model for the Tom Maley Life Drawing class which last Tuesday morning was experiencing another full house, as the flea market was in bloom right outside the doors.

Class facilitator Anne Gallagher asked everyone to make room for old and new faces alike.

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Sometimes Art Soars, Other Times it Strolls
Tara Keegan

Those attending the Arts Stroll in Oak Bluffs tomorrow, July 14, can expect paintings, sculptures and prints, naturally. But be prepared for capes and crowns, too.

Lucinda Sheldon of Lucinda’s Enamels, located at 11 Vineyard avenue, has dedicated a whole corner of her studio to decorative fabric capes and complementary felt crowns.

“I’m an artist,” she said, looking at her collection of fantasy costumes for kids, “But I’m also a grandmother.”

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Broad Stroke of Artists Ready For Edgartown Gallery Stroll
Olivia Hull

Traeger di Pietro first started painting for love. He was 15; she was artsy and he was a jock, a baseball player. He knew her ex-boyfriend had painted her things and he wanted to impress her too. His first paintings were small still lifes of flowers and roses.

“I never stopped, I just kept going and going,” he said. Now he’s a full-fledged member of the Island arts scene, and has received acclaim from art collectors and artists alike.

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Artists in Conversation

Ray Ellis has been painting for over 70 years, much of it on the Vineyard. This year one of his paintings was auctioned off for $120,000 at the Taste of the Vineyard fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. Two years ago at the same event, a painting by Mr. Ellis went for $250,000. Last year, his tie was bought for $150,000. To hear him talk will only cost $75.

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Arts Crawl

Arts Crawl

The Arts District on Dukes County avenue in Oak Bluffs invites everyone to crawl with them evert Thursday evenings in July. All the galleries will stay open late for lingering over art with the artists, gallery owners and friends.

First evening crawl is this Thursday, July 5.

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Gay Head Gallery Opens

The Gay Head Gallery, a fine art and photography gallery on State Road, located in the center of Aquinnah, is now open for the summer. This is the second season for the gallery which seeks to promote issues of conservation and sustainability. Several shows are planned for this summer that will integrate art with environmental concerns and issues. Shows also benefit featured non-profits.

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Copley Society Artists

The Virginia Weston Besse Gallery at Featherstone Center for the Arts is hosting an exhibit called the Martha’s Vineyard Artists of The Copley Society. The exhbit runs from July 1 through July 18, with an opening reception held on Sunday, July 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Participating artists are Leslie Baker, Laurene Krasny Brown, Stephanie Danforth, Mary French, Nancy Furino, Anne Grandin, Barbara Leiner, Meg Mercier, Jessica Pisano, Rosalie Shane, Jeanne Staples, Max Stern and Ovic Ward.

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All About Eclecticism

All About Eclecticism

Domingo Pagan, artist and photographer, opens his studio to the public in a show called Eclecticism: The Image Is The Message on June 30 from 2 to 6 p.m.

His traditional and digital media, a truly eclectic collection of work, include vibrant photographic landscapes and sensitive female portraits. His oil paintings are detailed reproductions of well-known impressionist works, and his watercolors are mysterious portraits, including some that employ a technique similar to inverted spectrum.

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P.A. Club Artisan Fairs

P.A. Club Artisan Fairs

The P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs is holding a series of Vineyard Creations Fairs, the first one taking place on Sunday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fairs serve as fundraisers for the club’s many outreach activities, including their benevolent work and student scholarships. This year they gave away $26,000 to high school seniors.

The benevolent work involves helping members who become sick or to assist with burial costs or general ongoing needs.

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Student Art Exhibit

Student Art Exhibit

The Martha’s Vineyard Art Association and Old Sculpin Gallery student scholarship show is Sunday, June 17, at 5 p.m. at the gallery on Dock street in Edgartown.

The student winners are Noelle Nelson, Courtney Mussell and alternate Christine Janak. Noelle Nelson works with graphic drawings with a focus on visual texture and pattern. Courtney Mussell’s work reflects a love of nature and an interest in balance and unity. Christine Janak explores the balance between text and image in her figurative work.

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