What You See Can Be What You Wear in World of Tommy May

Tommy May likes to wear his art on his sleeve. Literally. And your sleeves too. In addition to using traditional canvases, Mr. May paints his designs on wearable clothing — pants, jackets, shirts, shoes, whatever he can find in a thrift store or what a potential customer brings to him for a one of a kind fashion statement.

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Winding Road of Creativity Never Ends

One thing becomes clear when talking with 85-year-old painter Marie-Louise Rouff about art and the world: she takes everything in. And what she sees will often find its way onto her canvas.

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Honoring Lois Mailou Jones, an Artist and a Trailblazer

When Lois Mailou Jones began painting in the 1920s, she did so in near anonymity, a sign of the endemic racism and sexism of the time. But 92 years after her first exhibition, Ms. Jones is now the focus of a new exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, running from June 12 to August 23 this summer. Nearly 17 years after she died, Ms. Jones is once again on display in the Vineyard.

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Art of the Question Is Perfect Outcome

Last weekend Craig Miner began spray painting the side of the 1930s house that resides at 6 Water street in Vineyard Haven. The derelict building, sagging and sad, is situated directly across the street from the Vineyard Haven Steamship Terminal. What Mr. Miner will eventually create is anyone’s guess, including his own.

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On Journey from Big Boats to Tiny Shells, Creative Fire Leads the Way

Frank Rapoza, the West Tisbury artist and boat builder, started producing wampum mosaics in 2012. The intricate pieces, made with shells, ebony from a shipwreck, and even a swordfish bill, depict Island scenery.

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Storybook Mural Pays Tribute to Lover of Libraries

In a tribute to Cathy Brannen, a new mural is being created in the children's room of the West Tisbury library. The mural is filled with many of Mrs. Brannen's favorite storybook characters and is a gift from her friends in London, where she lived for four years.

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Putting the Pieces Together

Whatever the Outcome is both an end result and a process. It’s the art of creation as much as the finished product. Craig Minor is listed as the chief instigator of this movement on the Island.

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Film Center Call for Artists

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center opens its lobby to display Island artists’ work again in 2015.

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Learning to Fly on Wings of His Vineyard Mentors

Islander and artist Tim Laursen has his workshop in a former ball bearing factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. His most recent piece, a kinetic sculpture that can be powered by solar or a hand crank to create the flying motion of a large metal bird, will have a permanent home on the Vineyard.

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Exhibit Honors the Hard Words of War

Cindy Kane has collected mementos and notes from foreign correspondents sent to cover embattled areas and covered old metal Viet Nam era war helmets with the artifacts. The exhibit premiered in 2008, but a show that just premiered at the Flatiron Building in New York city has given it new life.

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