Celebrating Art of Loving What You Do at Creative Living Ceremony
Alison L. Mead
The Grange Hall was standing room only on Wednesday evening as the Island community and members of the Permanent Endowment Fund of Martha’s Vineyard celebrated the mother daughter duo of Francine Kelly and Ann Smith.
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Mother-Daughter Leaders at Featherstone Honored With Creative Living Award

The award will go to Francine Kelly and Ann Smith in recognition of their work to promote the arts on the Vineyard. Ms. Kelly is former executive director at Featherstone; her daughter succeeded her.

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Warm Reception for Steve Ewing, Creative Living Award Recipient
Ivy Ashe

The sound of bagpipes greeted guests as they arrived at the Grange Hall Thursday evening for the presentation of the 32nd Creative Living Award. Only the strains of Scotland the Brave, as played by Tony Peak, would do.

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Living With Heart Makes Dock Building Poet a Keeper
Ivy Ashe
When Steve Ewing learned he would be given the 32nd Creative Living Award, presented each year by the Permanent Endowment Fund, he wasn’t initially sure why he had been chosen. But his contribution is a little bit of everything, from a work ethic forged by an ordinary life to a gift for poetry.
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Steve Ewing to Receive Creative Living Award
Poet, conservationist, dock builder. Steve Ewing will be honored for his many talents with the 2014 Creative Living Award. The prestigious award is presented each year by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.
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Nominations Open for Creative Living Award
Nominations for the 2014 Creative Living Award are open. The award recognizes members of the Vineyard community who have contributed significantly to the quality of life on the Vineyard.
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Rez Williams Honored With Creative Living Award
Sara Brown

With Rez Williams’s paintings hanging on the walls of the Grange Hall Monday, artist Ruth Kirchmeier recalled one of his art exhibits at the former Nye Gallery. His signature boat paintings were placed on dark walls and lit from above, she said. “One felt surrounded by looming giants of every color and description, with skies that were more vivid than and unlike any sky a mere mortal might experience. Fighting with the sky for attention was the equally mesmerizing water. It was glorious.”

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Rez Williams Named Creative Living Honoree

Rez Williams, the renowned Vineyard artist and conservationist, will receive this year’s Creative Living Award, the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard announced this week.

“He has painted landscapes and portraits, but is best known for his paintings of hulking fishing trawlers using a vibrant palette and sure, determined brushstrokes,” the fund said in a press release about the award.

Mr. Williams will be honored in a ceremony on Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The public is invited to attend.

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Longtime Teacher Paul Brissette Receives Creative Living Award
Katie Ruppel
Paul Brissette stood in front of the Grange Hall Thursday evening to receive the Permanent Endowment Fund’s 2012 Creative Living Award and pulled from his pocket a small white carton. On it were written the words The Box. “The Box contains all the knowledge and experience human beings have accumulated thus far,” Mr. Brissette told the gathering of friends, family members, colleagues and community members.
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Creative Living Award Handed to Beloved Doctor, Poet
Max Hart


When Dr. Russell S. Hoxsie receives the 2006 Creative Living Award tonight at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, a relationship that began decades earlier will finally come full circle.

As it turns out, Dr. Hoxsie knew Ruth Redding, the woman who established the award 23 years ago.

"She was a patient of mine," he said with a laugh. "She was an interesting lady, and that kind of makes the connection for me to have known that person. But Gus Ben David, David McCullough and the other recipients - I'm in good company, very good company."

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