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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Creative Living Award for Paul Brissette

Paul Brissette, the accomplished and longtime art teacher at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, will receive the prestigious Creative Living Award this year, the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard has announced.

A ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The public is invited to attend.

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M.J. Bruder Munafo to Receive Ruth Bogan Creative Living Award
Rachel Novac

Her schedule is never-ending. This summer she has managed to put together a full season of plays at the Vineyard Playhouse, direct two plays at the same time - Rounding Third and Romeo and Juliet - fill the Monday Night Special schedule with new works and famous names and still enjoy the beauty a Vineyard summer offers.

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Tell Me a Story - Susan Klein Captures Creative Living Award
Mike Seccombe

Twenty-five years ago, Susan Klein leapt into the void, counting on her muse to catch her. She was 30 years old, born and raised in Oak Bluffs, but she just knew "it was time to go."

"I had just bought the house, the mortgage was due," she recalled. "I'd quit my job, I had no health insurance, no retirement, no savings. I had $300 and I drove away. I had nine days' of work scheduled for the rest of my life."

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Ceremony Salutes Salt of the Earth Islanders
Julia Rappaport

On Tuesday afternoon as thunderstorms threatened, they came to the West Tisbury Grange Hall early and straggled in late: fishermen fresh off their boats, cooks from Chilmark and New York, politicians and lawyers in coats and ties, teenagers on skateboards. They came to honor Clarissa Allen and Mitchell Posin, recipients of the 25th annual Award for Creative Living from the Ruth J. Bogan and Ruth Redding fund. The Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard gives the award every year to acknowledge an Island resident who embodies the spirit of Vineyard living.

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