Age of Imagination Knows No Boundaries
Ivy Ashe
The renowned Vineyard painter Allen Whiting set up his easel Saturday at Featherstone Center for the Arts alongside 12 youngters, aged three to 10.
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Art of Chocolate Is Delicious Treat
Whatever your favorite — milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or semi-sweet — the Art of Chocolate Festival will have a treat for you. The 10th annual Art of Chocolate Festival kicks off with a preview party outside under the tent at Featherstone on Friday evening, Oct. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
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Artists Open Their Doors For Tour

Take to the road on Saturday, Sept. 28, as Featherstone presents its third annual art studio tour event. Sixteen artists open their studios to visitors and showcase their artwork.

Island artists include Jeri Dantzig of Vineyard Haven, Deirdre DeCarion of Edgartown, Ruth Kirchmeier of West Tisbury and Joan LeLacheur of Aquinnah. Visit to get a complete list of those participating.

For tickets, which are $30, call 508-693-1850.

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Richard Lee Exhibit Opens at Featherstone
Last year, on June 22, the artist Richard Lee died at the age of 79. Mr. Lee was beloved as an artist and as a friend. On Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. there will be a retrospective of his work held at Featherstone Center for the Arts. The exhibit is guest curated by Claudia Cannerdy and Hudson Lee.

Richard Lee was born in 1933 on a farm in Pullman, Wash. He moved east for college and first entered the world of the arts through dance.

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Mining Poetry for Humor and Meaning
Olivia Hull

What if a deceased dog could talk? What if hippos went on holiday?

Those are some of the questions asked and answered by the former U.S. poet laureate and Island favorite Billy Collins in a reading of new and selected poems at Featherstone Center for the Arts last Friday evening. Among other disparate themes, he explored parenting, animal-human relationships, endearing soap bars and the experience of a traveler who arrives in a foreign place and is immediately told he has arrived too late in the year to witness the peak of the natural beauty.

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Potters Bowl Is Filling

The Potters Bowl might become your supper bowl at Featherstone Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 25. The special event marks the opening of The Art of Ceramics Show, which runs through September 11.

For $30 attendees can purchase a ceramic bowl made by Vineyard artisans and fill it with soup. Rolls and dessert will be served with the soup. Call 508-693-1850 for advance reservations or visit for more information.

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Different Kind of Erosion

To say that Featherstone Center for the Arts is a very special place is not enough to describe what it means to so many people.

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Thirteen Years, Nine Artists, One Art Center; Featherstone Creates Community
Nicholas Bradley
For 13 years, nine artists have been meeting to discuss their work and offer constructive criticism. They share a passion for art and the desire to grow as artists. And they’ve continued to grow closer over the years.
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Partnership Will Relocate Conference to Featherstone
Ivy Ashe

After concerns arose last week about noise and crowding, a leadership development conference planned for early June in Oak Bluffs will change venues. “To accommodate a much larger-than-expected group, we will relocate the conference to the Featherstone Center for the Arts,” Sean Findlen

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Generational Shift at Arts Center: Featherstone Names New Director
Lauren Martin

Featherstone Center for the Arts, the nonprofit arts campus on a hilltop in Oak Bluffs, has a new executive director, after its board appointed Ann Smith to replace Francine Kelly at its annual general meeting last Wednesday.

Ms. Kelly, who has vastly expanded Featherstone’s programs and fundraising since arriving in 2003, asked the 18-member board in August for retirement effective Labor Day. She will stay on as a consultant to plan events to promote the center’s 15th anniversary next year.

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