Following the Trail of Intuition Keeps Creative Freedom Fresh
Noah Asimow

On Tuesday, Island painter and Rhode Island School of Design student Jack Yuen set up an 18-by-24 inch canvas on the deck of Bad Martha’s Brewery in Edgartown.

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Granary Gallery Acquires Rare Benton Painting
Louisa Hufstader
The Granary Gallery in West Tisbury recently acquired the oil on canvas, Thomas Hart Benton’s 1926 train painting Going West.
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Let the Creative Rumpus Begin
Vivian Ewing
Painter Margot Datz's show Party Animals opens for its annual one-night reception on August 4 at the Grange Hall from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Back to Nature With Plein Air Paint Off

Plein air artists have been out painting for the past few weeks. And now the artists are ready to show the results of their work.

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Plein Air on a Summer Breeze
Take 10 artists and three Island locations, give them three weeks to work their magic, then shake twice, stir once, add a spritz of lemon and what do you have? A Plein-Air Summer Breeze.
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Perking Up the Courtyard With Art
Colette Lathan
Behind the Bookstore is an area of innovation. Coffee, pastries, wine and now painting, too. On Thursday evenings the Edgartown coffee shop is hosting an event dedicated to the fine art of creativity and cocktails.
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Edgartown Celebrates Plein Air Painting

Last year the North Water Gallery in Edgartown held a plein air event that included several of their artists taking to the streets of Edgartown during a weeklong period and producing works of art to be sold at the end of the week. Art lovers enjoyed the event so much that this year it has been expanded to include the Christina Gallery and Piknik Art and Apparel, both also located in Edgartown.

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Creating Art for Oneself Is Still Magical Gift of Love for Everyone
Sydney Bender

For her 60th birthday, Margot Datz gifted herself the ultimate luxury.

“I gave myself the time to paint 12 hearts,” Ms. Datz said of her new collection, The Illuminated Heart.

“It was a personal project 10 years in the yearning,” she said. “Not 10 years in the making, because I painted them this summer, 10 years in the yearning, because the ideas have been in my head for years.”

A dozen detailed hearts make up The Illuminated Heart, which will be on display for one night only at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on August 10.

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Nursing an Urge to Help Through Her Art

For Stephanie Yakely Danforth art is her second career.  She was a pediatric nurse practitioner for 20 years. In 2000, she traveled to Kenya and had an epiphany.

“My soul was touched forever by my experience there,” she said. “Since then, every dollar I make with my art goes directly to help provide education for children in need. My years in pediatrics and art blend together to make the purpose of my creating art even more profound to me. I love creating my art but my art allows me to help change lives.”

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Out of Studio, Into Outdoors, Artists Capture Trustees Properties on Canvas
Ivy Ashe

Chris Kennedy, Martha’s Vineyard superintendent for The Trustees of Reservations, has spent the past 25 years touring Trustees properties on the Island. He’s seen Wasque, Mytoi, Norton Point and Long Point in all seasons and all types of weather, watching the landscapes shift and transform over time.

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