2015 Pebble Shows

2015 Pebble Shows

May 7 - May 10: 
Chris Dreyer Retrospective
Island artist Chris Dreyer will be having a retrospective show May 7th through the 10th 
with an opening reception Saturday May 9th from 4pm to 7pm at the Pebble Gallery.

Chris retired form a career as a research psychologist and administrator in 1989 and immersed herself in the art community on the Vineyard. She has been one of the founders of the Martha’s Vineyard Center for the Visual Arts, headed the Chilmark Cultural Council then served on the board of the local Massachusetts Cultural Council. Chris and her husband Abby retired to their summer home on Martha’s Vineyard and started their new lives pursuing their artistic passions. Chris has worked in many craft disciplines----basketry, embroidery and modern quilting which led her into fabric and paper collage. She is best known for her paper collage that depicts both real and surreal images that are infused with a sense of mystery and humor. She incorporates old family photos and images from magazines along with found objects. She also creates three-dimensional boxes using this technique. A timeless array of Chris’s work will be on display with some for sale.

May 31 - June 7: 
Brendan Coogan Ceramic & Sculpture Students
Show and Sale
August 7 - 9: 
Jim Littles Retrospective
Opening Reception Saturday from 4:00-6:00PM
Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 4:00 - 6:00PM
Jim Littles was a multifaceted artist: painter, basket weaver, gourd and jewelry designer: a poet, storyteller, cook and golfer. Whatever the role, Jim approached it with compassion, commitment and love. He brought joy to others through sharing his art, his home and especially himself.

August 15 - 17: 
Bob Gore: Worship & Haiti Photography

Robert Gore, Jr. 

Bob Gore has been an active photographer for many years. His images have appeared in exhibits, magazines, newspapers and books, including the recently published Reflections in Black, the anthology of leading African American photographers.  For more than two decades, his passion has been documenting worship activities throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.  His work has received support from The National Endowment for the Arts, New York Council for the Arts, Time Warner, Inc. and the Ford Foundation.  

In addition to photography, Gore’s professional and personal interests encompass several fields, including broadcasting and civic involvement.  He is President of Bob Gore Productions (BGP), a twenty-five-year-old company specializing in television program sales, production and marketing.  As part of its mission, the company also presents, over channel 73 in New York City, 20 hours of programming weekly from Jamaica and Trinidad under the title of the “Caribbean International Network.” 

Prior to forming BGP, Mr. Gore had an extensive career in television, holding management positions with Group W Television (now CBS) in New York and WGBH-TV/FM, Boston. Additionally, he served as station manager of WNYC-TV, New York, where he instituted the first daily offering of primetime Black programming on American broadcast television. 

Bob is a longtime member of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, one of the best-known houses of worship in America. Over his thirty years of membership he has participated in many church activities, including serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees for fifteen years.  He is the church’s official photographer.  

Gore’s civic involvement also has been extensive over the years. In 1984 he was New York State Campaign Manager for the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign. During the peak of the Chicago Freedom Movement he served as Treasurer of Chicago C.O.R.E.; a field staff volunteer with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headed by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; and a Field Manager for Volunteers in Service To America (VISTA).

Robert Gore is the author of We’ve Come This Far, a photo journal of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, published in 2001, and Good News From Haiti: The Work of Bethlehem Ministry, published in 2009.

His work has been exhibited in several cities. The travel exhibit "We Come This Far," toured US cities between 2002 and 2004. Sacreds, a collection of African American and Caribbean images opened at The Interchurch Center in January of 2015 
and will be shown travel to other locations including Martha's Vineyard and Kingston, Jamaica.

August 23 - 30: 
As I See it... Paintings by Joanne Bergen 
Opening Reception Sunday, August 23 from 4:00 - 6:00PM
Open Daily 12:00 - 4:00PM through August 30

Originally trained as a textile designer at Rhode Island School of Design, I use patterning and texture extensively in my painting.  The colors and forms are expressionistic and I pay attention to the light and the clear, bright hues that sunshine brings out. 

My work is representational of moments of intimate viewing and shapes the way we see and experience everyday life - generally images of gardens, houses, or interior rooms.  I believe artwork should be entertaining, even amusing, and often present scenes to heighten than effect.
Much of my inspiration comes from traditional scenes and landscapes in the small town of Berlin, MA where I grew up and have lived and worked for the past 30 years.  The island landscape of Martha’s Vineyard is my other source of joy as I first spent time there in my youth at the girls’ sailing camp.  I have returned every season since then, and am fortunate to spend half of my year in a gingerbread cottage in Oak Bluffs.
The work displayed is in two formats: works on paper are mixed media, primarily wax crayon with added layers of watercolor, oil pastel, ink, and acrylic showing my strong textile background. My most recent work has focused primarily on painting in oils on wood panels. developing landscapes and compositions that are more painterly.

September 24 & 25: 
The Art of Fly Tying 
with Guest Curator: Ruth Meyer

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24 from 4:00-5:30PM
Demonstrations: Thursday, September 24 from 5:30-7:30PM & 
                  Friday September 25 from 4:30-7:30PM