2018 Featherstone Special Events 



Pop Up Experiential Sound Series

Dates: August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

All evenings begin at 7 pm, please come and settle in early

We are surrounded by sound, we are sound and everything around us is vibrational and emits frequencies. The Experiential Sound Series offers you a different experience in listening versus watching and hearing. These are not performances, but experiences to participate in and deepen your listening and experiencing abilities. Programs range from a Soundwalk with Composer Dean Rosenthal, an evening of flutes from varied cultures and times noticing how they affect you differently, an evening of meditative piano to a Sound Bath with a variety of vibrational healing instruments. Learn how sound can become a tool in your life and change your relationship to listening.

These are not performances, but opportunities to immerse yourself, so bring mats or blankets and pillows to make your self comfortable on the floor, maybe something to cover your eyes. (*Except for the Soundwalk).

Aug. 2 - Dean Rosenthal

Composer Dean Rosenthal will lead a group on a soundwalk through the grounds of the Featherstone campus. Together, participants will discover unique listening posts along a path and hear the area in a new way, focusing on the particular and special sounds of the Featherstone campus. An introduction to the walk will be provided when the group meets.

Dean Rosenthal is an American composer of contemporary and experimental music, field recordings, digital pastiche, sound collage, and installations; performer, writer on music, and theorist; his instrumental music has been described as "thorny" and "modernist" (The New Yorker). His works are performed, broadcast, choreographed, and installed internationally, primarily in North America and Europe. His writings have been published in The Open Space Magazine, The Ear Reader, and other prominent contemporary publications. Most recently he has worked closely with Guggenheim Fellow David Parker's dance company The Bang Group, utilizing contemporary dance to express his instrumental music. Since 2012, he has made his home on Martha's Vineyard, where he composed his ongoing international performance piece Stones/Water/Time/Breath. In 2016 this piece was given a 10 city, 3 country performance as part of the international Make Music Day festival, inaugurating an annual event that celebrated its’ third year in 2018. Learn more at www.deanrosenthal.org.

 August 9 -- Jan Hulka, Ed Merck and Carole Vandal

Come experience three wind players Jan Julka on a selction of bamboo flutes and fujara, Ed Merck playing historic recorders called sweet flutes in Europe normally for playing Western classical music from the 12th thru mid-18th century and Carole Vandal playing Native American Flute. Feel where the distinctive sounds take you on their own, noticing what is different from instrument to instrument. Further journeying when the sounds play off one another.

Jan Hulka, originally from the Czech Republic, is passionate about being a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and other healing arts. His other passion is playing many varied styles of bamboo flutes from Kiowa Native, Shakuhachi, Arabian, Egyptian, from meditation flutes to penny whistles. The most unique sound comes from Fujara, his homeland’s traditional instrument. 

Ed Merck, author of “Sailing the Mystery,” and numerous articles for PBS’s “Next Avenue,” has been a full-time resident of the Vineyard since 2013. Prior to that he worked in Higher Education as a chief financial officer and software entrepreneur. Ed is a certified yoga teacher, Reiki Master, on-island meditation teacher, and performing musician.

Carole Vandal is a native Islander, member of the Wampanoag Tribe, Native American flute player/musician and poet who lives in Aquinnah.

August 16 --Tuning Fork Symphonic Stroll

Move through a world of vibrational sound from Biosonic tuning forks, stopping to listen, listening between points of sound and discovering what happens when you move closer to one frequency versus another. Valerie Sonnenthal and volunteers will be spread over an area of the Featherstone campus. Come and enjoy! 

August 23 -- David Stanwood 

David Stanwood will offer a meditative evening of Random Tones: Open Strings on piano.Feel what happens when you allow the meditative ministrations of David Stanwood calm your entire being.

David Stanwood lives in Lambert's Cove, West Tisbury and has been the Island’s own piano tuner since 1979. As a pianist he performs and records in his own improvisational and meditative piano style. He also enjoys collaborating in multi media presentations with musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists. Learn more at www.stanwoodpiano.com.

August 30 -- Valerie Sonnenthal 

Valerie Sonnenthal will offer a Restorative Sound Bath using a variety of vibrational healing instruments.

Valerie Sonnenthal had her first Sound Healing experience in San Miguel de Allende, came home, bought a monochord by Feeltone and has never looked back. She received a Sound Practitioner Certifaction from the NYC's Open Center's Sound Music Institute, and has studied with Biosonics tuning fork creator John Beaulieu,  monochord with Martina Glaser-Boehme of Feeltone, Sylvia Nakkach, and many other inspiring sound lovers. She offers Restorative Sound Baths for the public at Peaked Hill Studio, at Windemere Nursing and Rehab Center, and Camp Jabberwocky besides Sound events, ceremonies and individual treatment. Learn more at www.peakedhillstudio.com.

Please call Featherstone at 508-693-1850 to register.

Sunday, August 19 from 4 to 6 pm: 
The 9th Annual Potters Bowl

Saturday, August 25: 
Small Art BIG FUN!

CALL FOR ARTISTS! Anonymous Art show & sale on August 25th - a FUNdraiser for Featherstone. Stop by, call 508-693-1850 or email featherstone@featherstoneart.org to participate. Details👇:

Featherstone will provide 6x6 canvases to artists. 
You create your piece of work in any medium - painting, drawing, photography, mixed media - on the supplied canvas and sign on back (leaving the artwork "anonymous").
Return artwork to Featherstone by Friday, August 17th. 
All art will be sold for $100 at the Anonymous Art show and sale on August 25, 2018. From youth entries to professional artists, guests at the event will not know who created each piece until the end of the evening. 
The event is a fundraiser for Featherstone - $10 entry (free for participating artists) with all artwork being donated and art sale proceeds benefitting the art center.

The Anonymous Art show and sale will be a fun evening of small bites, drinks and artwork! small art. big fun.

Saturday & Sunday, October 6 - 7 from 12 to 4 pm: 
The 17th Annual Art of Chocolate Festival

Friday, November 16 from 6 to 8 pm: 
The 16th Annual Holiday Gift Show Preview Party

November 17 - December 16 from 12 to 4 pm each day 
(except Thanksgiving): 
The 16th Annual Holiday Gift Show


Summer Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, June 20 at 6 pm