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Photographers Salon

Please join us Tuesday nights at 7:00PM 
in The Pebble at Featherstone Center for the Arts for 
Featherstone's Photographers Salon 
Hosted by Michael Johnson 

Open to all!

"Photographic artists of note" present their work and give talks on their style, inspiration, and technical aspects of their work. They will display examples of their work to give clarity to their talks; in addition, amateur and other photographic artists will be invited to give "mini presentations" that will be critiqued and discussed by the presenting artist and their peers. This will make it interactive and directly involve the Vineyard’s artistic community.
The evening will be free of charge but contributing to the donation pot by the door is encouraged to support Featherstone Center for the Arts. This will also be a great promotional venue for the presenting artists to "plug" their current work and bring and sell examples of calendars, books, pass out cards and otherwise network with the art buying public,
We hope for each salon to have a diverse range in the styles and techniques and in the artists themselves. It will also give the artists of the Vineyard (year round and summer) a chance to meet and greet and network.  Many have only heard of each other, or have only met in passing. This will create a space for the strengthening of the ties of the Vineyard photographic community.
Each week folks come and some bring artistic projects in progress or finished pieces and we share light refreshments, discussion, networking and the camaraderie  of people of an artistic bent.

It is our hope that these salons will result in artistic presentations, multi-level involvement of the local community, diversity, and strengthening of the artistic community.

2017 Photographers Salon Dates:

July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15

Time: 7:00pm
Fee: Free!
Location: The Pebble

2016 Photographers Salon Dates:

July 12, 19, 26   
August 2, 9, 16

July 12: David Welch 
"David Welch is a fine art and commercial photographer based on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. His fine art explores contemporary and classic subjects, using large-format photography. His work has been widely published and exhibited, both nationally and abroad. David was named one of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward winners for 2012 and in 2011 he was selected as one of Photolucida’s Critical Mass top 50 photographers. David is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned his MFA in photography. He lives in Katama with his wife Trina and children Camden & Declan."

July 19: Stephen DiRado
Stephen DiRado (born 1957) is a Massachusetts based American photographer and filmmaker who primarily and relentlessly documents his family, friends and every day acquaintances. His work is in public and private collections worldwide, including the MFA, Boston, MFA Houston, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX, and Berlin Natural History Museum, Germany. DiRado’s photographs can be found in publications beyond the US in such diverse places as Australia, Russia, Germany and Great Britain. DiRado has received six highly prized fellowships that include a New England Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment for the Arts, two Massachusetts Cultural Commissions, two from the Massachusetts Artist Foundation, and most recently a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim. He is also a Professor of Practice in Photography in the Studio Arts Program, Visual and Performing Arts Department, Clark University, Worcester, MA,    


July 26: Maria Thibodeau 
Maria Thibodeau is a second-generation photographer, born and raised on Martha's Vineyard, where she recently returned to after spending 25 years away. She believes photos are the frozen instant which we can crack open to reveal secret rooms where the dead step inside and walk through space, where the stories we tell ourselves are reinforced through every revisit of the photo album. Her work can be seen most recently in the Vineyard Gazette and on her websites www.mariawritingwithlight.com and www.vineyardphotographer.com. Her favorite subjects are families and children captured in natural interaction, though living in New Mexico inspired her to start trying landscape photography, an interest it was impossible not to continue after moving back to Martha's Vineyard. In 2015 she started the MV Photo Club to bring the photography community on the Island together. She is a high school English teacher in her spare time and lives in Edgartown with her wife Janet and their daughter Orion Grace.

August 2: Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson was born in Harlem, New York City and heard his calling to the fine arts at an early age. As a youth he spent many hours in the public libraries and museums studying the works of the great masters of art motivated by his love of their work. Among his favorites were the painters of the Renaissance, while he also spent abundant amounts of time studying the Flemish masters and Art Nouveau. But his odyssey as a visual artist didn’t begin until his late twenties when he decided on a whim to enroll in a community college video production class. It was while attending this class that his earlier studies came to the fore, and he realized that he had some “natural” talent for composition and camera work. He prevailed on his father to lend him three hundred and fifty dollars to buy his first camera. Shortly afterward he moved to Martha’s Vineyard Island where he taught himself the art of photography. He has traveled and photographed many American states, the Caribbean, Europe, Cuba and, Thailand. Michael has has been a full time artist since 2001. He now lives 5 months of the year on Martha’s Vineyard and runs his own gallery. He endeavors to keep the traditional techniques of hand crafted black and white photography alive with his work while embracing the new digital techniques. Michael says of his creative process: 

“My job is infinitely simple, but infinitely rewarding.” 
- michael johnson

August 9: Peter Dreyer

August 16: Open Salon