Featherstone is pleased to collaborate with the MV Film Society in managing the Feldman Family Artspace at the MV Film Center in Vineyard Haven. A juried selection, Featherstone reviews submissions and selects artists to display work at the Film Center, subsequently working each artist to coordinate their shows. Further information on the Feldman Family Artspace: MV Film Center Details regarding submissions can be found at the bottom of this page.
Jennifer Smith Turner
July 29 - August 25
Read about Jennifer's show in a review by Abby Remer of the MV Times here.
My husband, Eric, and I travel extensively in search of new and interesting adventures. Each year we pick a different part of the world to explore. This year we journeyed to Africa, a place we’ve visited in the past but we’ve never travelled as extensively throughout the continent as this trip took us. We began our journey in Nairobi, Kenya for a safari in the Masai Mara. From there we traveled around the continent of Africa traversing down the east coast to South Africa and then up the west coast with our last destination in Morocco. Once the cruise ship left the waters around Africa, we sailed into Europe, stopped at Seville, Spain and made our final stop in Lisbon, Portugal before flying back to the United States. It was a six week journey. People almost always ask, what my favorite part of the trip was. That question is difficult to answer because we had amazing adventures everywhere we went. But as I started to gather photos for this exhibit it occurred to me that most of the photographs I chose as my favorites came from the Safari experience. It was magical being in the wilderness of the Masai Mara, so close to beautiful, wild animals. The most amazing part of that experience was not feeling afraid. These photographs capture much of what we saw on safari in the Masai Mara. I was particularly struck by the young Maasai girl who when I asked her if I could take her photograph she became very shy and covered her face with the colorful cloth you see in the photograph. But just beneath that cloth was a huge smile and I believe her smile sparkles in her eyes. The lion in three poses is intriguing. He had no concern about our watching him as he languished in the midday sun. It was as though his movements said — “mmm tasty, now for some , rub my belly — I dare you.” Please enjoy a glimpse into Africa through the lens of my eye.
An avid traveler, Jennifer utilizes photography to capture the sights, cultures, and beauty she finds all over the world as well as the beauty close to home. Her photographs have been displayed at the Featherstone Francine Kelly Art Barn for several gallery exhibitions. Jennifer is the author of two poetry books, Lost and Found, Rhyming Verse Honoring African American Heroes published in 2006 and Perennial Secrets, Poetry & Prose published in 2003 and nominated for the 2004 Connecticut Book Awards. She recently finished her third poetry collection and a debut novel for which she is pursuing publication. She has held poetry readings at art galleries, libraries and senior centers across Martha’s Vineyard in addition to participating in poetry workshops at the Edgartown School, Martha’s Vineyard High School, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, and on MVTV. Jennifer graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, with a BA in English. She received her Masters Degree in Communications from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. After successful careers in corporate, government, and non-profit sectors, she retired in 2012 and moved full time to Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, Eric Vernon Turner.
2019 Feldman Family Artspace Artists:
January 7 - January 27: Lanny McDowell January 27 – February 23: Warren Gaines February 25 – March 24: Debra Gaines March 25 – April 28: Kathy Poehler April 29 - May 22: Nolan Bowie May 23 - June 24: The Art of Conservation: Vineyard Conservation Society's High School Art Contest Awards Ceremony Saturday, May 25 at 3:30PM June 24 - July 28: The Gretchen V. Feldman Collection July 29 – August 25: Jennifer Smith Turner August 26 – September 29: Jane Davenport September 30 - October 27: Paul Doherty October 28 - November 24: Sarah Moore November 25 - December 29: Anna-Maria Stromberg
Featherstone Center for the Arts reviews the artwork of dozens of Island artists to show at The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Every effort is made to achieve a balance of different media.
There are 12 show slots, plus the annual VCS/MVRHS student art contest and the Gretchen Feldman permanent collection. Selections were based on technical, graphic and aesthetic criteria, as well as a balance of media and styles suitable for The Film Center Art space.
Call for Artists! Click on form below to download application and instructions to apply for the Feldman Art Space in 2020.
The form can be then sent to: Featherstone Center for the Arts P.O. Box 1145 Oak Bluffs, MA 02557