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.
Current Exhibition: Kathy Poehler March 25 to April 28
Artwork from the Intertidal Zone: Seaweed Collage
I like to think of seaweed as a medium as well as beautiful specimens to be mounted on paper as they occur in nature. In my collages or “paintings”, I’ve merged an understanding of the limitations of my medium with the possibilities for self-expression, creating images of nature from natural materials. I have always been most comfortable in and around the water, and this medium allows me to spend time on the shoreline collecting and observing the seaweed's movement in its natural state before returning to the studio. The process of creating these images is as important to me as the finished work. I use the wet seaweed to create the image and as the seaweed dries, its own adhesive bonds it to the paper. I may have a vision for a given piece, but ultimately I listen to the seaweed, and the finished pieces reflect that balance. They range from abstract to more pictorial depending on the specifics of the seaweed I am working with at any given time. Seaweed is a seasonal medium and as such, specific species are only available when “in season” throughout the year. This means that my pieces are unique and limited to what I am able to create in any given season. Once a piece is gone, I may not be able to create a similar piece until the seaweed used is again available. Growing up on the island, I learned to mount seaweed from my father as we collected and classified (Algae) for teaching purposes. I acquired an understanding of individual seaweeds and their properties, and continued to pursue these interests in Aquatic Environments at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Later, while teaching at Harvard University, I had the opportunity to start showing my work to the public. Interest in my art continues to grow and has led to the inclusion of my work in private collections across the country and abroad. Since my return to the Vineyard, I’ve received awards for my collages, and am currently showing at The Old Sculpin Gallery and Featherstone Center for the Arts. Each of these works is a treasure from nature, and like all ‘living’ things they tend to mellow with age. To retard this process, Please keep this artwork away from direct light sources.
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 24 - June 24: Vineyard Conservation Society and Martha's Vineyard Regional High School June 24 - July 28: The Gretchen V. Feldman Collection July 29 – August 25: Jenifer 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