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.
November 16 - December 13: Susan Johnson
“This is my first show in at least five years, although I did have a couple paintings in the MVCC group show last winter in Chilmark. I am perhaps best known for en plein air paintings, particularly a couple of up island farm paint projects, which I exhibited in several large installations at places like the Chilmark Community Center, The Pit Stop assorted libraries: Chilmark, West Tisbury, Vineyard Haven, MV Savings Banks, Harborview, and the Vineyard Artisan’s Festivals. This exhibit is something new! I have put aside the en plein air projects, for now, to return to more experimental studio painting. I am very excited to have this opportunity to Share these new series, which are still pure painting although I really now consider myself an interdisciplinary artist, by virtue of my scholarly work, plus a poetic video project that I initially began in collaboration with my brother, island photographer Tim Johnson and which became my MFA Visual Studies thesis at the Vermont College of Fine Art in 2019. This was my *second* MFA - the first one was in painting at Pratt Institute way back in 1989. My re/educational trajectory began with a 2012 MA in Art Education from Boston University. Their summer abroad in Florence Italy led me to a ‘traveling abroad’ M.Phil with IDSVA in 2017, which led me to VCFA where I could integrate my scholarly and studio work together. Currently, I am immersed once again in critical studies at Northeastern University in their new interdisciplinary Creative Practice Leadership program. Over the past year, my work with NEU has been a process of weaving together everything I have done in my creative and scholarly trajectory with a cultural studies and cultural intermediary perspective. These new paintings are the very first flowering! Who knows where all this will lead?! I am sharing works from three new series with slightly different styles as I play with ideas of space and time as spirit, haunting, memory in landscape and objects such as shells- intermixed with things like plastic. Implicit in my organizational logic with color, form, feeling is music - this summer I returned to playing string instruments, particularly my cello! My shell motifs and larger canvases are a return to my Pratt thesis style, which I don’t think I actually ever exhibited on the island! I also want to mention that I am from the island and have been based here for a while now. I am going to the new chair for the MV Cultural Council, so expect so interesting fun things to come from that direction! My relationship to the island has been an important component in everything from the very start of my art practice at the high school. I believe my profound feeling for and connection to the island landscape is as evident in these new works as it is in my en plein air projects. I use my deep island genealogy as a primary research methodology for cultural studies, along with my Swedish and Irish immigrant ancestry threads. My interest is buried trauma as the legacy of social events such as migration and post-colonial theory – hence my painterly engagement with the concept of ghosts, haunting, spirituality, time and space.“
2020 Feldman Family Artspace Artists:
February 10 – 23: Beth Smith February 24 – March 22: Tiffiney Shoquist March 23 – April 19: Annette Sandrock - postponed due to COVID-19 April 20 – May 17: Marianne Neill - postponed due to COVID-19 May 21 – June 21: Vineyard Conservation Society and Martha's Vineyard Regional High School - postponed due to COVID-19 June 22 – July 19: Frances McGuire - postponed due to COVID-19 July 20 – August 16: The Gretchen V. Feldman Collection August 17 – September 13: Martha Mae Jones September 14 – October 11: Steve Lohman October 13 – November 15: Paul Karasik November 16 – December 13: Susan Johnson
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