Read about the exhibit in the MV Times article DEFINING 'THE FALL' (click image below):
THE FALL curated by Tanya Augoustinos | October 9 - November 4 Open 11AM-4PM each day
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 9th, 4-6PM
THE FALL is a contemporary art exhibition featuring 20+ Martha’s Vineyard artists working in a variety of mediums, including a site-specific installation.
As the bustling summer party settles and we move towards balancing ourselves in sync with the deciduous trees dropping their leaves after nature’s pause on the equinox, it’s time to regroup, take a deep breath, slow down and align ourselves with the coming transformation of fall.
Our harvest palette includes dark grays and black to provide depth, definition and shading; white and light grays to highlight; with a splash of color to represent new beginnings. The selection of artworks encompasses the spirit of transformation and observation in our literal to emotional landscapes, from a walk in the woods to sober expressions of overcoming adversity, with a few detours into the unknown.
Artists include Irving Petlin, Leslie Baker, Kara Taylor, Paul Karasik, Marie-Louise Rouff, Marjorie Mason, Wendy Weldon, Bruce MacNelly, Heather Sommers, James Langlois, Carol B. Goldberg, Bettie Eubanks, Rez Williams, Mia Strömberg, Liz Taft, Billy Hoff, Whitney Cleary, Michael Johnson, Valerie Reese, Richard Lee, Jay Gardner, Nancy Shaw Cramer, Marston Clough, Marsha Winsryg and Frank Creney.
VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE ART OF WILLIAM BLAKESLEY: A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBIT
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THE ART OF WILLIAM BLAKESLEY: A RETROSPECTIVE curated by Barb Blakesley | September 11 - October 2
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 11, 4-6PM
William Blakesley (1921-2012) grew up in Columbus, Ohio, the oldest of eight children and with a penchant for art. During first grade, a teacher recognized his potential and encouraged him to pursue drawing. He did, and went on to draw and paint every day until his death in 2012.
After serving in World War II, William went on to teach art, including at Florida State University and Muskingum College. In 1954, William began to visit the Island. He and his wife first worked as house parents at the Youth Hostel in West Tisbury before building their home in 1958. Later, during a sabbatical from teaching, the Blakesleys taught art in the Island’s elementary schools. William opened a gallery on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs that he ran for many years, later relocating to Montgomery Square in the Campgrounds after he retired and moved to the Island full-time.
For nearly 60 years, William captured the fleeting moments of summer and the faces of both visitors and Vineyarders alike. This retrospective exhibition is presented in conjunction with a small exhibition The Art of William Blakesley at the Martha's Vineyard Museum from August 22 through November 3.
IMAGINE: CELEBRATING BLACK FEMALE CREATIVITY curated by Adrienne L. Childs, Ph.D. | August 7 - September 5
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 7, 4-6PM
Click here to visit the IMAGINE page to learn more about this 2022 exhibit.
A GALLERY POP UP curated by Tanya Augoustinos | July 2 - July 30
A Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard collaborates with Featherstone Center for the Arts for a Contemporary Art Group Exhibition in the Francine Kelly Gallery, featuring paintings, photography, mixed media, and ceramics by sixteen artists.
This eclectic exhibition includes established and emerging artists, with selected works from the estates of the late Irving Petlin (1934-2018) / pastels on handmade paper, and the late Richard Lee (1933-2012) / reverse glass paintings. Petlin, considered a master in the pastel medium, summered on the Vineyard for more than four decades while based in New York City and later in Paris, France. Lee settled on the island in the late 1970s, and collaborated with other artists to open studios and galleries. He is remembered for creating an engaging, original, and irreverent visual universe: one filled with reoccurring anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, cherubs and rose-headed babies, magicians and mystics, winged genitalia, and androgynous teacups.
Many of the artists have been on A Gallery’s roster for the past ten years, some are recent additions, and others are guest artists for this month-long exhibition.
Photographer, Libby Ellis exhibits her sublime botanicals in larger format from her monochrome series. She is featured this year in The Royal Horticultural Society’s International second annual RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show hosted in London’s Saatchi Gallery. Having navigated a rigorous preselection process, she joins artists represented from countries including the USA, Romania, South Korea, Japan, and the UK.
Painters include: Rez Williams, with oil on canvas works exploring numerous interests, from New Bedford fishing vessels to landscapes to Irish pastoral scenes spanning several decades. Billy Hoff’s latest series of figurative paintings manifests in small black and white oils on canvas and board. He describes his decision to ignore his customary colorful palette as simply “reducing variables”. Whitney Cleary exhibits her new moody cerebral landscapes inspired by the Vineyard. Cuban-born, island-based artist Alejandro Carreño’s acrylics on canvas illustrate his graphic design training, in handmade frames from recycled wood. Two guest painters for this exhibit are island-based artist, Mikey Rottman, with brightly colored, symbolic imagery on canvas, leaning toward pop art, and Francois Venter, a South African self-taught, intuitive painter, with monochromatic surrealist scenes from his subconscious.
Mixed media artists include Ruth Kirchmeier’s iconic limited-edition woodcuts on Japanese paper, Jennifer Joanou, with new large format prints on linen, with hand embroidery, and new collage landscape paintings exploring layers and texture. Carol Brown Goldberg is included with paintings and ink on paper drawings from her popular Entanglement Series. Leslie Baker, known for her color work exhibits a new collage series in smaller format. Conceptual artist, Richard Erickson shows a medley of minimalist and abstract expressionist paintings, and sculptural objects from his Leftover Paint series, and a selection of charcoal drawings on paper.
Abbey Kuhe has produced new s’graffito ceramic whales, bears and vase pieces in high contrasts illustrating her keen eye for balancing elements of design. Lastly, we introduce Damian De Villiers, an emerging new media artist from Cape Town, South Africa with a striking portrait triptych.
THE ART OF FLOWERS | May 8 - 30
With a Special Focus for This Year’s The Art of Flowers
Do you find yourself wandering in your yard talking to the hibernating flowers you know are there? You don't need to wait to welcome them into the world - Grab those paints or pastels, load up your camera equipment or get that pottery wheel spinning! and start creating those perfect blossoms you long for. This year the annual Art of Flowers show overlaps with the Vineyard’s first annual Climate Action Week (May 8 - 14). In support of the efforts and ideas being shared during climate week, our exhibit will have a special optional focus on native plants. The show is not limited to natives, but they will be spotlighted in the exhibit and this is offered for those curious or excited by this direction. Recognizing the beauty inherent in our native flora and turning our yards into a network of habitat connectors, is a powerful way individuals can support local biodiversity and climate resilience. What better way to recognize and celebrate the beauty of our native flora than by showcasing them in The Art of Flowers!
Quick VIRTUAL TOUR OF JOYFUL GEOMETRICS EXHIBIT:
JOYFUL GEOMETRICS | April 10 - May 1
After another winter of hibernation and mask mandates
IT’S TIME TO GET INTO SHAPE!
With Circles, squares trapezoids and triangles. It’s more fun than Zumba and no vaccination is required to participate in Joyful Geometrics. Create new art that incorporates simple geometric shapes in our every day lives to bring joy! Circular suns and moons, the triangular trees and stars, rectangular homes and barns, etc...from the representational to the abstract. All mediums welcome, maximum two pieces per artist.
A GALLERY POP UP curated by Tanya Augoustinos |
July 8 - August 1
A Gallery, Contemporary Art is collaborating with Featherstone Center for the Arts for a group exhibition with fourteen local artists for a Summer 2021 Pop Up in the Francine Kelly Gallery.
Oil paintings by Barbara Kassel, Billy Hoff, Chioke Morais, Rez Williams, Marie-Louise Rouff, Whitney Cleary
Reverse glass paintings by Richard Lee
Mixed media by Lucy Mitchell, Jennifer Joanou, Richard Erickson
Ceramics by Abbey Kuhe, and Jennifer Langhammer
Tapestries by Julia Mitchell
Wood cuts by Ruth Kirchmeier
VIRTUAL TOUR OF LOVE IT. PROTECT IT. MV. EXHIBIT:
LOVE IT. PROTECT IT. MV. with Vineyard Conservation Society | June 7 - 27
In response to last year’s events, Vineyard Conservation Society launched a social media based community art project titled “love it. protect it. mv.” The goal was to provide an opportunity to recognize the importance of nature, and express our feelings of gratitude for and connection to those spaces where nature takes center stage.
VCS and Featherstone Center for the Arts have now partnered to host a curated in-person show of selected works from this project. love it. protect it. mv. is an art exhibit celebrating nature, open space, and our sense of place as an island.
VIRTUAL TOUR OF STILL FRESH: THE ART OF FLOWERS EXHIBIT:
STILL FRESH - THE ART OF FLOWERS SHOW | May 9 - May 31
"Where flowers bloom so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson
Springtime brings anticipation, joy...and flowers! What better way to honor Holly Alaimo for bringing us The Art of Flowers many years ago, than to continue this beloved tradition. Artists may submit ONE NEW piece in any medium, not previously shown at Featherstone.
VIRTUAL TOUR OF SILVER LININGS EXHIBIT:
EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING | April 5 - May 2
The seemingly endless storm clouds hanging over us, often make it hard to find the silver lining, yet artists are resilient. Many of you discovered new themes for inspiration, found new voices and selected a different medium for creative expression. Through your work you share your unique vision for light, hope and love. We invite to share works of art that represent a silver lining as we anticipate brighter days on the horizon.
THE ART OF FLOWERS: sharing virtually on May 10th as part of #ArtWeekAtHome
View the 2020 #FeatherstoneFlowers show *ONLINE HERE*
Our annual exhibit THE ART OF FLOWERS is being reimagined this year and will be presented in conjunction with #ArtWeekAtHome. Day 10 falls on Mother's Day and what better way to celebrate the day than with artful #FeatherstoneFlowers! Post your flower creation with the hashtag #FeatherstoneFlowers with us on Sunday, May 10th over social media (or email a photo of your work here) and we will share your artwork online!
Martha's Vineyard: The Way We See It with Guest Curators Vineyard Colors | April 19 – May 3
(online gallery closed)
Every day we are enthralled with the majesty of our Island thanks to the beautifully captured scenes by Vineyard Colors. The very talented couple that make up Vineyard Colors - Yann and Moira - will curate a love story of Martha's Vineyard by artists from all over the world who are moved by their photographs. We are inviting you to create an original work of art inspired by any one of their photos that are published daily on their Vineyard Colors Facebook page. We hope to showcase Martha's Vineyard from all over the world!
HERE COMES THE SUN: THE COLOR YELLOW | March 22 – April 12 *ONLINE HERE*
In March, we are all craving more warmth and sunshine, seems only fitting to bring some brightness to the Francine Kelly Gallery! Yellow will be featured as our color show this year. Yellow stands for hope, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism and enlightenment. According to numerous studies, yellow helps activate the memory, encourage communication, enhance vision, build confidence and stimulate the nervous system. So as we enter a new decade, let's turn on the lights and spread a little JOY! After all, who doesn't smile when they think of Big Bird, Marilyn Monroe, glowing sunsets and lemons?!
THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES | February 20 – March 15
Do you have a favorite number or set of numbers?
We have found over the years that many artists incorporate numbers into their art. With 20/20 vision and a clear path for the future, we thought it best to kick off the year with a show about numbers. We are inviting artists to submit artwork that includes at least one number in the actual composition, (not in title only). So from clocks to airplane tail numbers, scientific equations to computer code, number symbolism abounds!
CELEBRATE ART! | October 20 - November 10
We are highlighting new work from the amazing artists of Martha's Vineyard! We invite every artist to submit one original work of art. The theme is your choice! Present your latest creation - something new that has not previously been exhibited at Featherstone.
INSEPARABLE: SCIENCE & ART | August 25 - September 15
with Guest Curators: Elizabeth Whelan and Stina Sayre
Island and seasonal artists and artisans works are inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. Each participating artist/artisan has selected a single element (Carbon, Zinc, Krypton, etc.) as a jumping-off point for their own creation, which is adventurous!
CONVERSATIONS IN ART | July 28 - August 18
CONVERSATIONS IN ART presents three visual dialogs by three pairs of artists in painting, photography and mixed media installation. Featuring the artwork of Leslie Baker & Anne Besse-Shepherd, Michael Rottman & Gavin Smith and Justen Ahren & Mila Lowe.
Read more in the Vineyard Gazette article Teaming Up for Artistic Conversations
AUGMENTED REALITY ART | June 30 - July 14
Augmented Reality Art: Hollow Point by Nancy Baker Cahill and Incoming Tide: Edgartown Light by John Craig Freeman with Guest Curator George Fifield, Director of Boston Cyberarts. Also part of the exhibit, AUTHOR by a canary torsi, presented in collaboration with The Yard. Further information about the show here.
MY ONE AND ONLY | FEBRUARY 11 - March 3
Original works of art, not previously exhibited at Featherstone. Artwork in all forms from paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry to fiber arts, one of a kind pieces fill the Francine Kelly Gallery. Read more: Martha's Vineyard Times and Vineyard Gazette
Poetic License (Art inspired by Poetry for National Poetry Month)
The 21st Annual Art of Flowers Show with Guest Curator: Holly Alaimo
Drawn: Black and White
Stanley Murphy Landscapes Show with Guest Curator: Nancy Kingsley
Putting It Together (Found Objects & Collage)
MVRHS Ceramics Students of Brendan Coogan Moz-ART (Art inspired by music for Classical Music Month)
I LOVE EWE – Year of the Sheep (Chinese New Year)
Take a Seat: The Chair Show
Oceans Wilderness with Guest Curator: Marianne Goldberg of Pathways Projects Institute
The 6th Annual Art of Flowers Show with Guest Curator: Holly Alaimo
30 Under 30: Thirty Artists Under the Age of Thirty
Gay Head Light
Bob Silberling Photography Retrospective
Martha’s Vineyard Now & Zen with Guest Curators: Alan Brigish and Susan Klein
The Art of Ceramics: Free Style
Helen Bowring Retrospective
Dreams & Nightmares
Portraits – MV Museum People’s Choice Awards
I Heart Art
For the Love of Trees: Photography Show
Lucy Vincent Beach T
he Art of Flowers with Guest Curator: Holly Alaimo
Awe & Wonder
Tom Maley Life Drawing with Guest Curator: Anne Gallagher
Nine Artists - Thirteen Years with Guest Curator: Monina Von Opel
The Art of Ceramics with Guest Curator: Washington Ledesma
Richard Lee Retrospective with Guest Curators: Claudia Cannerdy & Hudson Lee
Artistry in Wood - Tomorrow's Collectibles with Guest Curator: Nancy Kingsley
Power with Guest Curator: Richard Limber
Featherstone’s Permanent Collection
Featherstone Teacher Show – Past & Present
The Art of Flowers with Guest Curator: Holly Alaimo
The Art of Jewelry with Guest Curator: Anne Besse Shepherd
The Founders & Patrons of Featherstone Show
Allen Whiting Retrospective
The Art of Photography with Guest Curator: Kathy Rose
15x15 Art Show with Guest Curator: Pam Flam
The Art of Projection: Artwork by Maya.Rouvelle
The Art of Teapots Ceramics Show with Guest Curator: Washington Ledesma The Art of Fiber Show with Guest Curator: Julia Mitchell
The Art of Personal Altars
The Art of Painting Show with Guest Curator: Meg Mercier
Red Art (in honor of Valentine’s Day)
Faces & Figures
Animals in Art Ceramics Show
Vineyard Landscapes – Featherstone & Beyond “Visual Voices” – Ann Tanksley Retrospective “Putting the Art Before the Horse” Carousel Art Max Stern RetrospectiveWood Furniture Far Out Art
Hearts and Flowers - An Artisans Valentine’s Festival Not From Memory by Valerie Sonnenthal Photography Show: Bridges & Dreams
Animals in Art
Lisa Brown – Mary’s Chair
Water: Different Perspectives
Polly Hill Collaborative – Art Created at Polly Hill Arboretum
The Art of Pastel Painting with Ellen McCluskey and Her Students
Color Line Shape & Form - Art by Anne Grandin, Peg Thayer, Sheila Fane & Dawn Greeley The Other Side of Vineyard Art: Not Beaches & Boats
Dick Sherman: Aerial Seabottoms Photography
Washington Ledesma’s Uruguayan Art: Oils & Ceramics
Thirty Dirty Sailors and the Girls Who Went a Whaling – A True Martha’s Vineyard Tale
Valentine Celebration – Kiss, Kiss, Hug, Hug – Vineyard artists present romantic art Diane Nicholls & Her Students
Fan Ogilvie – Try to Praise A Mutilated World – painting, poetry & conversations Pottery & Sculpture: The Arts of Three Dimension
Pastels & Prints - Different Impressions
Ellen McCluskey Pastel Show
Faces & Figures
Nefertiti Prints – Jazz Show
The Underworld of Art on Martha’s Vineyard: Video, Painting, Sculpture Patterns and Textures and Functions in Wood
Photography Show – Warm Scenes in Winter Months Threads
Featherstone Student & Teacher Show
Flowers in Collaboration with COMSOG
Oil & Acrylic
Art That Won’t Match Your Couch The Color of Autumn
#Celebrate Featherstone Show
Art & Ag
Martha’s Vineyard Visual Artists Teachers’ Show
The 20th Annual Art of Flowers Show with Guest Curator: Holly Alaimo
The “Barnes” Collection with Guest Curators: Caryl Dearing and John Goldthwait
The Paintings & Sketches of Stanley Murphy
SISTERS: Jenifer McCurdy Retrospective & Wendy Mulhern
Tapestry: Contemporary Takes on An Ancient Art Form 20 x 20 Show
Brazilian Art with Guest Curator: Juliana Germani
The Art of Ceramics Show: Alternative Firings
For Pet’s Sake: For the Love of Pets & Animals
Show Love Thyself: The Selfie Show
Poetry in Art & MV Poets’ Collective with Guest Curators: Debby Rosenthal and Ellie Bates
The Art of Graphic Design with Guest Curator: Karen Huff
The Art of Flowers with Guest Curator: Holly Alaimo
Sculpture: Inside and Out Black & White
Photography with Guest Curator: Sam Hiser
The Art of the Cartoon with Guest Curator: Paul Karasik
Featherstone Printmakers' Show
The 5th Annual Art of Ceramics Show with Guest Curator: Washington Ledesma
Eat Your Art Out: Art Inspired by Food
Personal Altars II
Artists Collections – What Island Artists LOVE To Collect
The Art of Intaglio featuring Washington Ledesma, Beldan Radcliffe & Nick Thayer (Copper and Zinc Etchings)
The Art of Vineyard Architecture – Island Architects
The Art of Flowers with Guest Curator: Holly Alaimo
The Art of Costume Design Celebrating 30th Anniversary at the Vineyard Playhouse with Guest Curator: MJ Bruder Munafo
Martha’s Vineyard Artists of The Copley Society
"Metamorphoses: Change and Transformation" – featuring Nancy Blank and Roberta Gross The Art of Jazz
The Art of Flight Ceramics Show with Guest Curator: Washington Ledesma
The Art of Paper with Guest Curator: Sandy Bernat
Island Faces Portrait Contest – People’s Choice Awards
The Art of Politics with Guest Curator: Richard Limber
Kiss, Kiss, Hug, Hug RevisitedThe Art of Food – In Celebration of Edible Vineyard’s One Year Anniversary The Art of Flowers
Second Time Around – Acrylic Paintings by Patricia Carlet
New Art Now: John Robert Hill, Darcie Lee Hanaway & Chioke Morais
The Art of Black & White Photography with Guest Curator: Debra Gaines The Art of Glass with Guest Curator: Jeri Dantzig
The Art of Wampum with Guest Curator: Joan LeLacheur
The Art of Quilts with Guest Curator: Pam Flam
The Art of the Ceramic Bowl with Guest Curator: Washington Ledesma
The Art of Metal Sculpture with Guest Curator: Tony Holand
The Art Invitational with Guest Curators: Nancy Kingsley & Richard Limber The Art of Fall Colors
Triple Intersection: 3 points – Jack Greene, Dick Stroud & Caterina Verde SNAPSHOTS: Collective Memory – Valerie Sonnenthal
Featherstone Teacher, Board & Advisors Show
Photography Show: Favorite Vineyard Scenes
Nancy Noble Gardener Photography
Virginia Weston Besse Retrospective
ART in ACTION – “What It Takes” – the process of making art – Sandy Bernat, Eva Gallant, Jennifer McCurdy, Julia Mitchell, Adele Schonbrun & Heather Sussman
Lois Mailou Jones Textiles
Vineyard Ceramic Artists
Betty Wolfson- Let It All Hang Out: Choices for the Future
Ann Howes Retrospective
“This I Believe”
Small Things & Tiny Teasurers
Home Is Where The Heart Is (in honor of Valentine’s Day) Print Show - monotypes, etchings & woodcut prints Featherstone Student & Teacher Show
Vineyard Landscape Show
Jeanne Campbell Photographs of Flora & Fauna
Darryl Hughto & Sarah Roth – acrylic artists with an exciting rendition of seascapes Aaron & Freida Galvin Photography
Vineyard African American Painters – Past & Present
Beaches, Boats & Picket Fences...Lighthouses & Hydrangeas
Pottery & Sculpture Show Landscape Show
Cartoon Show International Show
Brazil Watercolor Show
Two Harthaven Artists: Mary Stevens & William Abbe Watercolor Show