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Island Art in Fall

While most galleries are preparing to close their doors, there are still a few options for art lovers.

Fall may be one of the most beautiful and inspiring times to be on Martha's Vineyard. The light is like no other time of the yearl the clear skies and fall colors are breathtaking around every turn. Even the least creative can find themselves seeing the world around them through an impressionist lens. However, finding ways to see and experience art—other than what exists right outside our windows—gets trickier with the colder weather.

Thankfully, there are a few galleries who are keeping their doors open. in West Tisbury stays open all year and so does PikNik Art & Apparel in Oak Bluffs, and you can always go sit among Tom Maley's sculptures in the garden at .

is with us for the long haul and just opened a new show entitled This show features the personal altars of such artists as Darcie Lee Hanaway, Paulette Hayes, Genevieve Jacobs, Margaret Knight, Fae Kontje-Gibbs, Richard Lee, Kanta Lipsky, James Masek, Enid McEvoy, Nick Mosey, Marshall Pratt, Jo Scotford Rice, Katherine Rose, Colin Ruel, Valerie Sonnenthal, Suesan Stovall, Kara Taylor and more. The show is in the Virginia Weston Besse Gallery and is open daily from noon to 4 pm through November 2.

You can also find new shows going up at both the West Tisbury and Vineyard Haven Libraries this week.

The presents , featuring Haitian artist Wilfred Dantis. Dantis personal statement says: "Sometimes I put onto the canvas things that I've experienced in my life, and it is through my paintings and their vivid colors that I can express myself, share my culture, and offer  the stories of my country. I hope to convey something of the Haitian spirit." This exhibit will be on display through Saturday, during regular library hours, until October 29.

At the , there is an Artist Reception for Woody Schulman this afternoon, Tuesday, October 18, at 4 p.m. Schulman's artwork will be on display at the library during the month of October.

will stay open through the end of October, and will feature some of the pieces from the Nancy Furino retrospective.

Soon to come will be the Thanksgiving and Holiday Artisans fairs at the in West Tisbury, as well as Featherstone's 9th Annual Holiday Gift Show. We'll be sure to keep you posted of any other exciting stirrings on the art show front. In the mean time, we can look out our own windows and look forward to seeing all the work this season inspires Island artists to put on canvas.

Margo Swezey October 18, 2011 at 03:09 PM
One more place to check out ...." Made Here on the Vineyard" gifts and art gallery on Circuit Ave. . Very nice art work shown there !
steve auerbach October 18, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Hey, can't you do a better job of editing? The word is "altar", not "alter".
Vanessa Czarnecki October 18, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Yes, Steve, I could. Thanks for being eagle-eyed.

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