The Copley Society of Art is a non-profit organization which supports contemporary and traditional artists. According to their website, the society was formed by the first graduation class of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1879. The intent of the organization was to "supplement the academic training of the Museum School, to assist their members in their artistic careers, to cultivate a spirit of fraternity among artists, and to promote the interest of art in the city of Boston." The Copley Society of Art is the oldest organization of its kind.
Executive Director of Featherstone, Ann Smith, explains that it is very rare that the Copley Society holds a gallery show outside of their own space. "Normally people don't like to hold events for their artists in a space that is not their own. The Copley Society made an exception because so many of the featured artists are from Martha's Vineyard," said Smith.
The 13 Island artists featured are Leslie Baker, Laurene Krasny Brown, Stephanie Danforth, Mary French, Nancy Furino, Anne Grandin, Barbara Leiner, Meg Mercier, Jessica Pisano, Rosaline Shane, Jeanne Staples, Max Stern, and Ovid Ward.
The show will continue until July 18.