“Art reflects your own happiness and people can see in my pieces that I enjoyed making them. I think that’s one of the reasons they like them.”
Doug Kent's experimental world of large-scale, abstract paintings.
The artist herself is a collage of intuitive and honed talents that bubble and flow from her in images and music, words and theatrics.
Susan Branch’s latest memoir brings a charmed life full circle.
Martha’s Vineyard Magazine’s annual Best of the Vineyard winners were announced Thursday night during a packed event at the Loft in Oak Bluffs.
More than 5,500 votes were cast in this year’s contest, in which the readers declare the best that the Island has to offer in 85 categories, from beaches to bars.
Nicole Grace Mercier
At eighty, printmaker Ruth Kirchmeier emits sparks of energy as she talks about coming to the Island in 1988. It was, she says, “the beginning of a new life,” where she found her artistic calling – her intricate and distinctive woodcuts.
It is a painstakingly slow and exacting process that she describes joyfully. “You have to take away what you don’t want printed and leave what you want to be part of the image.” She carves four surfaces, one for the image, and the others to apply as many as 100 colors.
Live music and bars often go hand in hand on the Vineyard. But what to do in the morning light, when the haze remains and the tunes have faded? Or when the real world calls you to leave those blurry summer nights behind and you’re craving one more song?