Hammers bang and paint cans dangle;Ladders lean at every angle;Homes improve as decades pass...Which can’t be said for us, alas.


Back in the seventeenth century, long before the advent of student loans and their attendant FAFSA forms, you could pay your Harvard tuition in wampum. In fact, you could pay your taxes to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in beads as well. So what was to prevent someone from going down to the beach with a burlap sack and amassing a fortune? As Don Widdiss, Chilmark resident and wampum artisan, says, “If anyone saw how much work I put into creating a bracelet, they’d think I was crazy.”

Geoff Currier

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the saying goes.

Heather Hamacek

“I was influenced by the colors of the ’80s, TV commercials, movies, the colors around me. I’ll look at a painting and think, ‘Oh wow, that was my mother’s comforter.’”

CK Wolfson

Thomas Bena has a new film about big new homes, but doesn’t have a big new home for his Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. At least not yet.

Alexandra Bullen Coutts

Doug Kent's experimental world of large-scale, abstract paintings.

Megan Cerullo