Chilmark Pottery, off State Rd. across from Nip ‘n' Tuck Farm, West Tisbury. 508-693-6476. Daily demonstrations. Open Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Christina Gallery, 32 N. Water St., Edgartown, 508-627-8794, christina.com. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cobalt Gallery, 553 State Rd., West Tisbury, 508-693-2052. "Small Works" November 23-January 1. Wednesday-Sunday 2-6 p.m.

Craftworks, 149 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-693-7463. Contemporary American Craft. Open through the holidays. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

And finally, eventually, most of the visitors are gone from the streets and the galleries and the bed-and-breakfasts. For most Islanders, that means a return to the essential, ordinary lives of work, family and school.

That's also true for Island craftspeople. But the people who make pots and quilts, rugs and jewelry and other handmade crafts often spend the warm months selling their work or their services to summer visitors. For them, the colder months are a time to get back to their craft.

Hollis L. Engley

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Kerri Daly

Minding her own business: A Hair Affair.

Island Music

The willing, The collaborators, the veterans, and more.

I Teach the Old Man to Drive. He Teaches Me to Swear.

Our world was peopled with folks named One-Eyed Mike, Speed, Liver Lips, Banana Nose, Three-Fingered John, Dogmeat, Silk Sock Sam, Wimpy, Cocabola, Greasebelly, Floggy, and Steamboat John. We knew a brilliant English teacher – female – who lived, like 
Peggotty’s family, on a beached boat. We knew a man who once ate clams, shells and all, just to prove that he could do it. This impressive pantheon of the sometimes peculiar served as a colorful backdrop to my picaresque pa.

Minding Their Own Business: Lamplighter Corner

Tim Rush and Tom Fisher, lamp makers.

A Simple Little Arts District

Holly Alaimo was watching television one night when passersby wandered in to look at her artwork on the wall. With that act of trespassing, an arts colony was born on Dukes County Avenue.

It Freed His Heart

It wasn’t until Thomas Hart Benton came to the Island in 1920 that he found himself, and the painting style for which he would become famous.

The Seaweed Lady

“‘The shore is my source,’ says Rose Treat. ‘If an artist runs out of green, he runs to the store to buy green paint. If I run out of something I have to go to the beach.’”

The Craftsmen's Tales

Artscene: Gallery Listings

Chilmark Pottery, off State Rd. across from Nip ‘n' Tuck Farm, West Tisbury. 508-693-6476. Daily demonstrations. Open Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Christina Gallery, 32 N. Water St., Edgartown, 508-627-8794, christina.com. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cobalt Gallery, 553 State Rd., West Tisbury, 508-693-2052. "Small Works" November 23-January 1. Wednesday-Sunday 2-6 p.m.

Craftworks, 149 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-693-7463. Contemporary American Craft. Open through the holidays. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Artscene

And finally, eventually, most of the visitors are gone from the streets and the galleries and the bed-and-breakfasts. For most Islanders, that means a return to the essential, ordinary lives of work, family and school.

That's also true for Island craftspeople. But the people who make pots and quilts, rugs and jewelry and other handmade crafts often spend the warm months selling their work or their services to summer visitors. For them, the colder months are a time to get back to their craft.

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