Last yr Vineyarders took to the fields, woods, and shorelines in droves in order to ease the boredom of isolation and to revel in the bountiful natural beauty of the Island. Numerous have been influenced to share their encounters by means of artwork and producing, and by means of the end of the month, Featherstone will be exhibiting a lot of paintings, images, poems, and essays by Islanders in a show titled “Love It. Guard It. MV.” explained as “a community artwork undertaking to celebrate open up space.”

The exhibit is a collaboration between Featherstone and the Winery Conservation Modern society (VCS). This will be the initial of a few collaborative reveals to be featured in the roomy Francine Kelly Gallery this summer months.

Very last spring the VCS released a social media–based local community art undertaking. It invited men and women to submit visible and published perform, to be posted on the nonprofit’s Instagram webpage. In accordance to their site, the initiative “was developed as an opportunity to identify the importance of character and as a room to feel gratitude and connection, at a time when there was a important want for both of those.”

“The display begun as a digital area that we created,” states VCS director of training and youth Samantha Seem. “Around this time previous calendar year, we began to truly replicate on how important all of the obtain to character experienced been by that spring. We have been aware of how we all seriously leaned on that obtain.”

From the lots of submissions, curators selected 112 items by 74 artists to function in the in-man or woman show at Featherstone. There is a ton far more than just usual Vineyard landscapes to be identified at the gallery. The artwork, which features paintings, drawings, photos, and a couple sculptural items, demonstrates off the creativeness and individuality of Island artists.

Location this show apart from a typical gallery exhibit is the inclusion of poetry. A amount of Islanders managed to translate their like of the Island into verse, the addition of which encourages the viewer to stroll leisurely, and mirror on equally the terms and the visuals.

The wide range of designs and matter matter is outstanding. There is a great deal additional on show than just standard landscapes. When the VCS launched the initiative, it made available a sequence of prompts, which include “Forests,” “Meadows, Fields, and Farms,” and “Shorelines.” All a few themes are effectively represented in the show.

A substantial triptych by Leslie Baker gives a gorgeous centerpiece in the roomy gallery. With a tender pink sky and layers of environmentally friendly fields, Baker has truly captured the expansive mother nature of the view from the route to Long Place of ocean, pond, and grassland in her portray titled, “Reaching Out to the Horizon.”

Kay Franks’ photograph “Sanctuary” depicts Cedar Tree Neck as a forest populated by twisty trees that appear pretty much magically alive. Nancy Noble Gardner’s beautiful photo “Walkers” capabilities 3 girls strolling on the beach on a foggy day.

Scout Austin has developed a vibrant encaustic on wooden panel set at Tradewinds Preserve. The wax-and-pigment painting options amazing pinks and reds to the fields, a vivid blue sky, and a range of greens, punctuated by lengthy shadows solid by the trees.

Featherstone teacher Lynn Hoeft did not have to journey much afield for inspiration. Her watercolor painting “Midsummer Trees at Featherstone” characteristics lovely washes of eco-friendly and sunlit yellows.

Julie Brand contributed a gorgeous impressionistic portray of wildflowers swaying in the breeze with a peek of the ocean in the history.

The demonstrate features the finalists from the VCS’s annual Artwork of Conservation contest. For the previous 8 a long time, the organization has invited higher faculty pupils from all more than the Island to post artwork dependent on a theme. This yr the VCS opened the contest up to center schoolers and writers. 

“It’s genuinely excellent to see how much appreciation our community artists have proven for the Island,” states Featherstone director Ann Smith, “and to see how both artists and writers have expressed so a lot pleasure and magic in their function. As a community-concentrated artwork center, we are happy to be doing work with an firm that does so significantly towards preserving our Island’s natural beauty.”

In conjunction with the show, Featherstone is hosting a sequence of functions. On Wednesday, June 9, 11 poets read through from their get the job done featured in “Love It. Guard It. MV.” on the outdoor stage. On Sunday, June 13, VCS gatherings ongoing with “The Art of Conservation” scholar awards. “The Art of Conservation” is an yearly art contest that VCS sponsors devoted to character and conservation. This year’s winners are exhibited in the Francine Kelly Gallery in the course of the “Love It. Shield It. MV.” show. This previous Wednesday (June 16), Featherstone hosted a panel dialogue on nature, advocacy, and artwork with VCS executive director Brendan O’Neill, Featherstone government director Ann Smith, Pulitzer prizewinning journalist and creator Geraldine Brooks, and artist Cindy Kane. On Wednesday, June 23, the VCS yearly conference will element visitor speaker Emily Molden, government director of the Nantucket Land Council. The conference is open to all by preregistration at

“Love It. Safeguard It. MV.” will dangle in the Francine Kelly Gallery at Featherstone from 12 to 4 pm by June 27. 


By Harmony