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IN THE NEWS – March, 2014

VH Library Calls for June Art Show Submissions
Martha’s Vineyard – Local artists are being invited to submit work for exhibit, June 2nd through 14th, at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2014 and artists will be notified after May 15th of their acceptance. A reception for participating artists and the public will take place on Tuesday, June 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
All media including photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, computer design, and collage will be considered. Site-specific installations may also be proposed. Further details on submissions are available at the library website at www.vhlibrary.org/artshow.shtml or by calling call Jennifer at the library at 508-696-4210 x12. Submissions may be sent via email to [email protected], or dropped off at the library during regular library hours.
The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library, coordinated by the Library’s Jennifer Rapuano and curated by Featherstone Center for the Arts’ Francine Kelly.

Artists Selected for MV Film Center Exhibits 
Martha’s Vineyard – A jury of local gallery owners and educators has selected the following Island artists from the pool of 29 applicants to exhibit their work at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center: Leslie Baker, Alan Brigish, Neil Goodwin, Cindy Kane, Elizabeth Langer, Marie-Louise Rouff, Donna Straw, Dan Vanlandingham, Janet Woodcock and Ed Schulman. Anthony Austin was selected as an alternate to replace any artist unable to exhibit.

Sarah Bernatas (Eisenhower Gallery & MV Museum), Joyce Brigish (former gallery owner), Paul Brissette (art educator), Nancy Cramer (Shaw Cramer Gallery), and Carol Craven (Craven Gallery) made their selections based on on technical, graphic, and aesthetic criteria, as well as a balance of media and styles suitable for The Feldman Family Art Space. A calendar of exhibit dates and openings will be announced soon.

MV Film Center Welcomes New Staff Members
Martha’s Vineyard -The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center has added two new full-time members to its staff. Chloe Riley and Jennifer Nightlinger will assist Center director Richard Paradise in expanding programming and educational opportunities, and in film festival development.

Ground Breaking Ceremony Celebrates Start of Edgartown’s New Library
Martha’s Vineyard – A short ground breaking ceremony marking the start of construction at The Edgartown Free Public Library on West Tisbury Rd will be held on Monday, March 24 at 3pm with town and library officials sinking in the first shovels. Subsequently, entire community will be invited to take part in an official groundbreaking community celebration on Saturday, May 3 at 2pm.
The new library will be sited on land next to the Edgartown School Gym, and the triangular piece of land adjacent to the cemetery and Roberts Way which will be closed for the duration of the project. Major completion is estimated for June, 2015. Project information and updates can be found on the library’s website www.edgartownlibrary.org or by contacting Jill Dugas Hughes, Library Director; [email protected] or 508.627.4221

Buy One Night , Get the Second Night for 50% Off 
Martha’s Vineyard – Now through April 6, Hob Knob offers a spring special featuring a half price second night stay at the Edgartown B&B. Farm to table, made-to-order breakfast each morning, spa services, private island tours, dining and entertainment also available. Call Hob Knob’s Concierge Team at 508 627 9510 or 800 696 2723 to book this pre-season getaway.

WT Library Celebrates Reopening & Expansion
Martha’s Vineyard – At 10 am on March 22, The West Tisbury Public Library will celebrate its reopening and the completion of its $6 million expansion program that began in 2010. To accommodate future growth, the new library has more than doubled in size, expanding from 5600 to 13,000 square feet.
The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting, enjoy refreshments and music being offered to mark the occasion
“We were thrilled by the outpouring of support by the community,” said Hunter Moorman, Chairman of the West Tisbury Library Foundation, “This was clearly a cause people took to heart.”

New Monster Shark Tournament Venue Named
Martha’s Vineyard – Organizers of the Monster Shark Tournament have confirmed that the popular event which for two decades has attracted hundreds of sport fisherman to Oak Bluffs in August will be moved to Newport, Rhode Island this summer.
Over the past few years the Tournament drew sharp criticism from animal rights groups and Oak Bluffs officials questioned whether or not the town should continue to host the controversial event.
Steve James, president of the Boston Big Game Fishing Club which sponsored the Tournament, who died this past January while hunting, had been considering and scouting for a new venue prior to his death.