Galleries, Art Shows & Events All Winter Long
January 21, 2019
It may be winter on Martha’s Vineyard, but there’s no off-season for the arts on this creative island. Some of the Vineyard’s best art galleries are open year-round, including Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, which has a collection of more than 700 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. (Photo above: curator Monina von Opel with Songbird of Haiti by Jeanne Staples)
Musicians and theater people keep busy with everything from open mics to full-on musicals. Opera buffs catch Met matinees as they happen, transmitted live to the big screen at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center.
Local poets read their work monthly at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, which also hosts $5 Monday night movies, the Wicked Good Musical Revue, Jenny’s Drama Salon and rotating art shows in the lobby. And lovers of dance and world music turn out for the Winter Yard, a genre-defying series of performances at Island venues.
Here are some of the arts events going on this January and February on the Vineyard—find more in the Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar.
- Up Island photographs by Albert O. Fischer, MV Playhouse lobby through Jan. 31. (Photo right by Albert O. Fischer.)
- Paintings by Richard Limber at MVTV through Jan. 31: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Jenny Allen hosts Jenny’s Drama Salon Jan. 23 at the playhouse, 7 p.m. with prizes and dessert included.
- Recording artists Carrollton perform at the Katharine Cornell Theater on February 1 at 7 p.m.
- Martha’s Vineyard Film Center screens the Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen live from the Met, Feb. 2 at 12:55 p.m.
- Paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, mixed media and fine art jewelry fill the rooms of the rambling Granary Gallery in West Tisbury, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The singer-actors of the Wicked Good Musical Revue take a romp through history at the playhouse Feb. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.
- The Francine Kelly Gallery at Featherstone Center for the Arts, on a former farm in Oak Bluffs, reopens Feb. 10 with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. for its latest group show, My One and Only. (Photo right by Jeanna Shepard)
- A musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, performed by students at the regional high school, opens Feb. 14 at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center.
- Pot Luck Jam returns to the Chilmark Community Center Feb. 16. Come early to get on the list.
- Red Baraat plays a dance party at the CCC Feb. 22. “The Brooklyn band’s eight members draw on North Indian rhythms, hip-hop, funk and New Orleans jazz to create undeniably singular party music,” says NPR.
Text by Louisa Hufstader
Photos top and bottom by Jeanna Shepard; middle photo by Albert O. Fischer