The Art of June: Island Time, June 3

The Art of June: Island Time, June 3

June 3, 2021

Just like that it’s June. Bridge-jumpers and rugosa roses are popping up along State Beach. Screen doors are in, cobwebs are out. We’re having our drinks on the deck, our weddings (with real, live guests!) under the tent, and our yoga at the beach. Art is everywhere, with shows and openings from Edgartown to Menemsha. What will you do with this beautiful weekend? Read ahead for some ideas, then check the The Complete Martha’s Vineyard Calendar for all the upcoming events and activities.

The boys of summer are officially back. The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks’ first home game at the Shark Tank in Oak Bluffs is on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. Head to the field, grab some popcorn or crackerjacks and watch as the Island’s summer baseball team takes on the Oceanstate Waves.
It’s time to take your yoga practice outside. And wow, do you have choices. Love goats? Take Goat Yoga on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark.
Maybe alpacas are your furry friend of choice – Island Alpaca Company in Oak Bluffs has Alpaca Yoga on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
If it’s flora, not fauna, you enjoy, get that one-with-nature vibe from a class with YogiJay (a.k.a Jason Mazar-Kelly), who teaches in three locations. On Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. try Yoga at Long Point Beach. On Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m., Sunrise Yoga happens at Lighthouse Beach in Edgartown. Or check out Outdoor Yoga on Saturdays on the MV Museum campus in Vineyard Haven, being held at 8:30 a.m. this week.
Tanya Augostinos, owner of A Gallery and exhibition co-curator for “Life in Reverse: The Remarkable World of Richard Lee” will give a Curator’s Tour of the exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Monday, June 7 at 3:30 p.m. Tours are limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required.
Folksinger, storyteller and longtime Islander Mark Alan Lovewell will share his love of Nantucket Sound (virtually) during Stories, Songs & Sea Chanties of Nantucket Soundtonight from 6 to 7 p.m. A live Q&A will follow with Mark and Save Our Sound president Audra Parker. Event is free, but registration is required.


June is Pride Month, and in honor of that the Unitarian Universalist Society in Vineyard Haven is having a LGBTQ+ Flag Dedication on Sunday, June 6 at 2 p.m. They have proudly flown the Rainbow Flag for many years, and will now switch it for the Progress Rainbow Pride Flag.

Oh, hi!
It’s been a weird and introspective year, hasn’t it? Luckily, there are people out there who thrive on weirdness and introspection, and we call some of those people artists.
For those of us who eagerly anticipate each summer to see what the off-season has inspired in our artsy friends, now is an especially exciting time as galleries open their doors and Island and visiting artists are asked to share their interpretations of a year that has been all of the things, all of the time.
Some shows and folks I’m hoping to check out:
Knowhere Art Gallery in Oak Bluffs is proud to present Collide & Scope, a group exhibition launching the opening of their third season featuring painting, installation, sculpture and mixed media work from seven BIPOC artists. A percentage of proceeds will fund Grown in Haiti’s community center and artist residency in Jacmel, Haiti. Up through June 27.
The Workshop Gallery in Vineyard Haven opens the season with Kristin Texeira’s “The Trace of the Sun.” Come visit and view “answers in the form of paintings” to the question “What does time look like?” Closing reception on Friday, June 4, 4 to 7 p.m.
While you’re in the mood, stop by Featherstone to see Libby Ellis’ flower-inspired photography exhibit, Cosmosis. Or take an arty road trip up-Island to see what’s new at the Field Gallery (like the stunning textile work of Island artist Jennifer Brown) and keep hunting ’til you hit Menemsha, where Nettie Kent’s jewelry and Colin Ruel’s paintings are tucked in just before the harbor, at the Ruel Gallery.
And if all of this has you feeling inspired (and/or left out), learn to draw from nature at Polly Hill Arboretum, with Island artist Lizzy Schule. Each class will cover a different topic in landscape drawing. Supplies will be provided. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $55/session. Register here for one class or the full series.
Happy weekend! (And thanks, artists, for making hard things beautiful.)
Photos by Jeanna Shepard.

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