Beautiful Victorian style homes lined the cobblestone streets, and people roamed the sidewalks in crisp khakis and button-up polo shirts. Store windows showcased fresh, resort-wear fashions for the summer travelers, while others featured casual beach-wear for a younger clientele.
Upon entering the North Water Gallery, I was struck by the array of colors that splashed against the white whiles. Multiple artists displayed their work at the gallery—most of the content inspired by Martha’s Vineyard’s breathtaking scenery. Three artists especially caught my eye.
Betty Anglin Smith captures the landscape in vivid color. Her work jumps off of the canvas and leaps into one's imagination, stirring a new vision of sand dunes, beach scene, or sunset.
Robert Stark Jr. creates eye-catching work. His paintings create a sense of serenity through his use of space; as they energize and stimulate the senses with brilliant color and sharp lines.
Spread Out Catboats
Steve Mills was another artist that immediately captured my attention. His incredible oil paintings are mesmerizing. He uses a technique called photorealistic—a method that can consume almost 400 hours per painting! The intricate details and unique perspective makes each canvas a true work of art.
Martha’s Vineyard is a haven for artists. I currently live with four. My uncle is a talented graphic designer, my aunt a beautiful painter, and my aunt’s mother and step-father a painter and sculptor respectively.
The island’s simplicity and natural beauty draw relaxation, contemplation, and introspection from its inhabitants. I appreciate the different perspectives portrayed through the medium of art.
Beauty is found in a variety of ways—a fact that should open our eyes with appreciation. I find it beautiful that many people may see the same scene on the surface, but once it is truly absorbed the vision can be translated in many forms.
I enjoyed my night out with my uncle, aunt, and local artists. It is refreshing to experience new things and investigate other perspectives. I look forward to further adventures.
Today is my day off. After some time on the beach, it is now time for a nap before a little shopping trip back to Edgertown.