Category Archives: Galleries

Nantucket Gallery Openings

A sampling of the the first spring gallery openings on April 23, 2010. Photos by Gen Mahon. Click on any photo to see more photos from this event or an archive of past events.

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8 Chairs on Nantucket

Island artists MJ Levy Dickson, Julie Gifford, Lou Guarnaccia, Randy Hudson, David Lazarus, Robert McKee, Julija Mostykanova, and Gail Sharretts celebrate the Nantucket Lighthouse School through their art through an idea of Cary Hazlegrove’s. Each has painted a chair to be raffled off on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Nantucket Lighthouse School Hoe Down. Raffle tickets are $10 at Nantucket Lighthouse School, Diana Kim England Goldsmiths, Annye’s Whole Foods, Pinwheels, and Nantucket Bookworks. All 8 chairs are on display in the window at 51 Main Street, and will move to South Wharf Gallery on India Street from June 27th until the 2nd of July.

Call the Lighthouse School at 508.228.0427 for event and raffle tickets and for more information or visit

Sanctuary: Painting Nantucket’s Back Alleys

The exhibition “Sanctuary: Painting Nantucket’s Back Alleys, Hidden Valleys, and Secluded Coves” opened on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the Coffin School. More photos online.

Lloyd Schultz Award

The Artists Association of Nantucket’s Junior Artists Exhibition Two Opening took place on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at the gallery, featuring work by students from Cyrus Peirce Middle School, Nantucket High School, and Nantucket New School. Lloyd Schultz Awards for Excellence in Fine Art were given to the three best works, with honorable mention awards as well. The Schultz Fund is adminstered by the Nantucket Arts Council. Photos by Gene Mahon. More photos online.

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This Week on Nantucket 1.26.09


Small Works from a Big Heart, a Hal Gomeau Memorial Exhibition
Wed, Jan 28, 2009 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Artists Association of Nantucket

Opening Reception for an exhibition of small works drawn from over 100 Nantucket artworks collected during the life of Hal Gomeau and donated to the Artists Association of Nantucket’s Permanent Collection. For more information on this exhibition, see the coverage in the Inquirer and Mirror and the Nantucket Independent.



Water Quality Issues on Nantucket
Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 5:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum

The Nantucket Civic League will host a community forum on “Water Quality Issues on Nantucket”. The panel will include George Knoecklein, Richard Ray and David Fronzuto who will discuss the health of Nantucket ponds, nutrient loading in Nantucket water bodies and the Nantucket Harbors and Estuaries Plan. The event will be moderated by Sarah Oktay, Managing Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket field Station. Light refreshments will follow. More information is located at:

Shannon Sanders MacDonald: Parking Garages
Jan 29th
7pm – Westmoor Club;
Jan 31st
1pm – Nantucket Atheneum

Shannon Sanders MacDonald, noted architect, professor and author of the book: The Parking Garage: Design and Evolution of a Modern Urban Art Form, published by the Urban Land Institute, will speak on the history, design principles and function of parking garages. Sponsored by the Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission.

Preserving Nantucket’s Fragile Flora and Fauna
Sunday, February 1, 1:00 pm, Maria Mitchell Association

Learn more about the many rare and protected species that call Nantucket home. $15 members, $25 non-members. Must pre-register online at or call 508-228-9198.


One Book One Island Film: In America (Ireland)
Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:00pm at Coffin School

Killowatt Hours
Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 7:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum

‘Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America’ is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of Americaís most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Free. Presented by Sustainable Nantucket and the Nantucket Atheneum.

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Sherre Wilson Rae Open Studio
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Small works, paintings, and photography, with holiday cheer. 37 1/2 Millbrook Road, off Hummock Pond Road. Look for the “Open Studio” signs.

Yuletide Cool Exhibition Reception
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 5 – 9:00 pm, 5 Folger Avenue
Small Works – Ceramics – Glass – Jewelry by these participating artists and more. Andrews . Araujo . Blake . Crosby . Dicker . Duncombe . Greene . Handschuh . Hazel . Kane . Lazerous . MacDonald . Manning . McKee . Moore . Mostykanova . O’Mahony . Penotte . Rae . Riddle . Roudiez . Sharrets . Van Vorst . Wallace . Welch . Westerland . White . Wilson.
Saturday Dec. 13. 10am – 9 pm and Sunday Dec. 14. 10 am – 4 pm. Take Surfside Road, turn right onto south shore road. Left onto Blueberry Lane, right onto Folger Avenue.. #5 508.680.1272

Nantucket School of Music Community Jazz Band
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 4:00pm at Summer Street Church
The concert will include several classic big-band pieces as well as some Christmas Season arrangements. The band has 17 members, directed by Erik Wendelken. Admission free with donations at the door.

CPS Band and Chorus Concert
Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 7:30pm at Nantucket High School Auditorium

Poker Night
Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 7:30pm at Rose & Crown

Trivia Night
Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 8:00pm at Rose & Crown

Earth Got the Blues
Thu, Dec 18, 2008 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Rose & Crown
Eric Wendelken – Upright Bass, Andy Bullington – Guitar, Jake Vohs – Drums and Tom Stoddart – Sax and Harp.

Knockout Productions 1st annual “Jingle Ball”
Sat, Dec 20, 2008 from 10:00pm – 12:00am at Rose & Crown
B-Glow and Knockout Productions….

A Crude Awakening
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 7:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum
Produced and directed by European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, it tells how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visit.

Christmas Desserts and Cake Decorating
Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 10:00am at Bartlett’s Farm
Jo Polowy will share recipes and directions for making desserts and decorating cakes.

Nantucket Arts News

Joe Landry who wrote the adaptation for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”, will be in the audience for the Friday, December 12th production, and will do a Q & A either before or after the show. Joe Landry’s plays have been produced across the country, and include “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”, “Reefer Madness”, “Eve & Co.”, “Beautiful”, “Hollywood Babylon”, and “Numb”. His other adaptations include “Death in Venice” and “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play”. A reception will likely be added to the program that night. Curtain is 7:00 pm at the Coffin School. The play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, directed by Laura Gallagher Bryne

I met with Executive Director Colin Stanfield and Artistic Director Mystelle Brabbée from the Nantucket Film Festival here on-island this past weekC looking for feedback from people involved with the Festival. Colin is now the Executive Director of the NFF, after Festival co-founder Jill Burkhart stepped down last month after 13 years, assuming the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Colin was the Festival Programmer for the 2008 Festival. He’s a film producer for Amerique Film (“Puffball” and “Restless”), has been a Festival Producer at Silverdocs AFI Discovery Documentary Film Festival, and the Manager of International Programs at IFP/New York.

Audrey Obremski has published a compilation of weekly columns written for The Inquirer and Mirror, entitled “Audrey on Nantucket”. “It’s an overview of year-round, everyday life in a summer playground for the rich and famous written from the perspective of someone who is neither rich nor famous.” Audrey offers her opinion on the disappearance of small businesses and the middle class, rampant consumerism, colonoscopies, bake sales, the futility of war and fruit flies, and more. The book is illustrated by island artist and actor John Devaney. Married with four daughters, she currently resides in Costa Rica and is working on a second book entitled “Audrey Goes Wild”. It should be in our local bookstores.

Quidley & Company has opened their new gallery in Boston on Newbury Street, under Gallery Director Sara Boyce, formerly of the Brigham Gallery on Nantucket.

Miss Fairchild’s new album “Won’t Be Your Kept Woman” is available for purchase at iTunes and Amazon (recommended for highest quality). It’s a four song EP of original music that includes a redo of “Excuse Me Mr.” entitled “Excuse Me, Sister”.

Cecil Barron Jensen will become the Managing Director of the Artist’s Association of Nantucket beginning December 8.