The Martha's Vineyard Times
Galleries : The Fishing Lure
By Tamar Russell
Published: September 11, 2008
lure of fishing affects almost everyone on the Vineyard - and most
acutely the 3,000 individuals who will participate in the 63rd annual
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby over the next five
weeks. The Derby, the largest fishing event on the east coast, begins
this Sunday, September 14, at 12:01 am.
Included as part
of the Derby fest is an art show that opens this Saturday. The
exhibition is Louisa Gould Gallery's second annual Derby art show. A
portion of the proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Derby
Scholarship Fund. Photographer Louisa Gould, the owner of the Main
Street Vineyard Haven gallery, is the official Derby photographer.
exhibition promises to be a must-see for those who collect sporting
art. The 25 various artists, many of whom will attend the opening, will
include many of the artists from last year's show along with some new
The artists include Marjorie Mason, Brian
Kirkpatrick, Luther Kelly Hall, and Peter Corbin. The paintings,
photography, and sculptures depict the settings, seascapes, and
dramatic representations of the fish sought by Derby contestants.
Charles Giordano's dramatically realistic representations will be
displayed along with engaging scenes by Donna M. Blackburn, Brook
Olsen's scrimshaw, the prints of Ray Ellis, and the taxidermy art of
Derby board member Janet Messineo, former President of the Martha's
Vineyard Surfcasters Association, who has been fishing from Vineyard
beaches since 1976.
An important aspect of the show will
be the Grand Slam painting by Dimitry Schidlovsky, a contributing
artist to Outdoor Life Magazine and American Hunter Magazine who holds
a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology. Mr. Schidlovsky has
been commissioned by the committee for the past five years to create
the official Derby painting that will be sold exclusively at the Louisa
Gould Gallery. This year, 20- by 24-inch signed glicee prints of his
painting "Pride" will be awarded to the eight grand slam winners of the
Derby. It depicts a realistic image of a black Labrador standing watch
next to a bucket filled with fish.
The work will range
from collectors' images to fun, traditionally decorative art. A good
example of the collector's items will of course be the work by
Connecticut fisherman/artist Luther Kelly Hall. This type of work is
considered Sporting Art. His oils on illustration board are serious
images of serious fishermen, in action, in all type of seas. These
pieces are framed and signed under glass. This is Mr. Hall's second
Derby show at the gallery.
Gallery owner Louisa Gould displays the sporting art of close to 25 artists.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
watercolors by Donna Blackburn are simple and refreshing, while the
colorful acrylic work by Brian Kirkpatrick is downright entertaining
and not too heavy. His bright Caribbean colored paintings depict Island
fishing scenes as well as generic scenes sure to make you smile.
sporting art by Charles Giordano, a mix of photography and paint, is
also light in comparison to Mr. Hall's work, but skillful. He will
portray each of the four derby fish in his style: bonito, striped bass,
bluefish, and false albacore. His is also in the show for the second
An additional feature of the show's opening
reception will be the presence of Derby president Ed Jerome, the former
Edgartown school principal. Mr. Jerome will be signing copies of the
book "Fishing the Vineyard," which he edited and which features the
paintings of Ray Ellis of Edgartown. ("Fishing the Vineyard," Ray
Ellis, Ed Jerome, et al. Compass Publishing. $30.)
"The Derby is a quintessential Island event. It crosses across all social-economic levels," said Ms. Gould.
was the case last year, she expects to see her gallery full of
individuals from all walks of life both from this country and from
abroad. Many of these people will be collectors of sporting art. But
many will also be people who rarely visit a gallery. "This event will
bring people into the gallery who are not regular gallery-goers," Ms.
Ms. Gould recounted the story of one woman
who walked in and saw one of Brian Kirkpatrick's paintings. "That could
be my husband," she exclaimed - a reaction that is typical of those who
have viewed the show. The art show is known for its festive atmosphere
and the variety of the work and of the crowd.
Reception, Derby Art Show, Saturday, Sept. 13, 6-8 pm. Louisa Gould
Gallery is at 54 Main St., Vineyard Haven. 508-693-7373. For more
information, visit louisagould.com. See this week's Martha's Vineyard
Times Derby Supplement, pages 6 and 7, for details.
Tamar Russell is a painter, and a graphic artist for The Times.