The Martha's Vineyard Times
Art : Small Wonders at Louisa Gould Gallery
Often on the Vineyard the things some might at first consider a
constraint, become an advantage: Our town libraries regularly function
as community centers; our places of worship become venues for lectures,
forums, and films; and our art galleries serve in much the same way as
museums stimulating imagination, encouraging new original work, and
making the fine arts part of the community experience.
Photo courtesy of Louisa Gould Gallery
A whimsical animal painting by West Tisbury resident Doug Kent.
Photo courtesy of Louisa Gould Gallery
An oil painting by Charles Fran Kenney on display at Louisa Gould Gallery through Jan. 2.
"I love it when people come in and I can see in their faces the way
they view the work that they are getting inspiration," says Louisa
Gould, whose namesake gallery is on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. "We
need to be inspired; it creates energy and dialogues."
And with the holiday season upon us, Islanders with no nearby
shopping malls to shuffle through are privileged to choose their gifts
and indulgences from artisan fairs, craft festivals, studios, and
galleries where finding something unique and special is almost assured.
The annual Small Wonders Show at Louisa Gould Gallery holds its
opening reception this weekend with prices starting at $50. The
participating artists are displaying work designed for the selective art
patron as well as for the casual art lover.
The show has no theme "Not having a theme is liberating," says Ms.
Gould, "but many of the artists do work that expresses a seasonal
flavor." She describes the work of several artists: "Donna Blackburn
incorporates seasonal berries, Maya Farber paints winter scenes in
acrylic, and Laura Roberts' art expresses a seasonal flavor."
Since the gallery opened in 2003 with a focus on marine photography
(a specialty of Ms. Gould), the gallery has expanded to include artists
in all mediums, both the well established and emerging.
"For the artists, when they do new work for a show there's a
freshness, an enthusiasm that they feel," explains Ms. Gould. "It
propels you along. For myself as well, I'm an artist who works with
The long wall running the length of the gallery from the front almost
to the back will display the Small Wonders show. They will be cases of
Francesca Lewis Kennedy jewelry featuring elegant necklaces in coral,
vermeil, and pearls; Leslie Kenney's diminutive bronze sculptures of
graceful horses; and some of Jeffrey P'an's small, uniquely colored
handmade glass pieces.
Other artists who will be featured are Charles "Fran" Kenney (Ms.
Kenney's father) who creates realistic marine oil paintings, and Kathryn
Wronski, who paints whimsical animal portraits close up portraits,
each revealing its own personality.
The paintings of two of the gallery's well-known favorite Island
artists, Doug Kent and John Holladay, will be on exhibit: Mr. Kent's
stylized animals and John Holladay's paintings of Island ferries.
Ms. Gould, who has been producing representational still lifes in
strong colors and modeling, will be exhibiting her small
(six-by-eight-inch) abstract paintings for the show.
And yes, they'll be a tree in the gallery's window and some seasonal touches, but Ms. Gould says, "The art is really the focus."
She says, "People tend to indulge more around the holidays. I get
calls from people who've come in with a spouse or friend who's seen
something they've liked, and they'll come back to buy it as a gift for
Saturday's reception should prove a festive gathering of artists and
friends. Ms. Gould smiles. "I love Christmas," she says. "People who
haven't been to the Island since September come back and it's fun seeing
Opening Reception: Small Wonders Show, Nov. 27, 57 pm, Louisa
Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven. Show runs Nov. 19Jan. 2. 508-693-7373;