By Tamar Russell - December 7, 2006
man of the show, Dennis Hopper, shown in a black and white photograph
by Edward L. Stanton. Photos Courtesy of the Louisa Gould Gallery
The gallery filled late, but fill it did. The crowd was abuzz with the
works of 12 artists at the opening of the Second Annual Holiday Show at
the Louisa Gould Gallery in Vineyard Haven on Nov. 24. I am fortunate
to be among the 12 artists represented. Six artists are new to the
gallery while the other six had new work on display.
The six new artists to the gallery are: Steve London, Robert Jewett,
Nathan Shepard, Jeanne Campbell, Edward Stanton, Janet Messineo, and
Steve London in front of his Gyotuku fish monoprints.
feature of this show was the work on the back and right wall. This area
of the gallery was spread with a tasty assortment of fish - in the
Gyotaku style. This monoprint show by Steve London set the tone for the
festive winter season show. Steve London's skill at Gyotaku work comes
from his time studying with a master printer at the Hui No'eau Visual
Arts Center on Maui. Mr. London's process of Gyotaku is "direct
technique," whereby nontoxic inks are brushed onto a fish and then
rubbed onto natural paper or fabric. Mr. London uses fish that he or
friends catch to create these fun pieces of art. "It gives me an excuse
to fish more," he joked.
Janet Messineo, also new
to the Louisa Gould Gallery, has on exhibit a number of pieces near Mr.
London's. Ms. Messineo is well-known in fishing circles, both as an
angler and for her incredible skill in taxidermy. She has several fish
"sculptures" in this show, including her two large pieces, "Striper at
Dawn" and "School of Scup." Her love and knowledge of the fish that
swim in Island waters are evident in her art.
A large centerpiece of the show is Nathan Shepard's "Silence on the
Pond." This large representational oil painting is set on Menemsha
Pond. His water work is deep in blues, moving to depths ranging down to
black, yet remaining a daytime painting with a lightly painted dock -
and refreshingly local.
Robert Jewett holding one of his earthenware vessels.
the subject of water depths, also new to the gallery is Robert Jewett,
a sailor and artist. Mr. Jewett studied with renowned potter Warren
MacKensie at the University of Minnesota and taught at St. Paul Academy
and Summit School. He said of his work that he is "interested not only
in the surface of the water, but in what happens beneath." He says the
sea's power is revealed in "fluid interactions with surface, objects
The effects of the sea's power on
Island shores can be seen in Robert Jewett's ceramics. A
well-established potter, he brings an earthiness in beach tones to his
pieces. His pieces at this gallery bring harmony to the naturalness of
Near Mr. Jewett's pottery are a few pieces by William Blakesley. Mr.
Blakesley is not a newcomer to the Island or the art world. He holds a
list of awards and a past history running his own gallery on Circuit
Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Currently he works from a home studio on-Island.
In this show Mr. Blakesley has four pieces. "Little Boy" is a wonderful
small black-and-white serigraph reminiscent of strong brush and ink
work. A few crisp, sharp lines produce a miniature little face.
A fun finish to the new artists' show is a large photograph placed near
the window of the gallery. This black and white photograph is by Edward
L. Stanton. The subject is movie actor Dennis Hopper in Mexico. The
mood of the photo is relaxed. It shows Dennis Hopper in a cervezina,
geared out in Western garb and lighting a cigarette. Mr. Hopper is
looking young and gritty and the party seems to continue in the
Nathan Shepard: Nathan Shepard's "Silence on the Pond" controls the left wall of the gallery, showing a quiet Menemsha Pond.
previously mentioned pieces were complemented by two of Jeanne
Campbell's nautical Island photographs, shown in this gallery for the
Of the artists carried consistently
by the Louisa Gould Gallery, Gray Park has several wonderful new small
oil scenes. Howard Park also has some new landscapes capturing fall in
all its brilliance, rendered in a traditional way. New work also
includes Trager di Pietro's acrylics, "Clamdiggers," and "Vineyard
Haven Landscape," Marston Clough's abstract off-season landscapes.
Guests coming and going at the opening on Nov. 24 could see Mr.
Hopper's party photograph. He seemed to reflect the fun mood. See for
The current show is up until Dec. 23 at the
Louisa Gould Gallery on the Beach Road Extension in Vineyard Haven.
Gallery hours are: 11 am to 5 pm daily. 508-693-7373.