RISK AND THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT is a benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival and their Environmental Film Series. Sargent Gallery and the Fund for Wild Nature are co-sponsoring the MVFF's screening of Bob Nixon's "Sea of Hope," Thursday July 27 at 8:00 pm at the Beach Plum Inn, 50 Beach Plum Ln, Chilmark, MA 02535.
Force of Place: Oil and Water in North Dakota, is a multi media show comprised of projections and 35mm film photographs in black and white and color by artist Valery Lyman. Lyman is an award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer who spent her summers growing up on Martha's Vineyard. She has spent the last 4 years photographing and recording audio in the Bakken region of North Dakota, where she lived in a steel shipping container, documenting the rise of the oil industry there and the massive migration that has transpired along with it, as well as the events at Standing Rock and many other elements of oil related life in the region. Lyman will also give an artist talk at Sunday's event.
LYMAN- "Force of Place: Oil and Water in North Dakota is not about the politics of what is underway in North Dakota. Rather, it seeks to convey the force of the place and the lived experience of those who are a part of it, without judgment. It is about people - both the oil field workers and the water protectors - who traveled long distances and endured great hardship to do what they felt they had to for their families. It is about the moving power of this particular land - its wild unpredictability, the big dramas it seems to attract, and the scale of human bodies and effort within its vastness. The land seems to have an anima, or will, all it's own, which is felt instantly and quickens the heart when upon it. According to the artist, "It is also about love. The love and human effort involved in people's lives amid the great power of the land and loneliness that swallows them."
Lyman also states: "I found something of the American heart in North Dakota. In the faces, clothing, physical posture, and in the voices I could feel the optimism and hardscrabble nature of the American spirit, and immediately sense what it had always been like to carve a township out of the unsettled landscape. There is an unusual rawness of emotion in people, as most are strangers in a strange land, and an acute alertness because life is so dangerous. As there is not enough of anything and people make due with what they have, there is none of the fat and waste that characterizes so much American life. This American sprit and courage is also embodied in the Water Protectors who have travelled from all over the country in a parallel migration to struggle against the extraction and transportation of this same oil in North Dakota."
The photographs range from stark penetrative portraits in intimate quarters or worksites, to large landscapes that show the scale of the elements, machinery, and human effort. The photographs are all 35mm film, and both black and white and color, to make use of the historicity of the medium and blend past with present.
THE YARD at SARGENT GALLERY: The Influence of Thomas Hart Benton on Dance and artist talk with Anthony Benton Gude
Friday July 7, 2017 6-8 PM - As a continuation of our Thomas Hart Benton inspired show, The Yard, a contemporary artist residency, dance and performance center based on Martha's Vineyard, will be performing at Sargent Gallery. Artist talk with Thomas Hart Benton's grandson, Anthony Benton Gude.
AN EXHIBITION OF WORK INSPIRED AND INFLUENCED BY PROLIFIC PAINTER AND MURALIST THOMAS HART BENTON. CONTRIBUTING LOCAL AND NATIONAL ARTISTS INCLUDE: John Nickerson Athearn, Anthony Benton Gude, Beaven Burkett, Judith B. Howells, and Ellen Liman. The show will be up until July 13th, 2017.
Please join s for a Public Reception & Art Event at Sargent Gallery in Aquinnah.
We are hosting the Democrats Running for State and County Seats -
Julian Cyr for State Senate,
Dylan Fernandes for State Representative,
Bob Ogden for Sheriff, and
Paulo DeOliveira for Registrar of Deeds -
This is an opportunity to meet the candidates, and ask questions.
An exhibit of work by Gallery Artists will also be featured.
A new collection of exquisite woodcuts by Ruth Kirchmeier, nocturnes by Jennifer Clement, award-winning photos by Barbara Norfleet. Also featured are the small, subtle watercolor landscapes by John Nickerson Athearn, as well as a selection o large, panoramic plein air oils by Elizabeth Lockhart Taft, the delicately crafted metal nests by Phil Lichtenhan, contemporary beaded jewelry by Jannette Vanderhoop; s well as artwork by a variety of other talented painters, sculptors and photographers.
All are welcome to enjoy a light reception, a Q&A with the Candidates, meet some of the gallery artists, and enjoy a beautiful art show!
Please park along State Road, with all 4 tires inside the white line.
The Sargent Gallery will be open off-season and will offer a variety of Art Events that will aim to engage our community and clientele in the arts, politics and environmental stewardship.
Please stop by or contact the Gallery to get announcements of Art Events - 508-645-2776.
We will be open most weekends, usually 11-4, and often during the week. We welcome appointments.
The Sargent Gallery is located at #32 State Road in Aquinnah,
just 4/10 mile past the turn to Lobsterville on the left,
before the Aquinnah Town Hall.
SUNDAY AUGUST 14, 2016, 5-7 SARGENT GALLERY 32 STATE ROAD AQUINNAH, MA 02535
BARBARA NORFLEET, PHOTOGRAPHER: Barbara Norfleet served from 1966 to 1981 as a senior lecturer in visual and environmental studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, where she was the curator of photography. She received her BA from Swarthmore College, and her MA and PhD in social relations from Harvard University and Radcliffe College. Her works have been widely shown in the United States and Europe, with exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Norfleet is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of photography in the 1984 competition throughout the US & Canada, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and the Aaron Siskind Award.
ELLEN LIMAN, PAINTER: Ellen is a graduate of Barnard College and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia University and the National Academy of Design. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections. She works in a studio near the Norton Museum of Art on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, but she also has a place in New York and one on Martha’s Vineyard, where she often paints right on the beach. And yes, occasionally some sand may get into the paint but she says, “I think that just makes them more interesting.
"Liman's work honors nature in a most sophisticated manner. It escapes being decorative because of her confident brush strokes and careful composition. The strong connection between the artist and subject matter manifests itself in the vibrancy of her scenes and flowers." –ArtNews
JOHN NICKERSON ATHEARN, WATERCOLORIST: Mr. Athearn is a self-taught artist who inherited much of his inspiration from his grandfather, George Brehm, a painter and illustrator who worked with Norman Rockwell. Mr. Athearn has been creating watercolor paintings his entire life and was born and raised in West Tisbury. His delicate landscapes encompass a feeling of peace and natural beauty.
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