Thursday, August 9, 2012

Art in the Stacks: Christopher Wright

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library are pleased to present an exhibit of photographs by Christopher Wright this month. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours from now through September 29th. "Art in the Stacks" is an initiative of the Friends of the Library to provide individual artists an opportunity to show their work, and for library patrons to enjoy art at the library throughout the year.


"I think of myself somewhat as a hybrid photographer, combining elements of my past history in charcoal drawing, and my appreciation for painting and other art mediums with my passion for photography.

I started taking pictures at the age of eight, and while I respect those who have chosen the path of formal education in photography, it just wasn't mine. Being self taught, I feel, allows me to be freer to push boundaries, as I simply don't see any. When I see a setting that I'd like to photograph, what I see is more similar to a drawing or a painting. It's as though a window opens up where it feels right to take a photograph, and the scene takes on a life of it's own, alive and interactive. I could describe it as being magic. It's truly one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced, and something I'm extraordinarily grateful for.

Life is full of magic, and to be able to carry a piece of that through a photograph for others to feel is what I hope to achieve and exactly why I am doing this. With that and with gratitude, I think I will step out of the way and let the pictures speak for themselves."


Christopher Wright is a full time resident of Martha's Vineyard, who has been here, on and off, for his entire life. He considers his work, which revolves around the Vineyard, to be, in his words, "an honor and a true labor of love". Choosing to begin selling his work in December 2010, Christopher's photography is now hanging in homes spanning from here on Martha's Vineyard, to New York City, to the shores of New Zealand, with, as he puts it, his "honest gratitude being the key component". Christopher has shown his work on island at The Scottish Bakehouse, the Made Here On The Vineyard gallery, the Shephard Fine Artspace gallery, Featherstone Center For The Arts, The Vineyard Haven Public Library, The 2011 and 2012 Family Planning Art Shows, The 150th, & soon to be 151st, Agricultural Fairs, The Island Children's School, and continues to show at "Bryn Walker - Vineyard Haven".

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