Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Art in the Stacks: ‘Artists in Art’ by Elizabeth R. Whelan
‘Artists in Art’ is a body of work which celebrates 24 Martha’s Vineyard artists, most of whom live and work on the island year-round. Local artist Elizabeth R. Whelan decided to paint their portraits and stage a promotional art event this past July as a thank-you to the art community for the support she received while moving from the commercial art to the fine art world in recent years.
To differentiate the portraits from others she has created, Elizabeth Whelan used acrylic paints, household brushes, and palette knives, in a loose but still mostly realistic style. The artists are depicted at various points in their art process, and each painting pulls from that artist’s color palette to create the scene.
Now the portraits can be seen as a group at the Vineyard Haven Public Library ‘Art in the Stacks’ exhibit, where they will be on display for the month of August, 2017.
The Vineyard Haven Public Library's "Art in the Stacks" space features rotating monthly exhibits and is managed by the Friends of the Library. The library also has a permanent collection of artworks that are displayed throughout the year, including 12 paintings by Vineyard artist Captain John Ivory. Artists interested in showing their work may contact the library at (508) 696-4210.