Local Artist Feature
The Vineyard has long been a haven for creatives, free-thinkers, and artists. We love the support that the local community has for these creators and are privileged to showcase some of their work here on the walls of Vineyard Decorators.
The roots of the Vineyard often run deep, and in addition to being talented artists, many of the artisans featured in our store are personal friends of the business’ owner, Whitney Brush.
Whitney and his sister Sophia grew up surrounded by art and wanted a way to support their friends and other local artists to reach a wider audience.
While we have a curated collection from each artist listed below at our store, we encourage you to visit galleries, their studios and other Vineyard businesses to view these artists’ work.
Colin Ruel is a self-taught artist from the fishing village of Menemsha. Inspired by his memories of growing up on the Island, his use of gradient color encapsulates the beauty of the Vineyard in a serene way. You can find more of Colin’s work at the newly opened Ruel Gallery in Menemsha, along with the work of his wife, Nettie Kent, a native Islander, whose jewelry is also showcased there. The gallery was a huge success this summer and we’re looking forward to seeing what Colin continues to do with the space.
Lily Keller gains inspiration from the natural beauty of the Vineyard. Her process captures the vibrant personality of the island with cool ocean tones and warm, energetic pops of color. Lily actively shares her process on Instagram, where she’s built up a considerable following. Lily’s work can also be found at Salte in Edgartown.
Josh Robinson White of Vineyard Lights Photography’s process of printing his photographs on aluminum creates a unique, almost backlit effect. We love this iconic shot of the MV Home, the Vineyard’s largest freight vessel. We have special ordered this commanding image and others in various sizes for our client’s projects.
If you are looking to incorporate local art on a budget or furnish and decorate a rental home, you may find that prints are a more economical way to achieve your look. We carry prints from Abe Pieciak and Brandon Newton.
Abe Pieciak moved to the Vineyard in pursuit of a culinary career. However, he discovered his passion for art and began experimenting with watercolors and sculpture. His distinct style of filling in watercolor fish prints with fishing lures are some of our most popular prints. They also make great housewarming or host gifts. You can find Abe’s work at Great Water Gallery, set to open in early spring of 2021 in Mashpee, MA.
Brandon Newton’s experimentation with the juxtaposition of light and dark provide a unique perspective of the Vineyard. He is able to capture beautiful moments of stillness in his work, connecting the viewer to the image on the canvas. You can find Brandon’s original work at North Water Gallery in Edgartown, MA.
Incorporating local art and supporting artists doesn’t only have to be through hanging pieces on your walls. Micah Thanhauser, a Martha’s Vineyard native, is the creator behind Merry Farm Pottery. His minimally processed natural materials produce lively, functional, and engaging pieces for your home. He specializes in dishes that beautifully compliment the bounty of a Vineyard harvest. Micah often hosts collaborative open studio sessions on Thursday afternoons at his studio in West Tisbury. Each week, he invites a local artisan to showcase their work. Follow Merry Farm Pottery on Instagram for updates.
Vineyard Wick and Bath's Beth Thigith vacationed regularly to the Vineyard before deciding to call it home. Her line of candles, bath salts and lotions bring the scents of the Vineyard to your home. We love styling candles with coffee table books and a decorative tray. When the candle burns through, you can reuse the jar for functional and aesthetically pleasing storage. You can find Vineyard Wick and Bath's candles in the Vineyard Decorators showroom and at other local businesses around the island.
Even in small vignettes in our showroom, we love that art can tie together a whole look. Use the color of your artwork to inform your pillow selection or decor elements. Interior Design is like a symphony, layering elements that complement each other for a harmonious final product. More than anything, art is a way to allow for personal expression in your home. It’s an area where you can take a risk, incorporate color, or just highlight an image that speaks to you.
- Emily Lowe