Martha’s Vineyard Artisan Festivals


The ‘Ag Hall’ West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard

One of the many things that makes Martha’s Vineyard so special is the sense of community. People here are supportive and really know how to pull together. And one of the places that we see this evidenced is with the Vineyard Artisans.

Mission Statement

Since 1995 the mission of the Vineyard Artisan Festivals is to promote Island Art & Craft. It is a link between the Island community and the Arts, providing an opportunity for both new and established Island artisans to show and sell their work.

There are so many things I love about that mission statement, but most of all, that the festivals are extended to established and new artists. Because just because you’re new to showing your work, or young, or changing careers does not mean that you aren’t amazingly talented – and I love that everyone gets the chance.

That said, the festivals are always phenomenal! Set up both outside and inside the Grange Hall (the big holiday shows are in the Ag Hall – pictured above!) in West Tisbury, artists set up their wares, talk to visitors and, generally just have a great time. The highlight from this weekend’s first show? Toddler beds that are the exact replicas of the Steamship ferry boats – with working lights and horn! Totally amazing by Bill Moore!

The festivals feature jewelry, wampum, clothing, paintings, photography, weaving, glass and more. Not to be missed!

Here is this 2009 schedule!

12th Annual Summer Festivals

June Sundays, July Sundays, July Thursdays, August Sundays, August Thursdays, September Sundays
Grange Hall, West Tisbury 10 -2 each day
rain or shine with great food and free parking!

14th Annual Labor Day Festival

Labor Day Weekend – September 5-6
Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury 10 – 5 each day

6th Annual Columbus Day Festival

October 11. 10 – 4 pm
Grange Hall, West Tisbury

13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Festival

Thanksgiving Weekend – Nov. 27 – 28
Agricultural Hall, West Tisbury 10 – 4 each day

2nd Annual Holiday Festival

December 12. 10 – 4
Grange Hall, West Tisbury

Image courtesy of Slapjack

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