Why You Should Plan to Visit Old Sculpin Gallery

Old Sculpin GalleryThe Old Sculpin Gallery‘s mission: “to increase facilities of art education, create interest in the arts, make an art center for the whole island, establish a permanent collection, and preserve an old landmark.”

Martha’s Vineyard’s Old Sculpin Gallery provides visitors a chance to stroll among paintings crafted by some of the Vineyard’s finest artists.  The 61-year old gallery’s permanent collection contains artwork from 19 renowned local painters, some of whom sell their work on-site.  Additionally, the gallery hosts an All-Vineyard Art Show every year, awarding prizes in a variety of composition categories, such as oils, pastels, watercolors, photography, and collages.

If you’re interested in taking a more active role in the arts, you can also sign up for a variety of The Old Sculpin Gallery’s classes and workshops.  The gallery offers classes for all age ranges, including children.  Past children’s classes included drawing, etching, and numerous types of painting.  Adults can get in on the fun, too; the gallery hosts numerous classes and events.  Currently, the website lists watercolor workshops, portraits in pastels with Janis Langley, still life in pastels with Janis Langley, and general painting workshops with Eva Cincotta.

The Old Sculpin Gallery also hosts a number of events, such as their “Painting the Vineyard” outings.  This series of events, which take place in June and July, allow artists to congregate at all five area lighthouses: Cape Pogue, East Chop, West Chop, Gay Head, and Edgartown.  These beautiful structures provide a stunning backdrop — and inspiration — for creating a majestic work of art.

After you’ve completed your Old Sculpin Gallery tour, why not take a tour of the Edgartown Lighthouse?  The cast-iron, 45-foot tall lighthouse is located in a picturesque setting, just a short walk from downtown Edgartown.  The tours are only offered certain times of the year (typically May through early October), but the shoreline on which it stands is open year-round.  If you’re there late in the day, you may even catch a beautiful New England sunset.  Currently, the Edgartown Lighthouse is ranked #2 in TripAdvisor’s Things to Do in Edgartown.  Don’t miss out!

Marching around those sandy beaches builds up an appetite.  Why not seek satiation at The Wharf: a cozy, family-friendly restaurant just over a half-mile from the Edgartown Lighthouse (and just a tenth of a mile from The Old Sculpin Gallery).  In addition to the restaurant, The Wharf offers a pub and a “back bar,” featuring live music, DJs, trivia, and karaoke.  What better way to end the day than with good food, a good drink, and live entertainment?

Be sure to reserve your accommodations through Sandpiper Rentals. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals are ideal for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can participate in during your time on the island. Our rental properties are located all over Martha’s Vineyard, so you can choose to stay on your favorite part of the island. Whether you want to be right in town or more isolated, we have the perfect rental for you. Our homes are all unique, yet they all offer comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!

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