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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASS. SEVEN-A THAW MALIN AND BRANDON NEWTON ARE JUST TWO OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS. One Location' Infinite Perspectives, Bananas Gallery Debuts Plein Air Show It used to be Kanta Lipsky's secret spot. The West Tisbury artist would stand across the road from the orchard on the old Humphrey's property in her town, dabbing bright greens and SHARING TOOLS, OPINIONS AND IDEAS. By IVY ASHE yellows on a canvas, working quickly to set the colors down before the light changed and the scene vanished. 'Tve done this in different medi- ums," Mrs. Lipsky said in an interview WORK IN PROGRESS: PLEIN AIR IS NEVER TRULY COMPLETE. this week. "I've done it in watercolor, acrylic, pulp paper .. in oil a number of times." This weekend, Mrs. Lipsky's secret spot will be on display for all, as she and fellow Island artists Valentine Es- tabrook,Thaw Malin, Marjorie Mason, Brandon Newton, Liz Taft and Kate Taylor showcase a collection of plein air paintings at Bananas Gallery. The show opens tonight and runs through June 8. In keeping with the spirit of older plein air shows hosted by Dragonfly Gallery, the paintings at Bananas all spotlight one site -- in this case, the eight-acre Humphrey's property. The land, with its orchards, meadows and 19th-century buildings, seems tailor-made for the brushes of outdoor painters. "Getting permission to come in here was amazing," Ms. Mason said last Fri- day afternoon, as she touched up a small painting of flower fields and a white barn from the shade of one of the orchard's trees. "This is such a treat, to be able to do this." Mrs. Lipsky and Mrs. Estabrook began planning the show in January, contacting property owners Jeffrey and Kristen Kusama-Hinte and receiving permission to paint during the first two weeks of May. The painting pe- riod was extended after rainy condi- tions throughout most of the month prevented the artists from venturing outdoors. In addition to planning around the whims of the weather, plein air paint- ing requires far more organization than working from the comfort of a studio, Mrs. Lipsky said. "You get out there and suddenly you don't have your rags, or your water bottle, or... something crucial to allow you to stay comfort- ably, and so you have to either quit or somehow muddle through." But with seven artists all working from the same site, the group quickly developed a camaraderie not typically seen in the solo pursuit of painting, ALL THE ARTISTS WERE TASKED WITH CAPTURING PASTORAL LANDSCAPE OF OLD HUMPHREY'S PROPERTY. sharing supplies between them, taking breaks to simply sit beneath the trees and talk art, and roaming from easel to easel to peek at works in progress. "What we found is that the property has so many different views -- unique views D that I think our assigned pic- tures will all be quite different," Mrs. Estabrook said. "In technique, cer- tainly, but also in the subject matter." "It's really fun to see how everybody interpreted it," Ms. Mason said. Because the host studio space is rela- tively small, the paintings themselves are sized to fit accordingly. Some artists chose to paint on traditional canvas, while others, such as Liz Taft, work with birch plywood or masonite board. "There's really something that hap- pens when you're outside.., you just can't think about [the painting] too much," said Mrs. Estabrook. "Marj orie Mason always says that there's a real specialnesg, a vitality to a plein air painting because ... it's never really finished. It's just going as quickly as you can to capture it." The length of time spent on working on the property, however, means that a far longer moment than the typical one or two hours was captured by the group. Mrs. Estabrook plans to ask each artist to include the date and time their painting was made alongside each work's title. "I think it would reveal a blossoming on the property," she said,"Just a whole different look from the beginning of May to the end." Adding to the camaraderie of the plein air project, business owners around the Humphrey's property THERE'S A VITALITY AND SPECIALNESS TO THIS SORT OF PAINTING, SAYS MARJORIE MASON. are working to keep the spirit of the show overflowing throughout the mini-neighborhood. Bananas owner Judy Hartford "has been most sup- portive" of the endeavor from the beginning, Mrs. Estabrook said. Neigh- boring businesses such as State Road Restaurant and Middletown Nurser- ies have offered their support, with DAVID BAREFORD "Heading Home" Pictures by Ivy Ashe 24 x 30 oil on canvas THE CHRISTINA GALLERY On The Island Of Martha's Vineyard 3:2 North Water Street Edgartown, MA 02539 ,508.627.8794 800.648.1815 www, christina,com Open Year Round Middletown providing flowers for the reception and keeping later hours than usual so attendees can visit the greenhouses after a stroll through the gallery. "We were received very well," said Mrs. Estabrook,"And so I think it'll be good." "People are already asking us if they can be in the next one," Mrs. Lipsky said."I think there's a need, almost, for such a thing as this -- because every- body who does it has so much fun." The Up-Island Plein Air Art Show opens tonight with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bananas Gallery on State Road. The show will run through June 8. THE GRANARY GALLERY at the  red barn Summer is here! Don Wilks limited edition bronze sculptures www.granarygallery.com 636 Old County Rd  PO Box 790  West "lfsbury, MA 02575 (508) 693-0455 No other events Year.iound qlV e news, people, and, Subscribe now  receive 65 editions plus free onlin acceSsl It's as easy as: i i HHhH" I H I I H I I Subscribe online at www.mvgazette.com. Access ii the online edition right away. Enjoy Island news and events at your fingertips with updates all week long.