by Sue Dawson
WE JUST HUNG a canvas of this image on the main wall of the gallery, for tomorrow’s Arts District Stroll. I’m in love. This is a detail of one of the lifeboats that used to be on-board the Ferry Islander. I’ve heard customers say to their partner (on several occasions) “Honey, we need to buy another house so we can buy this canvas to hang on the wall.” Today, that’s exactly how I feel.
I asked Alison about this shot, and here’s what she said: “The Martha’s Vineyard Museum owns this lifeboat now. She was originally on-board when the Islander was launched, in 1950. The Islander went out of service (for the Woods Hole – Martha’s Vineyard run) in 2007, and was scrapped in 2012. The lifeboat has wonderful layers of texture and color. I love the understated, stenciled look of the word “ISLANDER” on the bow.”
In honor of this photo, and the 12 additional new shots (including three of the Charles W. Morgan, which visited the Island in June), we’re having an opening reception tomorrow, from 4 to 7pm. It feels appropriate to serve hot dogs again, since we’ve had lots of requests since we last served them a few years ago, and Offshore Ale for you seaworthy types. See you tomorrow!