With gallery shows, classes and workshops, art camps, evenings of music and poetry, and special events, Featherstone Center for the Arts of Barnes Road in O.B. has been a staple of the Vineyard art scene for over a decade.
The center began in 1980 as the Meetinghouse of Martha’s Vineyard, with a mission to sponsor and encourage community involvement in the arts, and became Featherstone, an art center surrounded by woods and a farm, in 2002. Situated among unspoiled woods and meadows, the center’s five buildings house studios, show space and offices. What was once a farmhouse has been converted into a gallery and office space. The main barn, once used as stable for horses, has been transformed into a lofty artist’s studio for photography, printmaking and weaving. A tool barn was reinvented as a workshop for woodworking, stained glass and metalwork, and a former stable for breed mares and their foals is now the Pottery Studio. The grounds are also home to an outdoor, wood-fired, brick kiln.
Budding artists/artisans/musicians can explore diverse crafts through the Center’s many workshops led by professionals in a variety of artistic fields. Along with drawing, painting and photography classes, Featherstone’s adult offerings include ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, felting, quilting, knitting, printmaking, tapestry, poetry, writing, mixed media, and technology.