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Nantucket has long been a magnet for artists of all kinds, and you’ll find any number of them plying their trades every day on the island. Whether it’s painters with their easels standing along a bluff overlooking the ocean, woodcarvers creating whimsical pieces on a wharf, actors treading the boards in a local theater, or photographers capturing portraits and the singular beauty of Nantucket landscapes. Through many artistic mediums, you’ll find incredible talent here on Nantucket. Be sure to check out the local galleries, and museums to see just how spectacular the Nantucket arts scene truly is!

Artwork Above: ‘Blue Perspective’ by Caroline Weld

One Man’s Journey Through Art

I have known David Lazarus for over 40 years, as a scrimshander, painter, printmaker and teacher. This is the story of his journey as an artist and how he made Nantucket his home. By his own admission, David was a terrible student growing up outside London, England. He knew that the only....... Read more

John Evans and His Art

This summer, Nantucket sculptor John Evans’ island renowned “Wild Hares,” will be making the pocket garden outside the arrival gate of the Nantucket Memorial Airport even more colorful. This work, most recently on display outside the Old Spouter Gallery, pays homage to one of the... Read more

Nantucket Blues

Whether arriving by boat or plane, landing on Nantucket is defined by the magnetic color of blue, and it is impossible not to fall under its spell. Nantucket’s nickname “The Grey Lady” is, of course, well-deserved – the somber color infuses the sky, houses, trees, and cobblestones... Read more

A Sense of Scale

Here we will explore the techniques painters, photographers and sculptors use. This can be on the micro level, such as the ingredients of the paint or it can be broader: the thought processes involved in creating a piece. How do you frame the shot? What are the elements at play and how do...... Read more

Artistic Genius – Illya Kagan

Illya’s studio is a veritable maze of empty frames awaiting paintings, stretched canvases, and works-in-progress. His desk littered with sketches, photos, magazines, and other various items. Oh, and make sure you step over the dog that is happily snoozing next to the coffee table covered....... Read more

Minimalist Aesthetics

In today’s world, we can instantly see what we’ve shot and if we don’t like it, we can take another picture. At least in my case, it does not matter how many times I re-take the photo. It never really accurately captures the scene I’m viewing. Take, for example, the natural majesty of... Read more

Life and a Lense

The gray lady does not expect the faint of heart to live year round on her shores. The summer sunshine and warm breezes are reminiscent of paradise, but a Nor’easter reminds all who remain in winter who is truly in charge – Mother Nature. Those souls at the grocery in February are the faces.... Read more

The Art of Visiting Nantucket Galleries

The quality of art on Nantucket is astonishing. There are almost as many galleries as there are restaurants. For generations, artists have come here to paint en plein air. The light is so clear; it is the envy of any artist. Sometimes you will see artists with their easels set up on the........ Read more

An Introduction to Mediums

There are more than 30 art galleries on Nantucket Island. Artists are everywhere, using every technique, every medium and every style. Nantucket, as ever, hosts a mix of pieces from all over the world – iconic seascapes, fiery colored abstracts, sculptures, carvings, fish prints – the sheer.... Read more

Choosing Art

Everyone who visits Nantucket knows exactly what makes the island so special. It’s something you hold on to during those dreary winter months, a memory of what you have to look forward to when you come back. Then during those winter months, somebody asks you what it is, specifically, that’s.... Read more

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