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Opening Reception: June 23, 6-8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Gallery, 24 Amelia Drive. Exhibition runs through September 1, 2017.
In his day, Tony Sarg produced artwork for an amazing variety of projects, including children’s books, animated films, puppet theatres, toys, board games, textiles, magazine illustrations, and Nantucket hospital fêtes. Sarg is now considered a significant figure in twentieth century American art. As an animator, he was a milestone whose production of The Original Movie (1922) pre-dated Disney. As a 3D artist, he designed the first helium balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades. Sarg was also considered the dean of puppeteers, known as America’s Puppet Master, and his shows were featured at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.
On Nantucket, Sarg’s unique Curiosity Shop moved locations twice, housed finally at the corner of Easy Street and Steamboat Wharf, and his Sea Monster hoax of 1937 is the stuff of island legend.
This exhibition will delight everyone in the family with a humble sample of the legacy Tony Sarg created to amuse and delight people of all ages.
To view a sample of the 2015 Acquisitions to the PC, click on this link.
Though no museum of contemporary Nantucket art exists, there is certainly an equivalent to such an institution – the Permanent Collection of the Artists Association of Nantucket. The Permanent Collection is equal to a local museum of contemporary art. Other island organizations collect older works in quantity, but, excluding private collections beyond the view of the public, no other lasting archive exists for contemporary Nantucket art.
The collection now consists of over 1,500 pieces covering the modern era, from the art colony roots of the 1920s to young artists active today. Media include sculpture, paintings, collages, ceramics, drawings, prints, photographs, and even sketch books and historic artifacts like photos and letters. The art is catalogued, watched over by committee, and, since 1992, has been actively guided into an ever-expanding entity. We continue to seek donations of important Nantucket artworks as well as seed funds to keep this legacy both preserved and exhibited on a regular basis.
Our 65th Anniversary Exhibition in 2010 was Icons, curated by Robert Frazier.
Our 2011 PC exhibition, Exiled on Main Street (see video tour), was curated by Robert Frazier and held during the summer months and fall Arts Festival Week of 2011.
During the summer of 2012, we presented The Waterfront Artists: Painters That Changed Nantucket, curated by Robert Frazier and hosted at the Maria Mitchell Association at 33 Washington Street, central to the studio locations for many of these artists.
For 2013 we had three major PC shows curated by Robert Frazier. The first was a collaboration with the Nantucket Historical Association celebrating the work of a single, iconic island artist. John Austin: One Artist's Nantucket in the Whitney Gallery throughout the summer. See our PC page for John here. The second exhibition was titled Nantucket Moderns: Contemporary Art 1945 -2013. This concentrated on mostly non-realistic, contemporary art and its flourishing role in our local art scene begun by the legendary 45 Group. See a sample of 6 works from the Moderns here. Our third exhibition was Island Masters, presented in collaboration with Sylvia Antiques and John Sylvia. To view 50% of the works click here.
2014: Nantucket Cottage Style: Drawing Inspiration from the Oates–Euler Collection The Artists Association of Nantucket / The Nantucket Historical Association. This 2014 exhibition--curated by Robert Frazier--explored Andy Oates and Bill Euler’s vision for a life well lived, epitomized by decades of mentoring local artists and collecting quality crafts as well as fine arts. Exhibition ran from April 25 through November at the newly titled McCausland Gallery of the NHA Whaling Museum. For a sample of works from this show go here.
2015: Seventy Years On This 2015 exhibition--curated by Robert Frazier--celebrated our 70th Anniversary with a timeline-based exhibition of island artworks and historical photos from each of the last seven decades. This was the first Permanent Collection show exhibited in the Visual Arts Center at 24 Amelia Drive, with an Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 6 – 8 p.m. and Gallery Talk held with Curator Bobby Frazier the following Saturday.
2016: Family Ties and Old Salts & Simpler Times These two PC exhibitions celebrated people -- both the generations of certain families of AAN artists, and the the intense photo-documentation of every day islanders in the 1930s and 40s by Walter Pollak and Louis Davidson. Curated by Robert Frazier
B&W portraits above: Bobby & Polly Bushong, Elizabeth Saltonstall, Bob Perrin, Isabelle Hollister Tuttle
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