We are excited to present this year’s “Vineyard Landscapes – The 2021 Collection” by well-known Island artist Marjorie Mason. This evolving collection will be on display on the gallery’s first floor through the summer and online.
As we begin the gallery’s 44th season here in Edgartown, we are grateful to continue to do what we love – share our unique art collection with you. This season will be a busy one as pandemic restrictions relax and people move around a bit more.
We are incredibly excited to announce our 2021 Summer Exhibition with Marjorie Mason. Her 2020 exhibition, “Vineyard Landscapes,” was a complete sell-out, so we anticipate another great collection from Marjorie for this season. As was the case last year, we will not host an artists’ reception but plan to feature her collection on the gallery’s main floor beginning on July 1, 2021, and throughout the summer.
We are excited to announce our 2020 Summer Exhibitions with Marjorie Mason and William R. Davis. During this period of social distancing, we did not host an artists’ reception but plan to feature their collections on the main floor of the gallery throughout the summer.
Well-known Island artist Marjorie Mason has cultivated a vast following for her work. Each year, her collection delights clients and visitors to the gallery. Whether it is sitting and watching the boats sail by or a stroll along one’s favorite beach, admirers respond to her work. Marjorie captures a fond Vineyard memory for them to take home and enjoy year-round.
On Saturday, July 1, 2017, The Christina Gallery, which is celebrating its 40th season, opened the 2017 Summer Exhibition with an artists’ reception for Duane Alt, Sandi Blanda, John C. Traynor, Russell Gordon and Marjorie Mason. The gallery is celebrating 20 years each with Alt, Blanda and Traynor and works by Island landscape artist Marjorie Mason and Still life and Portrait artist Russell Gordon are also being featured.
In the spring of 1977, my father and I opened a small gallery featuring his collection of vintage photographs of Martha’s Vineyard. We didn’t tell my mother about the gallery until we were ready to open. As each year passed we would expand upon the gallery’s offerings to include posters, limited edition prints and finally original works by nationally recognized artists. Today the gallery features the work of 30 living artists, a Modern Masters collection and a very unique collection of antique maps and nautical charts dating back to the mid-1500’s. We are quite proud of our artists and of the gallery.
On Saturday, July 2, 2016, The Christina Gallery opened the 2016 Summer Exhibition with an artists’ reception for William R. Davis, Lloyd Kelly and Marjorie Mason. The gallery is celebrating 20th anniversaries with both Davis and Kelly who joined the gallery in 1996. Marjorie Mason, who has been with the gallery for many years as well, is also part of the season celebration with her recent collection of paintings of Martha’s Vineyard.
It’s finally starting to feel like summer here on the Vineyard and with the season upon us, The Christina Gallery is very excited to announce details about our 2016 Summer Exhibition with William R. Davis and Lloyd Kelly. Both Bill and Lloyd have been with our gallery for twenty years so we are celebrating this milestone with an artists’ reception on Saturday July 2, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. There will be soft music and light refreshments.
My mother, Liz and I first met Bill Davis when we visited his studio on the Cape back in the mid 1990’s. Not only did he display his work but also many antique paintings, which he and his wife, Judy, had a fondness for collecting. Almost instantly, Bill’s masterful marine paintings were a success with our clientele.
Marjorie Mason’s Vineyard Landscapes opened on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at The Christina Gallery in historic downtown Edgartown. Mason has developed an impressive following of patrons since her graduation from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Art and Design in 1981. “Just before I graduated from art school I happened upon a printmaking technique that guided me out of my major in Illustration and into the world of oil painting the landscape.” Mason would spend the next twenty years perfecting that technique of monotype oil painting where the finish work takes on the softness of a pastel. During this time she also evolved as a plein air painter working consistently with other Island artists who shared the same passion to explore Martha’s Vineyard through direct or alla prima painting.
Lillia Frantin’s “Island Colors” exhibition opened last Saturday evening with an artist reception hosted by The Christina Gallery. Frantin has been exhibiting with the gallery for four years and this is her second solo exhibition. The collection has been very well received by her admirers, as well as first time visitors to the gallery.
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I can’t believe that we are beginning our 38th summer season here on the Vineyard. Yes, I was a freshman in high school when we first opened in 1977! Actually, my dad and I came up with the idea to start a retail business and we didn’t tell my mom until we were ready to open. At that time she was working for the Fligor family across the street.
During the early days we sold vintage photographs of Martha’s Vineyard from the mid 1800’s. As each year passed, we expanded upon our collection and inventory and new artists to gradually grow into what we are known for today, an established traditional fine art gallery. It was in 1994 that I formally took over the gallery business and it became The Christina Gallery.