The Arts

Tap into the rich and vibrant scene in the performing, musical and visual arts.

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The Human Face of Shipwrecks

“Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave.
There is a brother whom someone should save.
Oh, Who then will dare, to throw out the lifeline
His peril to share?” 
– A Baptist hymn written by Rev. E.S....

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Christine Sanford

Just inside a trellised gate one morning this summer, the sounds of construction and traffic disappear into the tranquil air that seems to hover over Christine Sanford’s home. Barefoot and dressed in a...

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Salt Meadow Antiques

Almost everyone has driven by Salt Meadow Antiques on Union Street, a major artery into town. One Wagoneer even ran into it. “He said his brakes gave out,” recounts Tom Mello of the afternoon the Jeep...

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Louis Guarnaccia

On a gently overcast morning, Louis Guarnaccia sat next to his back-yard koi pond, the hazy sunlight barely reflecting off the lily pads as orange fish dotted the water’s surface.

Guarnaccia’s hair was...

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Nancy Chase: Scrimshander

She has carved everything from alligators to quahogs, even the presidential seal of the United States for the top of Nancy Reagan’s lightship basket.

“Reagan had not yet been elected president,” said...

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Sign Language

Curled shavings surround his hands and tools as layer by layer, the master wood-carver creates out of a simple block of wood a Jeep Wagoneer that will become the centerpiece for a sign advertising the new...

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Barbara Toole

There is something magical about a good coffee mug. It is a developed camaraderie, really, knowing your favorite cup is there every morning, with the same idiosyncrasies and traits with which you have grown...

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The Little Theatre That Could

The care and feeding of a community theater is such a tricky proposition, it probably shouldn’t be entrusted to mere amateurs. But that’s the very nature of the beast: an ad hoc organization dedicated to...

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Michael Kane’s Magnum Opus

“The Last Dance” is something special – the perfect title for a work of art envisioned and anticipated for the past four years. And finally, the masterpiece by lightship basket-maker Michael Kane is...

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Portrait of an Artist: Sherre Wilson Rae

It is unusual that one of Nantucket’s most recognizable artists rarely paints Nantucket at all.

Nevertheless, Sherre Wilson Rae relies on the island’s calm strength as a fundamental source of...

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