The Arts

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

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Artisans at work

Between rows of wooden molds, hickory staves and carved ivory, at the back of Susan and Karl Ottison’s lightship-basket workshop, the traditional craft
of basket-making is alive and well. The word artisan...

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the Nantucket Film Festival

The COVID-19 pandemic took the heart out of much of American life, and the idea of going to the movies was on that list. Things were simply not the same.

“In many ways this dialogue started even before...

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Kathryn Cramer Brownell

There was a time before the 24-hour news beast had yet to be born. The news of the day was found in a handful of major daily newspapers, or on one of three network channels broadcasting the nightly news....

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Political classics to consider during this election season

“The Making of the President 1960” by Theodore White

Campaign strategists had been around since well before the presidential race between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. But journalist Theodore...

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Q&A with Gabi Burnham

Former Inquirer and Mirror staff writer and newly-minted author Gabriella Burnham has just released her first novel, “It Is Wood, It Is Stone” with One World, an imprint of Penguin/Random House.


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Crime Reads for your Beach Bag

During a series of summer afternoons spent at the beach last year, I decided to read Graham Greene’s “The Comedians.” The 1966 novel is set in Haiti and features a British ex-pat hotel owner trying to...

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Heidi Weddendorf: Creating jewelry inspired by nature

Heidi Weddendorf came to Nantucket in the summer of 1988 to escape the heat of South Carolina and manage the Erica Wilson boutique on Main Street. She had no intention of staying once autumn rolled more

Folk Art From the Whalers

The gallery tells two stories: the gruesome, bloody one about hunting and dismembering sperm whales in the South Pacific for oil, and the less-dramatic one of sailors’ boredom on the three-year voyages...

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It’s not the first place you’d expect to find a busy woodworking shop, this quiet dirt road a few hundred yards from the water in Shimmo.

But tucked back amid the scrub brush is a two-story building...

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Laura Gallagher Byrne knows that not all of the 30 children on stage at the Dreamland are there because they want to be professional actors. For some, the stage is a place to be with friends after school,...

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