The Arts

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

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The Collector

It is a rather plain looking white vase. It would be hard to blame you, if you passed it by with only the slightest interest. When David Billings looks at the vase, it conjures stories of the Silk Road,...

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The Queen of Beach Reads

She has three more novels to write, she says, and a half-dozen film and television projects which may or may not bring the stories from the pages of
her books to the screen. She says 2024 sounds about...

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Island Boatbuilders

To a casual observer, the hull of the old scallop boat looks like its best days were at least a decade ago. To Mike Allen it looks like a small piece of island history, of his own personal history, that is...

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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

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