04.01.09

How should you care for old paintings?

Michele Ortlip, gallery director of Four Generations Art Gallery in Vineyard Haven “One must be very careful when handling an old painting,” says Michele Ortlip. “My family has been dealing with old paintings for a long time and will probably be doing so for a long time coming, since we have four generations–plus of artists’ work.”

Michele does not do restoration of works of art, but she has contacts with professionals off-Island, and is willing to assist and advise on cleaning an old painting.

Tom Dresser

04.01.09

The drive through Kanomika Neck at Edgartown Great Pond takes you down a mile and a half of dirt road, through sand-plain grasslands framed by oak and pine trees. By the time you reach the home of Karen and Alan Muney, you’re surrounded by nature in a setting that feels remote, although the comparative bustle of downtown Edgartown is only a ten-minute drive away.

Anne McCarthy Strauss

03.01.09

Many Vineyarders know Joan Potter as the proprietor of All Things Oriental, the elegant antiques shop she ran for twenty-seven years on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven before relocating to her East Chop home in July of last year. Joan and All Things Oriental helped popularize Asian antiques on the East Coast.

Brooks Robards

11.01.08

They mark our place in history, structures of rock as daunting as the great pyramids of Egypt, as hauntingly beautiful as the Inuit inukshuk of the Canadian arctic, and as humbly elegant as the stone walls defining the pastures and lining the roads of Martha’s Vineyard.

Linda Black

10.01.08

Not everyone who summers on the Vineyard nurtures dreams of owning a house on their favorite island. Don and Ann Brown have spent more than forty years happily renting here.

“I like the idea that I close the door and don’t have to do another thing,” says Don, a Washington, D.C., real estate lawyer and entrepreneur. “I already have two houses, and that’s enough to take care of. We’re only here for two months.”

Brooks Robards

10.01.08

Architect Michael Ball and his wife, Penelope Dixon, a certified fine art photography consultant/appraiser, are already thinking about their next house. From that fact, you might conclude something is wrong with the brand new house designed by Michael that they moved into a year ago on Chappaquiddick. That’s hardly the case.

Brooks Robards

10.01.08

It’s always cheaper to tear down.

That’s the doctrine of many Island architects – much to the dismay of historical conservationists. And, faced with the challenge of renovating a vintage home on a limited budget, many Island homeowners feel they have no choice but to follow this creed to wreck and rebuild.

Joyce Wagner

10.01.08

How do you prepare rhododendrons for winter?

John Clift, designer and manager at Landscope Landscape Construction in Edgartown

Tom Dresser

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