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Almanac Archive for June 22, 2021

Conservation Almanac Special Notice
     A conversation on art, writing, and environmental protection   
          Student art contest winners announced         
VCS Annual Meeting Tomorrow!
     Wednesday at 5:00, outside at Featherstone   

Please join your VCS friends on June 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for the Annual Meeting of the Membership and Board of Directors. We hope to see all of you for this hybrid event, either in-person at Featherstone's beautiful campus in Oak Bluffs (directions), or virtually via Zoom  (direct link, or email for more Zoom info).

In the interest of simplicity and safety, this year we are asking guests to B.Y.O. refreshments, and a blanket or chair, for this gathering under the trees. Please join us at the Art Barn Gallery at 5:00 to browse the "love it. protect it. mv" show (see below for details), before the business portion of the meeting at 5:30. Following that, we will welcome special guest speaker Emily Molden, Executive Director of the Nantucket Land Council, for a dialogue on island conservation issues with our own Brendan O'Neill. The meeting is open to the public (though only VCS Members may vote on the slate), so we hope that all who are interested in local conservation issues will join us.

Thank you to Featherstone Center for the Arts for hosting and curating the "love it. protect it. mv"show, as well as this year's Annual Meeting.
Don’t miss the big show! If you aren’t able to join us Wednesday for the Annual Meeting, don’t forget to stop by Featherstone for the "love it. protect it. mv" show. (Click here for background on our celebration of nature and open space through the visual arts and written word.) The show will be hanging at FCA’s Francine Kelly Gallery through this Sunday, doors open from noon to 4:00.
Conservation Conversation, with Geraldine Brooks and Cindy Kane
Last week, artist Cindy Kane and writer Geraldine Brooks took the stage with the Executive Directors of both Featherstone and VCS, Ann Smith and Brendan O'Neill, for an engaging discussion of the intersection of the arts, writing, and environmental protection and advocacy. Thank you to our wonderful panel of speakers, and to all who attended and shared your thoughts during and after the conversation - it was great to see your faces again! For those who missed it, check out the great coverage in the Vineyard Gazette or the video recording, captured thanks to Posie Haeger of Featherstone.    
The Art of Conservation
     Winners announced for 8th annual student art & writing contest 

Seventeen high school students, as well as two middle schoolers, were recognized with awards in this year’s edition of our student art and writing contest, the Art of Conservation. For visual arts, Caleb Burt, Olivia MacPherson, Parker Bradlee, Reese McCracken, and Shaun Thomas took home First Place prizes, Kiera McCarthy & Maria Frangos (in collaboration), Kamar Dehaney, Clare Mone, Noah Jones, Kimberly Marques, and Mya O'Neill were awarded Special Distinctions, and Silas Abrams, Margaret Sykes, and Jessie Dlabaj were recognized as VCS Staff Picks. For their writing, Harding Eville won First Place and Amity Harris a Special Distinction. In the Middle School division, First Place was awarded to River Maxner and a Special Distinction to Mathilda Moehnke. Their works can be viewed right now at Featherstone as part of the “love it. protect it. mv” show. Congrats to all!  

Read more about the contest at the VCS website (and view all eight years of art!), or jump straight to this year’s collection. Extra special thanks are due to all the wonderful people who help make the contest a success, year after year: the dedicated teachers of MV Regional High School and Charter School (with special recognition for the hard work of Chris Baer); our excellent judging panel, gallery owner Valerie Francis, photographer Elizabeth Cecil, and painter Gregory Coutinho; and our talented and generous framers, Kathy Morris and Heikki Soikkeli. We couldn’t do it without you!


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