The Art of Conservation 2015: Painting

First place

Guardian of the Sound

Katherine Reid

12th grade, MVRHS

As a native Islander and the daughter of an avid fisherman, scrimshaw artist, Island nurse and character, fishing has been part of my family life since I was young. I recall watching the rugged fishermen casting off their vessels at the docks in Menemsha to haul in their catches, and watching my father fly fish at the OB Steamship Authority beach, the line whipping through the air with deft precision. Vineyard Sound nestles us in its arms, provides for and protects our lives through our occupations, recreation and nostalgia. The importance of protecting our water is visible even in the very eyes of the island’s inhabitants.

First Prize, sponsored by the VCS Directors

Special Distinction

Broad Reach

Margaret Joba-Woodruff

11th grade, MVRHS

The title is a reference to sailing, when a boat is almost “dead downwind,” but not quite with the wind at its back. This is a metaphor for the severity and desperation of being on the edge of a breaking point, but not quite there yet. As someone who spends eight months of the year on the water, I recognize the significant role water plays in our culture on Martha’s Vineyard. We locals are fishermen, sailors and ship builders, and it is our job to preserve and protect the gift we have of living on an island surrounded by stunning Atlantic water.


Special Distinction, Sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Framing services donated by Martha’s Vineyard Framing