Vineyard Folk Creative People and Places of Martha's Vineyard

Vineyard Folk

Creative People and Places of Martha's Vineyard

By Tamara Weiss and Amanda Benchley
Foreword by Carly Simon


Price: $50.00

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  • Publication Date: May 30, 2023
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Trim Size: 8 38 x 10 78
  • ISBN: 9781419763816
  • Page Count: 272
  • Illustrations: 150 full-color photographs
  • Rights: World/All

The true soul of Martha’s Vineyard, captured through the eyes of the unique and beloved artisans who live there

Vineyard Folk leads us on an intimate journey into the lives and inspirational places of some of the many talented artists who have always helped make up the larger community of Martha’s Vineyard.

The island, located just seven miles off the coast of Cape Cod, has a long history as geographic muse. Lilian Hellman and William Styron wrote overlooking the Vineyard Haven harbor, and Thomas Hart Benton—whose influence is still felt in island painters today—depicted the stone walls and winding roads of what is known as “up-island” more than a hundred years ago.

Now, a new generation continues to build on these creative legacies, inspired by the island’s diaphanous light, endless beaches, historic towns, and rolling fields and vistas. Vineyard Folk features painters, potters, poets, musicians, writers, and actors and the unique ways they work, live, and play here. From Tiffany Vanderhoop’s hand-beaded earrings based on original Wampanoag designs, to Julie Taymor’s works inspired by the nature around her to Micah Thanhauser’s pottery made from the island’s natural clay and Allen Whiting’s pastoral scenes of his farm, each page is filled with island treasures.

Above all, Vineyard Folk is a love letter to a remarkable island community, an homage to those who came before, and a testament to the current challenges of living on a resort island where the weather can be fierce and the housing scarce. With personal interviews and stunning photography, it is a collage of creativity, resilience, and hope. Come celebrate the artistic island folk of the Vineyard, captured at a golden moment of time that might not last forever.

About the authors

Tamara Weiss lives on Martha’s Vineyard. She is a film producer and interior designer and the author of the Potluck at Midnight Farm cookbook, named after the home store she owned with Carly Simon, her partner. Besides her documentary film, Born into the Gig, she is currently developing a feature film based on a memoir, and a food-travel series for television. All of her projects derive from her creative life on Martha’s Vineyard and the artistic community who live there. Amanda Benchley is an experienced arts and design journalist whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalGalerie, and Introspective Magazine. She is the author of Artists Living with ArtOur Shoes, Our Selves; and Open Studio.