Vineyard Folk Creative People and Unexpected Places of Martha's Vineyard

Vineyard Folk

Creative People and Unexpected Places of Martha's Vineyard


Price: $60.00

  • Publication Date: May 30, 2023
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 9781419763816
  • Page Count: 276
  • Illustrations: 150 full-color photographs
  • Rights: World/All

A stunning look inside the gorgeous homes and creative spaces of Martha’s Vineyard, capturing the true soul of Vineyard life and the artisans who live there

While the Hamptons has stolen all the attention as the chic summer spot, a secret society of tastemakers and creatives have chosen the lower-key island of Martha’s Vineyard to hone their crafts and make their homes. The picturesque island just six miles off the coast of Cape Cod has a long history as a geographical muse for artists and writers: Lillian Hellman and William Styron wrote while overlooking the Vineyard Haven harbor, and Thomas Hart Benton painted the winding roads of what is known as “Up-island” more than 100 years ago.

Vineyard Folk reveals how a new generation continues to build on these creative legacies, resulting in homes as unique and diverse as their creators. Directly informed by their personalities and the varied island landscapes, the result is a mix of weathered, sea-side ambience, cutting-edge design, and New England tradition. From modern glass houses overlooking the red cliffs of Aquinnah and jewel-box fishing cottages in Menemsha to rambling farmhouses behind Chilmark’s hand-built stone walls, the candy-colored Victorians of Oak Bluff’s historical African American community, and stately 19th-century whaling Captain mansions in Edgartown, all the homes have stories to tell and inspiration to share.

Contributor list: Nettie Kent and Colin Ruel: painter and jewelry designer / Menemsha and Chilmark; Allen Whiting: painter-farmer / W Tisbury; Mark Chung and Eric Coles: store owners, designers, and curators / Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluff; Micah Thanhauser: ceramist / Tisbury; Rose Styron: poet, writer, and human rights advocate / West Chop; Lexie Roth and Eva Faber: chef, actress, singer-songwriter, and food-truck owner / Tisbury, camp behind Micah Thanhauser; Gogo Ferguson and David Sayre: jewelry designer and building designer, jack of all trades / Chilmark; Carly Simon: singer-songwriter and painter / Tisbury; Zach Pinerio: woodworker / Chappaquidick; John Forté and Lara Fuller: musician, producer, pot farmer, and photographer / Chilmark; Valerie Francis: art curator, Knowhere Gallery / Oak Bluffs; Kara Taylor: painter and gallerist / Chilmark; Margot Datz: painter, illustrator, and muralist / Edgartown; Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal: playwright, director, screenwriter, and composer / Chilmark and Squibnocket; Juli Vanderhoop: baker/chef of Orange Peel Bakery, Wampanoag Indian, and town select person / Aquinnah; Amy Brenneman and Brad Silberling: actor, screenwriter, and director / West Tisbury waterfront; Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub: actress/artist and actor / Chilmark; Krishana Collins: flower farmer / Chilmark; Kate Taylor: singer-songwriter and painter / Aquinnah and Chilmark

About the authors

Amanda Benchley is an experienced arts and design journalist whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Galerie, and Introspective Magazine. She is the author of Artists Living with Art; Our Shoes, Our Selves; and Open Studio. Tamara Weiss is a lifelong Vineyard resident, the owner of Midnight Farm (with her partner Carly Simon), and a local interior designer. She is the author of Potluck at Midnight Farm Cookbook, and has produced a number of films and TV shows, including the documentary Born to the Gig, the upcoming biopic on Carly Simon, Boys in The Trees, and a food/travel series with actor and photographer Tony Shalhoub.