Please join us Tuesday nights at 7:00PM 
in The Pebble at Featherstone Center for the Arts for 

Featherstone's 2018 Photographers Salon 
Hosted by Michael Johnson 

FREE and Open to all!

"Photographic artists of note" present their work and give talks on their style, inspiration, and technical aspects of their work. They will display examples of their work to give clarity to their talks; in addition, amateur and other photographic artists will be invited to give "mini presentations" that will be critiqued and discussed by the presenting artist and their peers. This will make it interactive and directly involve the Vineyard’s artistic community.
The evening will be free of charge but contributing to the donation pot by the door is encouraged to support Featherstone Center for the Arts. This will also be a great promotional venue for the presenting artists to "plug" their current work and bring and sell examples of calendars, books, pass out cards and otherwise network with the art buying public,
We hope for each salon to have a diverse range in the styles and techniques and in the artists themselves. It will also give the artists of the Vineyard (year round and summer) a chance to meet and greet and network.  Many have only heard of each other, or have only met in passing. This will create a space for the strengthening of the ties of the Vineyard photographic community.
Each week folks come and some bring artistic projects in progress or finished pieces and we share light refreshments, discussion, networking and the camaraderie  of people of an artistic bent.

It is our hope that these salons will result in artistic presentations, multi-level involvement of the local community, diversity, and strengthening of the artistic community.

2018 Photographers Salon Dates:

July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 14
Time: 7:00pm
Fee: Free!
Location: The Pebble

July 10: Ray Ewing

My work is an investigation into my relationship with land, landscape, site, and space as they apply to my interests in culture as well as my personal history. Through photographs, videos, digital environments, and other media I am parsing apart meanings in architecture, tourism, geography, and history. My cultural interests span from Americana, to ancient Greece and Rome, to sensorial experience of space, to New Medievalism in video games. Whatever the subject is, I am interested in creating allegories for my experience of the world.

Ray Ewing November, 11 2017

Bio: Ray Ewing is a photographer and artist from the island of Martha's Vineyard. Ray received a BFA in photography from Maine College of Art in Portland in 2012 and an MFA in studio art at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 2016. Ray has worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, educator and an exhibiting artist. Ray is currently teaching photography at The College of The Desert in Palm Desert, CA.

As a photojournalist, Ray has received multiple awards for his work with the Martha's Vineyard Gazette. His photographs have been published in Martha's Vineyard Magazine, Edible Vineyard, The Cape Cod Times, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. As an artist, Ray has been a part of multiple national and international group exhibitions as well as two solo shows entitled Visual Stimulus and FAUXASIS

July 17:  Jeremy Dreisen

My parents got me a Kodak Instamatic camera when I was a little kid. I upped my game in high school when my father handed down his Minolta SRT-101 SLR camera and I took a photography course. Everything I learned in that course still serves me well.

Photography has been a wonderful companion as I’ve made my way through life. It’s not so much the “here we are and there it is” school of memento photography, it’s more about “here’s what I saw, here’s how I saw it, and here’s how it made me feel.”

The Vineyard has been a wonderfully supportive place for my photography. I did a one-man photo show in 2017 at The Playhouse Art Space and I’m currently installed at The Simon Gallery in Vineyard Haven. I shot a cover for Vineyard Magazine last year and have contributed work to the local newspapers. Two of my photos are on display at my favorite bar on the planet, The Ritz Café in Oak Bluffs. And there is no shortage of intriguing people and beautiful settings to shoot on our wonderful island.

July 24: Michael Cohen


I love to shoot. Whether it’s around the corner or in a remote corner of the world, there are photographs to be made everywhere. The camera is a great introduction to people I meet, and it breaks down any language barrier almost instantly. Beautiful scenes of nature can be captured, precious moments frozen in time. We all move through our space in the world so fast that we miss some of the most miraculous moments around us. The camera slows me down. It encourages observation. And, when I’m lucky, I get to be in the right place at the right time to capture a sliver of a moment through the lens. For me, photography is a never-ending search for those slivers.



 Michael was born and raised in the Boston area splits his time between Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He and his wife love to travel, ski and spend time on the water. Michael’s early photographic training was journalistic and that influences his style today. His work has won numerous awards, is shown in galleries and hangs in homes across the country. Now retired from the advertising business, Michael also offers pro bono photography to non-profits, so if you know one that needs photography, please let him know.


You can see more of his work and contact Michael at


July 31: Gwen Norton

Gwen Norton draws inspiration for her photography from her international travels as well as places close to home. Her award-winning images focus on varied environments which stir unexpected emotions. She inherited her passion from her father Alton Adams whose recentlydiscovered home photos demonstrate his enthusiasm for photography. Since she was a girl, Gwen recalls “always holding a camera.” In 2013, through the tutelage of internationally renowned fine art photographer Alison Shaw, Gwen delved into her craft. She started shooting digital, but she has recently started to also shoot with film. “I slow down, expose and compose without immediate feedback,” she says, “and, of course, there is the magic of printing in the darkroom.” She lives in New York City and on Martha’s Vineyard with husband Peter Norton. Gwen is currently working on a collection of images where she documents the state of decampment and abandonment in various communities.

August 7: Alison Shaw

Alison has called Martha’s Vineyard home since moving there for “just one summer” after graduating from Smith College in 1975. She spent her first 25 years on the island working for the Vineyard Gazette, where she was a 4-time recipient of New England Press Association’s “Photographer of the Year” award. She also served as Production Manager and Director of Graphics and Design for the Gazette, and Art Director of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Throughout her career, the Vineyard has always provided the primary inspiration and subject matter for Alison’s fine art and editorial photography.Alison has twenty published books to her name, thousands of her fine art photos are in public and private collections, she is regularly published in major magazines, and teaches photography workshops worldwide.

The Alison Shaw Gallery, which Alison owns and runs with her partner Sue Dawson, is located in an old single-engine firehouse in the heart of the Arts District in Oak Bluffs. Sue and Alison also offer a photography mentorship program which they teach together. 

August 14: Open Salon