Last Friday night more than 40 friends and fans came to 20 Old Barnes Rd, Oak Bluffs, the home of Stig and Anita Perrsson, to meet Martha's Vineyard artist Jeanne Staples.
Staples sat and spoke with numerous fans about her work and artistic process.
By all accounts it was a rousing success with Staples presenting to an appreciative audience both her artwork and the quilts that she encourages native Haitians to create for sale. Setting the mood was noted island musician Eric Johnson who played classical and jazz compositions on his acoustic guitar.
Eric Johnson hard at work on his guitar.
The event was organized by Vineyard Open House Real Estate to help give visibility to both the artist and the host property which is located at 20 Old Barnes Rd in Oak Bluffs and is currently for sale.
The main house and guest house at 20 Old Barnes Rd., Oak Bluff, Martha's Vineyard.
The property covers nearly two acres and features a stunning 3-BR home, plus 2-BR guest house, deeded access to a private beach and a mooring in the Lagoon. The main house was designed by noted Martha's Vineyard architect Mark Hutker. The asking price is $1.25M. A separate buildable lot adjacent to the property is also available. Request more information about 20 Old Barnes Rd.
The guest house dining/living room, staged by Vineyard Open House.
In preparation for the event, Kristin Zern of Vineyard Open House Real Estate staged the guest house and its two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen and dining/living areas. Request more information about Vineyard Open House events.
The main fireplace at 20 Old Barnes Rd. adorned by a Staples painting.
About Jeanne Staples
View Towards Oak Bluffs by Jeanne Staples.
Jeanne Staples is a classically-trained painter, educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the pre-eminent institution of American realism. A member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, she has taught painting and drawing at the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Rensellaer County Council for the Arts, and was Coordinator of Education for the Empire State Plaza Art Collection and the New York State Governor's Mansion in Albany.
Corner of Cooke Street by Jeanne Staples.
Her interests range from the evocative and timeless landscapes of Martha's Vineyard, where she has lived and worked since 1993, to figurative, narrative work - to more modernist interests with her series of 3-D paintings which explores the nexus of traditional realism and popular culture.
In her free time, Jeanne has founded and serves as Director of PeaceQuilts, a non-profit humanitarian, economic development project to aid poor women in Haiti through the establishment of independent sewing cooperatives creating one-of-a-kind art quilts. Staples is represented by The Granary Gallery.