“Beacons of Light,” a traveling art exhibit to support Nobska Lighthouse, will celebrate its opening on Saturday, June 10, from 1 to 4 PM at the keeper’s house at Nobska.
Twenty-eight wooden lighthouses have been decorated by local artists and have beeb hung in the keeper’s house at Nobska for the opening of the show. The lighthouses are 24 inches tall, and started out as unfinished birch veneer plywood. The artists worked in a wide variety of mediums, applying to the wooden templates several kinds of paint, clay, tile, mosaic, and natural materials. Some of the lighthouses are representational and some are abstract. The Falmouth Art Center/Falmouth Artists Guild helped connect a number of artists with Friends of Nobska for the project.
Contributing to the project were Falmouth artists Bobbi Bailin, Valerie Belcher, Jim Bowen, Morgan Chaves, Sally Colacicca, Marjorie Collins, Hillary Osborn, Doug Rugh, Charlotte Harris, Leslie Liechtenstein, Annie Liptak, San Lyman, Tessa Morgan, Karen Rinaldo, Cheryl Rizzico Smith, Susan O’Brien, and Carissa April, as well as Marilyn Elliott Fulton, Mike Griffin, Joe McHugh, Rebecca O’Donnell, Betsy Payne Cook, and Lucy Riley of Mashpee. Students Alexis Atwood, Martha Clark, Becca Cox, Leah Gaziano, Catrina Mutters, and Danielle Shea also contributed lighthouses.
After the June 10 opening at the keeper’s house, the wooden lighthouses will move to Falmouth Public Library, where they can be seen until June 30 whenever the library is open. The lighthouses will then be split up and shown at Coffee Obsession shops in Woods Hole and Falmouth, as well as Starbucks, for the month of July.
The first three weeks in August they will be at the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank in Falmouth and Woods Hole. The last week of August they will return to the keeper’s house, where they will be on display Labor Day weekend.
“Beacons of Light” celebrates the one-year anniversary of the community’s stewardship of Nobska Lighthouse on behalf of the Town of Falmouth. The exhibit will raise awareness in the community for the need to preserve the lighthouse for future generations and raise funds to help the cause. All the lighthouses will be available for purchase in an online auction, a link to which can be found at FriendsofNobska.org.