Nantucket One Book One Island 2020
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Art and Literature on Nantucket in 2020 OBOI Exhibition

Friday, March 6, a special joint exhibition by The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) and One Book One Island entitled The Word For Our World Is Forest opens with a reception from 5 to 7 pm at the Visual Arts Center (VAC), 24 Amelia Drive. The exhibition will be on display through March 13, and is open weekdays 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, March 7, 10 am to 2 pm (Closed Sunday, March 8).

The genesis of the exhibition is derived from the acclaimed novel The Overstory by Richard Powers, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.  The story unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, showcasing impassioned works of activism and resistance and how a handful of people see that world. 

“The calling-out of the natural world lends its self beautifully to this open-to-all-island artists exhibition highlighting the landscape and vast character of the color green,” said AAN artist director Robert Frazier. “This installation is sure to feature beautiful art, photography, textiles, and some ceramics,” added Frazier.

In partnership with this exhibition, AAN is also offering a “Pop Up Workshop” on Friday, March 6, from 4 to 7 pm where visitors of all ages will explore free-form weaving using natural and found materials. These pieces will ultimately hang in the Atheneum garden as part of the One Book One Island event for all to see and enjoyand we hope many non-member artists will participate in this exciting collaboration,” said AAN youth programming director Elizabeth Buccino.

We are delighted to again be participating in this wonderful community program and thrilled that AAN can contribute to such a celebrated island-wide event,” said AAN public programs director Liz Hunt O’Brien“There are many timely themes to this book that affect us individually and globally, and we’re pleased to be a part of it, added O’Brien.                     

The Word For Our World Is Forest exhibition will be on display Friday, March 6 through Friday, March 13, at the Visual Arts Center (VAC) located at 24 Amelia Drive.  Open weekdays 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, March 7, 10 am to 2 pm (Closed Sunday, March 8).

For those interested in exhibiting their work, please call Peter at the VAC: 508-228-0722. Work needs to be dropped off by Wednesday, March 4, between 10 am and 5 pm. 

For a full schedule of OBOI events, visit the Nantucket Atheneum website.

To learn more about the AAN, visit the website at  For information about the AAN’s 2020 programs and 75th-anniversary events, call 508-228-0722.

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