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Elizabeth Whelan unveils a ‘Slice of West Tisbury’ - Martha's Vineyard Times

Another wonderful article by newspaper reporter and writer Gwyn McAllister, this time about Elizabeth Whelan's 2016 West Tisbury portrait show.

"Painter Elizabeth Whelan is honoring the town where she lived for a number of years with a show called “A Slice of West Tisbury,” currently on display at the West Tisbury library through the end of the month. The exhibit includes five portraits of people who are closely associated with West Tisbury, and a series of oil sketches of the town’s landscapes. The opening on Friday, May 6, was the latest in a series of unveiling events..." READ MORE

Elizabeth Whelan captures the Island on canvas - Elaine Miller & Partners Realty

In 2014 and again in 2015, Elizabeth Whelan donated a portrait as an auction item for the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams fundraiser, which benefits the Martha's Vineyard Community Services organization. Elaine Miller was the winning bidder in 2014, and writes this blog post about their experience.

"Recently I commissioned a portrait of my husband Howard from Elizabeth Whelan, an artist who lives on Cuttyhunk Island, just off Martha’s Vineyard. Each summer for 36 years Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the Island’s largest human services provider, has held the Possible Dreams Auction where generous summer and year-round residents donate items and experiences to support the organization. Last year’s dreams ranged from a trip to the Greek Isles and the south of France to the..." READ MORE

Howie's portrait and the blizzards of 2015 - Cynthia Riggs

The winter blizzards of 2015 caused humor and havoc with a portrait commission! Mystery writer Cynthia Riggs had commissioned Elizabeth Whelan to paint her husband's portrait, however neither had counted on the ice or the post office to create so much blog fodder! Cynthia kept her readers abreast with the following posts:

"Howie's Portrait -- The other day, Mark Attebery, Howie’s son, and I were discussing my proposed Christmas and birthday present to his dad..." READ MORE

"Follow-up on the Portrait -- Elizabeth Whelan, the artist painting Howie’s portrait, planned to come to the Vineyard to talk to Howie..." READ MORE

"Island to Island Mail Service -- An excerpt of correspondence between Elizabeth Whelan, who lives on one of the Elizabeth islands, and me..." READ MORE

All's well that ended well, though, as the portrait was indeed completed and delivered to great approval!

An Act of Surprise and Delight - Martha's Vineyard Times

Newspaper reporter and writer Gwyn McAllister wrote this lovely piece about Elizabeth Whelan's 2015 portrait unveilings!

"Last Thursday, artist Elizabeth Whelan presented boatbuilder Ross Gannon with his portrait during a public unveiling at the Gannon & Benjamin Shipyard in Vineyard Haven. It was the very first time that Mr. Gannon was seeing the painting, an image of the boatbuilder at the helm of his wooden sloop Eleda, clearly relaxing and enjoying a sail on a beautiful Vineyard day. “I was shocked at the likeness,” says Mr. Gannon. “I didn’t know what to expect..." READ MORE