Book Talk with Jane Dreeben
Wednesday, July 6th, from 6-7:00pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a book talk with author Jane Dreeben. Jane will present her new book The Urge To Create: Vineyard Portraits. The event will feature bird photographer and ceramist Sarah Mayhew, painter Kenneth Vincent, author Jennifer Tseng, and other West Tisbury artists who are featured in the book. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is free and open to the public.
The island of Martha’s Vineyard is home to a thriving and diverse creative community. The Urge To Create: Vineyard Portraits is a collection of 50 written and photographic profiles of island artists and creative people. The subjects were chosen for the persistence and passion they bring to their creative art or arts. Intensive interviews were conducted, audio recorded and transcribed. Drawing on an oral history tradition, a written profile was developed drawing only on the spoken word of each subject. The written profiles were paired with photographic portraits, taken by island photographers both budding and professional. The Urge To Create: Vineyard Portraits is an homage to the creative spirit of these generative artists, quietly persistent and transformative. A portion of the proceeds of the book will be donated to Featherstone Center for the Arts.
Jane Dreeben has been involved with various collaborative arts projects over the past ten years. She currently produces musicals in partnership with island young people and their families as benefits for Vineyard nonprofits.She has also worked as a teacher, administrator, board member, fundraiser and psychologist.