Artist Reception: Elliott Bennett

The photography of Elliott Bennett will be on display in the library’s Community Room throughout the month of January. Join us for a reception on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 12-1:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Up Close and Personal
Elliott Bennett’s Photographs

Island resident and photographer Elliott Bennett’s images of the natural world will be on display in the Community Room of the West Tisbury Library for the month of January. Her photos document her lifelong appreciation of science and nature, and in particular, her love of the Vineyard outdoors.

“Martha’s Vineyard has been my home for the past 27 years, and has fueled my passion for the ocean and island ecology,” says Elliott. “I am always looking for ways to invite the natural world into my life, and over the last couple of years I have enjoyed exploring Martha’s Vineyard through the lens of a camera, delving into close observation of organisms and their habitats. Throughout the Covid pandemic, I embraced the isolation and formed a deeper connection to my artistic side with my camera as my medium.”.

Elliott’s earliest memories recall the impact that nature has had on her thinking and creativity. She remembers that when she was 4, “ I renamed myself Leaf Grass to let people know how special this world was to me.” 

In college she wanted to study “the complex interactions of the natural world,” and received degrees in Zoology, Botany and Microbiology. Elliott has been fortunate to travel the world working within those disciplines.  She has sailed the Atlantic creating a census of Beaked whales, kayaked in the Pacific as part of a project to protect California sea otters and their habitat, studied Lava lizards in the Galapagos islands, and banded birds all over. She adds, “I have collected mushrooms in the Appalachians, planted trees in Costa Rica, and propagated endangered plants in the Susquehanna Valley. All the while, what I experienced and noticed was being recorded in my journals and photographs.”  

The show is free and open to the public during library hours, from 10am to 6pm Monday through Thursday, 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, and Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. A reception will be held Sunday, January 8, from 12 to 1:30 pm and is open to the public.


Jan 08 2023


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm