In 2015, Nantucket Arts Council presented its Merit Award to longtime Nantucket arts leader and former Main Street Gallery owner Reggie Levine. Levine fostered the careers of dozens of artists in his gallery, served hundreds of Nantucket arts patrons and has been instrumental in many local arts initiatives. His longtime leadership of Nantucket Arts Council includes recently co-founding an annual baroque concert on Nantucket, now in planning for its third year. A painter and collage artist himself, Levine is also a professional art conservator and restorer, set designer, actor, lecturer and private collections consultant.
The award, presented occasionally to appropriate recipients, traditionally honors excellence in arts leadership and accomplishments on Nantucket.
Nantucket Arts Council’s fall festival opens Friday, September 30 and closes on Sunday, October 9 of Columbus Day Weekend. This annual festival will celebrate the broad array of arts and culture on Nantucket, with plans are in progress for this year’s celebration to include visual, musical, theatrical, literary, and other fine arts along with appreciation of the island’s historical, architectural, and other cultural assets.
Nantucket Arts Council encourages Nantucket’s many arts and culture groups to begin thinking of special programming during the festival, which in 2015 had the suggested theme of “art of the see," with more than 800 visitors to the centerpiece visual arts exhibit at Sherburne Hall. In all, Nantucket Arts Festival events in 2015 welcomed more than 2,000 admissions to its many events including exhibits, plays, musical performances, opera, video, readings, studio visits and more.
Downtown Celebrity Concerts have been produced by Nantucket Arts Council for over two decades. The productions showcase outstanding professional musicians from the national and international musical scenes, keeping music alive on Nantucket for our year-round residents. Look for announcements soon about this year's series, which will feature monthly concerts from March through May 2016.