Windblown: Weathervanes Endure as Folk Art Tradition
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Windblown: Weathervanes Endure as Folk Art Tradition

Weathervane by Frank Adams. New exhibit at museum opens Thursday and runs through February. Mark Lovewell Jimmy and Roberta Morgan’s house in Chilmark is filled with art — much of it their own, including the hand-carved fishing scenes that have become a mainstay in the Vineyard folk-art tradition. Originally made as weathervanes, the slender, wooden depictions of Islanders at sea now adorn many homes on and off the Island. Iconic Menemsha fishing vessel Little Lady, depicted in miniature by Jimmy Morgan. — In a recent interview with the Gazette, Mr. Morgan recalled carving blocks of wood into simple ships as a kid and dragging them by a string around Menemsha Harbor. Later, he continued to find his calling in the sea. “I would have quit school to go fishing, but my mother wouldn’t let me,” he said. It was only a matter of time before he was out of school and running draggers and swordfishing out of Menemsha — a long career on the water that sprouted a decades-long passion for woodworking. A new exhibit at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Windblown: Weathervanes from the Museum’s Collection, features several of Mr. Morgan’s fishing scenes, along with historic weathervanes in the […]

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