59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

Open Permanently

The Spotlight Gallery is a continuing exhibition series that explores the scope of the Museum's wonderful collection. The rotating exhibition features seldom seen objects and oral histories chosen by the curators for an in-depth look. Visitors will see these objects which are individually compelling but without an over-arching narrative theme. Objects will be frequently changed out through the gallery, giving visitors the opportunity to see something new on every visit to the Museum.

Check back frequently for more information about what will be featured next in the Spotlight Gallery.

now on exhibit in THE SPOTLIGHT GALLERY:

Olive "Cutie" Bowles and the Shearer Summer Theater
August 8 - September 30


When Olive “Cutie” Bowles was asked why she moved to Oak Bluffs, she replied:  “I wanted to find a place where I could be myself, develop, and paint.” She did paint, but she also found herself performing in a vibrant theater group led by friend and neighbor Liz White.  The Shearer Summer Theater put on around 10 performances over half a decade and is remembered for its lively and entertaining performances on the porches and lawn of Liz’s cottage in the Highlands. This exhibit explores the work of the Shearer Summer Theater and Olive’s roles in it.

To learn more about Olive as a painter make sure to visit the exhibit on her work at the Oak Bluffs library in August.



AIRE MV Paints the Marine Hospital
October 6 - October 21

Spooky/Not Spooky
October 24 - November 11

Lois Mailou Jones: Recent Acquisitions
November 14 - December 2

Merry and Bright: Holiday Cards from the Collections
December 5 - December 23