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With Portraits of Artists at Work, New Exhibit Celebrates Creative Process - Vineyard Gazette

Artist jack Yuen stands by his portrait, painted by Elizabeth R. Whelan, at the event Artists in Art
July 24, 2017 - Chloe Reichel

"Elizabeth Whelan’s voice was hoarse. Her seven-hour marathon art opening on Saturday was about halfway through and already she had done a lot of talking. Suesan Stovall, in person and in paint, and Elizabeth Whelan. — Jeanna Shepard Every 15 minutes on the dot, she made her way over to one of the 24 artist displays in the Grange Hall and spoke about the work. Then she unveiled a portrait she had painted of the artist. “I was an illustrator and graphic designer, and when I switched over to fine art, I didn’t have a clue,” Ms. Whelan said. “I decided I wanted to come up with a way to thank them, but helping to promote them too.” So Artists in Art was born. The exhibition was aptly named — as much as it was a showcase for two dozen Island artists..." READ MORE

An Act of Surprise and Delight - Martha's Vineyard Times

Ross Gannon and artist Elizabeth Whelan with portrait of Ross, at the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway
June 10, 2015 - Gwyn McAllister

"Last Thursday, artist Elizabeth Whelan presented boatbuilder Ross Gannon with his portrait during a public unveiling at the Gannon & Benjamin Shipyard in Vineyard Haven. It was the very first time that Mr. Gannon was seeing the painting, an image of the boatbuilder at the helm of his wooden sloop Eleda, clearly relaxing and enjoying a sail on a beautiful Vineyard day. “I was shocked at the likeness,” says Mr. Gannon. “I didn’t know what to expect..." READ MORE

Elizabeth Whelan paints painters for an upcoming show - Martha's Vineyard Times

Suesan Stovall and Elizabeth R. Whelan with portrait of Suesan at Artists in Art
July 19, 2017 - Gwyn McAllister

"It won’t just be the artwork, but the artists themselves who will be the focus of a unique exhibit at the Grange Hall this weekend. Elizabeth Whelan has put together a group show featuring the work of 24 local painters and illustrators, accompanied by portraits of the two dozen artists painted by Ms. Whelan. Every 15 minutes during the day, she will unveil a portrait — displaying it for the first time to the public as well as to the subject. “I had the idea about a year and a half ago,” says Ms. Whelan. “I wanted to do it as a sort of thank-you to all of the artists who have given me help over the years — showing up at openings or giving me advice on hanging work or just generally being supportive. I thought that the best thing that I could do to help out the artists was to give them a little promotion.” Among the participants are established professionals such as Ken Vincent, Jeanne Staples, and Max Decker, as well as up-and-coming painters like RISD student Jack Yuen. Also included are a couple of illustrators — Omar Rayyan and Dan Cooney — whose work is not the usual gallery fare..." READ MORE

Howie's portrait and the blizzards of 2015 - Cynthia Riggs

color study of Howie Attebery for portrait by Elizabeth Whelan
The winter blizzards of 2015 caused humor and havoc with a portrait commission! Cynthia kept her readers abreast with the following posts:

"Howie's Portrait -- The other day, Mark Attebery, Howie’s son, and I were discussing my proposed Christmas and birthday present to his dad..." READ MORE

"Follow-up on the Portrait -- Elizabeth Whelan, the artist painting Howie’s portrait, planned to come to the Vineyard to talk to Howie..." READ MORE

"Island to Island Mail Service -- An excerpt of correspondence between Elizabeth Whelan, who lives on one of the Elizabeth islands, and me..." READ MORE

All's well that ended well, though, as the portrait was indeed completed and delivered to great approval!

Geraldine Brooks and other Vineyard women honored at Stina Sayre Design - Martha's Vineyard Times

Author Geraldine Brooks stands beside her portrait painted by artist Elizabeth Whelan
August 26, 2015

"Last Saturday artist Elizabeth Whelan presented her latest portrait unveiling, “Island Women in Portrait,” to an enthusiastic crowd at Stina Sayre Design’s Boutique and Design Studio on Main Street in Vineyard Haven. The exhibit, which featured five newly painted portraits of five women from the Vineyard community, as well as new landscapes, will remain on display through Friday, August 28. Ms. Whelan has spent the past few months capturing several Vineyard women through art in oils on canvas..." READ MORE

Elizabeth Whelan captures the Island on canvas - Elaine Miller & Partners Realty

Howard Miller detail from portrait by Elizabeth R. Whelan
In 2014 and again in 2015, Elizabeth Whelan donated a portrait as an auction item for the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams fundraiser, which benefits the Martha's Vineyard Community Services organization. Elaine Miller was the winning bidder in 2014, and writes this blog post about their experience.

"Recently I commissioned a portrait of my husband Howard from Elizabeth Whelan, an artist who lives on Cuttyhunk Island, just off Martha’s Vineyard. Each summer for 36 years Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, the Island’s largest human services provider, has held the Possible Dreams Auction where generous summer and year-round residents donate items and experiences to support the organization. Last year’s dreams ranged from a trip to the Greek Isles and the south of France to the..." READ MORE

Elizabeth Whelan unveils a ‘Slice of West Tisbury’ - Martha's Vineyard Times

Waiting for the next unveiling by artist Elizabeth Whelan at the West Tisbury Library show 'A Slice of West Tisbury'
May 11, 2016 - Gwyn McAllister

"Painter Elizabeth Whelan is honoring the town where she lived for a number of years with a show called “A Slice of West Tisbury,” currently on display at the West Tisbury library through the end of the month. The exhibit includes five portraits of people who are closely associated with West Tisbury, and a series of oil sketches of the town’s landscapes. The opening on Friday, May 6, was the latest in a series of unveiling events..." READ MORE