I want to express my deepest gratitude to all who helped make the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Thrift Shop Chicken Alley Art Sale and the Needle Book Community Couture fashion show the best ever!
Chicken Alley is the place to be, rain or shine this weekend. The annual Art and Collectable Sale is preceded this year by a new event, the Needle Book Fashion Show Community Couture. Both events raise funds for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.
Anyone who’s ever stumbled upon a hidden gem in the Thrift Shop has experienced the thrill of finding treasure amid the stacks of books, games, clothing, kitchen utensils and other odds and ends. The annual Chicken Alley Art Show, set for this Sunday afternoon and now in its sixth season, offers customers the opportunity to purchase the finest art and craft items culled from the shelves over the past year. The proceeds from the event have grown from $3,000 to $40,000 in five years, with all earnings benefitting Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.
Sandy Pratt and Dolly Campbell, manager and assistant manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Thrift Shop, are cutting prices in an attempt to clear as much merchandise from the store as they can. They need to make way for the yearly Chicken Alley Art Show.
The event, in its eighth year, was conceived by Olga Hirshhorn, whose late husband Joseph Hirshhorn founded the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
The ninth annual Chicken Alley Art and Collectibles Sale is this Sunday, August 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. under the tent at 38 Lagoon Pond Road in Vineyard Haven.
At this popular summer sale, the Thrift Shop is transformed into an art gallery extraordinaire, with oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, collages and prints by artists well-known and unknown. Vintage clothing and jewelry, as well as collectibles of all varieties, are snapped up in this once-a-year sale.
Nestled among the framed paintings and portraits on display at the Chicken Alley Art and Collectibles sale, which was held on August 15 to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, a large poster stood out for its bright yellow background, bright red lettering, and striking image of a pouncing tiger, claws and teeth bared.
It was a 1940s Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus poster, and a rare find among the similarly unique items that made up the show.