The most painted building in the United States is a small, red fishing shack in Rockport, Massachusetts, known to the art world as Motif Number One. While each of the paintings is of the same building, each painter's work is different: Watercolor or acrylic, focusing on a distinct angle or time of day, lines that are straighter or more crooked and a selection of colors that vary in brilliance.

It shows how no two artists can represent a subject exactly the same way.

Now, a new show at the Martha's Vineyard's Featherstone Center for the Arts takes the same approach. Conversations in Art features artists from a variety of disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture and even the culinary arts.

Conversations in Art is on display at the Featherstone Center for the Artsnow until August 18th.


Gavin Smith - Private chef based on Martha’s Vineyard and photographer.

Michael Rottman - Chef at the Outermost Inn in Aquinnah and painter.

Ann Smith - Executive Director of the Featherstone Center for the Arts.

Half of My Heart by Michael Rottman (painting) and Beet by Gavin Smith (photo).
Franziska Monahan WGBH