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Once On This Island


An exhibition celebrating the tradition of artists living and working on Shelter Island,  featuring the work of:

Karen Arm, John Chamberlain, Janet Culbertson, Willem de Kooning,

Jules Feiffer, Margaret Garrett, Alan Shields, and Ned Smyth


Curated by Margaret Garrett


June 5 - September 7, 2022

Shelter Island Historical Society 

16 South Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11965


Exhibition Hours: Wed - Fri 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

or by appointment: (631) 749-0025 or

View a pdf of the Catalogue

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Schedule of Talks:

                                                                  July 14 : Curator’s Talk with Margaret Garrett

                                                                  July 28 : Artist’s Talk with Karen Arm, Janet Culbertson and Ned Smyth

                                                                  Aug 4 : Artist’s Talk with Jules Feiffer

                                                                  Aug 11 : Discussion on Alan Shields' Work with Vicki and Jason Shields

All Talks at 6PM, Doors Open at 5:30 PM. Suggested Donation $5


SHELTER ISLAND, NY – In honor of its 100th anniversary, the Shelter Island Historical Museum presents “Once On This Island,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists who have lived and worked on Shelter Island. Curated by Margaret Garrett — who is also one of the eight featured artists, along with Karen Arm, John Chamberlain, Janet Culbertson, Willem de Kooning, Jules Feiffer, Alan Shields and Ned Smyth — the selection of paintings and sculptures dates from the 1950's to the present day.

Artists have long flocked to the East End of Long Island, drawn by the quality of its light. Shelter Island exerts a particular pull, luring artists with its independent spirit and quiet beauty. “Once On This Island” celebrates these artists’ unique vision and the breadth of their stylistic interests, from abstract paintings, prints, sculptures, and works on handmade paper to drawings and bronzes inspired by the natural world. Within this variety, however, a common theme emerges: the influence of the island itself — whether these artists spent a single season here or chose to make it their permanent home.

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