Nantucket Arts Nantucket Events

Spirit of the Island

carruthers1Sarah Ellis is celebrating the opening of her new location for her popular shop Scrub Oak at 10 Straight Wharf, which at one time housed the Artists Association’s “Little Gallery,” with an art opening on Friday, July 24 featuring woodcuts by John Carruthers. The exhibit will continue to August 7.

Carruthers’ woodcuts capture the spirit of the windswept landscapes and bustling downtown scenes of Nantucket, the scenic Hudson Valley where he teaches during the school year, and the music that inspires him.

A long-time summer resident of Nantucket, John Carruthers has been coming to the island since 1998. He started teaching art classes at the Artist Association of Nantucket in 2004, and also taught teen art classes at NISDA from 2005-2009. In 2010, John had a busy “wintering through” on the island working as the Teen Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club, as a substitute teacher and tutor, and as the Adult Program Coordinator for the Artist Association.

In 2011, he moved back to NYC, but has continued his summers on Nantucket teaching at the Artist Association and showing in their gallery. In 2013, he won the Mixed Media award, and in 2014, the Randy Goldberger teaching award. He also shows his work at the airport, and at the Nantucket Looms.

Off island, John is the Visual and Performing Arts Chair at The Storm King School in Cornwall-on Hudson, NY, a boarding school in the Hudson Valley.