A Love Note about our logo art collaboration

Althea!

Althea!

Meet: Althea!

Althea Freeman-Miller of Althea Designs is the lovely gal in the photo. Born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard, she has the most beautiful island spirit. She deeply understands that on an island, community and collaboration are more important than ever. We’re all in this together, friends!

So we are ever grateful (but not at all surprised!) that Althea was happy to collaborate with us on this project and to share her beautiful island artwork with us. The island and heart on our logo are a digitized and recolored version of Althea’s original design.

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Althea’s art process

Althea’s art process

althea’s art work

Parts of her style are passed on from her mom (island artist Leslie Freeman, who creates “handmade functional, colorful stonewear pottery”… art you can eat off of!) and of course, some parts are very uniquely Althea.

Incredibly and ever generous with sharing about her methodology, it’s a type of wooden block printing.

One of the amazing things about this way of creating art is that Althea is able to reproduce the same piece of art more than one time, each one unique yet filled with the design and love of the original. This allows the art to be more affordable than it might be otherwise. (Note: Althea also offers custom artwork!)

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Photo from the pre-gallery days when you could find Althea at all the island art shows

Photo from the pre-gallery days when you could find Althea at all the island art shows

truly a must-visit gallery…

New as of 2019 (and long-awaited!!), you can now find a wide mix of Althea’s art at her new gallery.

Located at 34 Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, you can get there easily from the Vineyard Haven ferry.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE VINEYARD HAVEN FERRY:
From the ferry, make a left onto Water Street. You’ll pass by the Black Dog Bakery on your left, then pass the Beach Street Extension. Shortly after, you’ll see Golden Bull Brazilian Steakhouse and Vineyard Caribbean on your left, which is where you’ll make a soft left onto Beach Road. Stay on that side of the road, walk just about maybe 100 feet. For two more landmarks, you’ll first pass the MV Times office just before you see Althea Designs, and you’ll see ArtCliff Diner on the opposite side of the street.

We hope you do indeed stop by, locals and visitors alike. Althea’s art is most definitely island famous but also captures the spirit of Martha’s Vineyard, making it a special item to bring home. For so many reasons, we (Éva & friends) behind the “I Love MVY” project have added Althea Designs to our list of must-visit Martha’s Vineyard treasures!