“Art by a Native” reads the sign at the door of Michetti Art, the gallery that Paul and Mary Michetti opened this spring in one of the former shucking shacks on Old South Wharf. The gallery displays Paul’s artwork and he is indeed a native Nantucketer. He doesn’t have Mary’s pedigree (she can trace her lineage to the first English settlers), but Paul knows the island like the back of his hand. A skilled finish carpenter and self-taught artist, he’s also an avid fisherman and archery hunter. In winter, the couple searches for antlers shed by the island’s small deer. Their finds march along the upper edge of the gallery walls, a perfect complement to Paul’s images of Nantucket wildlife.
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