I was asked to go to Chilmark to interview Jane Slater at her antique shop in Menemsha about an upcoming art show and sale of original ink washes by Adolph Dehn, a Chilmark summer visitor during the 1930s and a regionalist painter. Recently a large body of his work became available to include his Chilmark period, and will be shown for sale at her shop from July 11 to July 13.
Not knowing Jane other than through her Chilmark column in the Gazette, I entered the shop and hung back awhile to see if I could pick her out from among the ladies milling around. My only clue was that I had been told that she’s “a real Yankee.” It did not take long for me to figure that out. From a corner of the shop a woman inquired, “Do you take Discover?” The reply: “You can pay me with anything