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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerBrandon Greene, sculpture student at the School of Art, paints a prop in the Arts Quadrangle in preparation for his performance of “Race Riot Rally.”

Art student Greene turns quad into stage for performance art

The seven-week season for School of Art students came to an end Friday, Aug. 9, with a final cleanup of the Arts Quadrangle. Among the final items removed were two black planks suspended with fishing wire and a linked chain — both hanging from a tree.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerBarbi Price collects bottles and recycles them to collect the five-cent refund that New York requires as incentive for recycling. The money she earns benefits a college scholarship fund for the top English student at Jamestown High School.

Price trades bottles, cans for cash for JHS students

Barbi Price, a docent at Chautauqua Institution’s art galleries, has a trunkful of bottles and cans. Sometimes, bags of bottles sit waiting for Price in her driveway when she gets home at night. The bags often come with little notes, saying things like “Here’s a few to help out.”

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerGül Ilgaz’s “Folding Sheets,” 2009

A ‘Familiar’ ring: VACI exhibition of Turkish work serves as artistic reference point for week’s lectures

The view of Turkey in Strohl Art Center is as if at the end of a telescope, condensed close-ups by six women in that crossroad country, six women with six notions, six topic sentences, six ideas. The show then is focused still tighter when squeezed into the intimate Bellowe Family Gallery on the second floor.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerTami Hritzay teaches for the Special Studies young artist program and in March published a children’s book titled Hole in the Wall: J.B. and the Pirates.

VACI Young Artists teacher Hritzay publishes children’s book

Tami Hritzay, an art teacher in the Special Studies Young Artists program at Chautauqua Institution, said she spent 30 years blabbing to everyone about how she wanted to write and illustrate a children’s book.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerAt center, Tom Raneses leads a group discussion on student prints at the beginning of “crit week.”

School of Art celebrates two decades of printmaking

As Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution’s Don Kimes tells it, when he asked the artist Charlie Hewitt to start a printmaking program at the School of Art in the 1990s, Hewitt famously asked, “Can you get your hands on a screwdriver and a rock?”

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerSchool of Art student Aaron Von Seggern sits in his studio awaiting visitors during the school’s annual Open Studios event Monday evening at the Arts Quadrangle.

Chautauquans get sneak peek of artists’ life at Open Studios night

At Open Studios night last Monday at the School of Art, the first thing 7-year-old Jackson Kuhn did was make a beeline for art student Molly Berger’s ceramics studio. He traded a rock he painted — and autographed on the back — for one of her mugs. Kuhn loves ceramics; he takes classes in it through the Special Studies’ Young Artists program, and he started selling painted rocks last year to raise money for a ceramics student scholarship through the Chautauqua Fund.

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Debra Eck’s altered, mixed media book “Magpies” is featured in the VACI Open Members Exhibition. (1)

Community artists take turn exhibiting work for VACI

At the VACI Open Members Exhibition, which opened Monday in Fowler-Kellogg Art Center and runs through Aug. 22, longtime Chautauquan Enid Shames spent several minutes staring at a video piece called “The Aesthetics of Informatics in a Wandering America.” [w/ SLIDESHOW]

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Stanley Lewis, visiting artist at the Chautauqua School of Art, works on an oil painting of Chautauqua Lake, which he’s worked on for three weeks, near University Beach on North Lake Drive Wednesday afternoon.

VACI’s Lewis mines relief sculpture for ideas about painting

Stanley Lewis has served as a visiting artist at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art each year for the past 25 years, but he’s interested in far more than his own work. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

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