Once upon a time, Errol Willett worked with clay in a workshop.
It was just for a little while. Afterward, he continued on with his life, exploring practical paths toward a defined career. But he couldn’t forget about his time with the clay.
Making art is a struggle.
That’s a lesson Lisa Jakab has learned in her two summers as a School of Art student at Chautauqua. Last summer, Jakab’s first at the Institution, she had an inspiration the first day and ran with it. But this summer, she didn’t get so lucky.
A blue streak of artwork will take over the Strohl Art Center for the next five weeks.
“Out of the Blue,” which will have its opening reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today in the Strohl Art Center, features work from eight artists in all different shades of blue. Judy Barie, director of galleries and curator of the show, said this will be Chautauqua’s first monochromatic-themed show.
Denise Bibro has a case for the arts.
Bibro, owner of Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea, N.Y., will lecture at 7 p.m. tonight in the Hultquist Center. She will talk about the lessons she’s learned and experience she’s garnered from the 25-plus years she’s spent in the art business and the current art market — a market that, she admits, is difficult. Economic situations worldwide have changed what buyers and collectors are looking for and what types and quantities of pieces are selling.
It’s a concept that serves as a synonym of sorts for hope and opportunity, a chance for students who wish to expand their minds to study and learn in places they may not otherwise be able to afford.
Elaine King will deliver her lecture, “Artists, Nature and Environmental Change” at 7 p.m. tonight in the Hall of Christ.
King, who is an art critic and historian and a professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, said her lecture will focus on artists’ portrayal of nature within a historical context. But the discussion will not focus strictly on paintings or pastel colors — it will be a broader dialogue about the evolution of the natural world and current environmental problems.
The walkway in front of Strohl Art Center has become a work of art in itself.
Chautauquans Lowell and Rebecca Strohl felt the outside of the recently constructed art facility needed an extra touch to make it inviting to passersby. They collaborated with Judy Barie, director of galleries for Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, and Mike Conroe, an architect from Buffalo, N.Y., to spice up the walkway.
Imagination is a wonderful thing.
When ideas exist only in the imagination, they have the potential to go anywhere. Be anything. They exist only in feelings and senses and thoughts and are completely at the mercy of the imaginer.
Such the wonder of a new way of being in the world: the proposals that remake our visions, rare celebrations like the turn toward abstraction in art during the last century.
Humankind at its best suggests new worldviews — that our ground is round instead of flat, for instance, and it is a shared amazement, like the suggestion that a star is at the center of things rather than us. And with these understandings, we are transformed.
And how we love our animals.
We tame them. We worship them. We sleep with them. We admire them. We eat them. We use them for sport, for fashion, for profit. We nurture them, cultivate them, hunt them, kill them. They are devils. They are gods.
I’m sorry, but this show is just not the way it is supposed to be.
It’s off-kilter, sometimes upside-down and usually topsy-turvy.
Give this 54th version of Chautauqua’s juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art a nudge and it would tumble over the line, across that careful border that too often marks what is right for art and what is supposedly not.