Home is where the heart is, as the old saying goes, but in the works by the six artists currently on view at the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, home and heart appear to coexist warily, like estranged spouses under the same roof.
Think of Gina Burnett as the unofficial artist in residence of Chautauqua Institution’s Amphitheater. Burnett, wrapping up her third season as an Amphitheater usher, has the responsibility of scanning patrons into the Amp for the morning lecture and cleaning up after they leave. She has turned that clean-up process into an art project.
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.
In her first trip to Chautauqua Institution, visiting artist Julie Heffernan will paint a poster for an environmental protection campaign.
Don Kimes is known to Chautauquans as an artist, teacher and mentor. But at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the Women’s Clubhouse, Kimes will share another side of himself: the storyteller.
Amber Scoon was a student at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art in 1999. She returns to Chautauqua to discuss her first book, which came out in May. Scoon dedicated the book to Don Kimes, artistic director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, for introducing her to the world of contemporary art and to art as an academic study. She also studied with Kimes while earning her master’s at American University.
In an untitled piece, ceramics student Emily Harki attached crumpled squares of porcelain to several long wires, which she twisted into curls and drilled into two white wooden panels. Harki’s monochromatic piece, which measures the size of a small billboard, sold for $1,000 at the Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition. It’s the most expensive sale from the student art show so far.
The annual Stroll Through the Arts fundraiser for art student scholarships will go off with a hitch this year — several hitches, actually. As guests arrive at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, they will each have a name placed on their backs: one half of a famous artistic couple, like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, for example.
After just 22 days of working in their studios this season, the School of Art students are ready to put on a show: the School of Art Annual Student Exhibition, which fills the first and second floors of Fowler-Kellogg Art Center. It opens Sunday with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
Most galleries need a week to take down one exhibit and install the next. With only nine weeks in Chautauqua Institution’s season, Strohl Art Center does not have the luxury of time.