The Strohl Art Center gallery store offers an array of handcrafted pieces created by variety of artists. From jewelry to scarves to purses, the store offers unique pieces of “wearable art,” said store manager Lynn LeFauve.
Throughout the summer, the NOW Generation, made up of Chautauquans aged 21 to 40, has been hosting a variety of events for young individuals and families. Last Wednesday, the NOW Gen gathered at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center for a gallery reception and exclusive tour of the School of Art’s Annual Student Exhibition
This could have been designed as a sexy show. Well, at least provocative. Maybe PG-13.
Flowers … let me count the ways. From 17th-century Dutch painting to Andy Warhol, flowers have provided inspiration and imagery for countless works of art.
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.
As watercolorist Ann Provan remembers, it was Nov. 1, 1986, when she and her husband, David, a sculptor, first met at a gallery opening in New York City. They were both artists from California who had migrated east.
“An Object of Beauty: Metal / Fiber / Glass,” opening Sunday at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, includes a coping saw made of melted pennies, a crocheted sword from the cartoon “He-Man” and a shovel cast in glass, among other pieces.
Judy Barie, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution’s galleries director, said she was looking for unusual and unexpected objects made of each material — metal, fiber and glass — for the exhibit.
“How often do you see an airplane made of glass?” Barie said, pointing out a piece by Travis Rohrbaugh.
Chautauqua Institution’s first-ever wood art exhibition, “Wood: On and Off the Wall,” is now open.
“I’m a real lover of craft,” said Judy Barie, the Institution’s director of galleries. “I love three-dimensional work, so that was why I chose to open up with a craft show this season.”
The show opened Sunday at Strohl Art Center.
Don Kimes once went 20 years without buying a tube of red paint.
Kimes ran in artistic circles while living in New York City, having become friendly with Barnett Newman, the famed color field painter.
Some years after Newman’s death in 1970, his wife began to clean out his studio. It was 1977 and Kimes was working as a janitor in New York City, when Newman’s widow asked if he knew of anyone who would want her husband’s old paint. Kimes inherited three boxes of Newman’s reds that day, and by 1979 he began working as a program director at the New York Studio School. Kimes now serves as artistic director for Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.
By January, Don Kimes, artistic director of Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, was really biting his nails, worried that the 56th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art might not have a juror. Each season for the past 27 years, Kimes has chosen an art authority to select approximately 25 pieces from a nationally submitted pool of art to display at the Institution.
Kimes had worked with Louis Grachos, the former director of Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., at the end of last year. Together they curated two shows at the Institution on abstraction in America. The final part in the series, “Abstraction in America, part III,” hosted at Strohl Art Center, showcases abstract art from the 1990s to the present.
For the 56th Annual, on display in Strohl’s main gallery through July 15, Kimes thought it would be interesting to invite Albright-Knox’s new director to judge the show, rather than picking a juror in the fall like he has in the past. But things were complicated when the search for Grachos’ replacement took longer than Kimes expected. When Albright-Knox finally announced that Janne Sirén would take the reins of the gallery, Sirén still had to wrap up his five-year tenure at the Helsinki Art Museum. Kimes worried that Sirén wouldn’t have the time to commit to the Annual, but he hoped it would work out. Sirén, a Finnish art professional who received his education in the United States, became famous for ambitious art projects and passionate community engagement.