The visual arts will have a role in this year’s inter-arts collaboration, with images projected on large, moving sails that act as a narrative thread throughout the performance.
This year’s Stroll Through the Arts will bring back the silent auction, with all the objects correlating to the themes of this summer’s gallery exhibitions.
For Jean Bailey Gaede, the history of Chautauqua Institution is a family affair, one that began at the turn of the century when her grandfather became the director of the School of Art.
Predictions of sunny weather for this weekend have both the coordinators and vendors of this summer’s first Art in the Park excited and hopeful that rain and gray skies will not damper the popular event.
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.
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?”
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.
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]
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.