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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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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerMary Khosh poses with her grandchildren who illustrated a book of poems written by her mother, Mattie Paul Sivert. Standing, from left to right: Khosh, Claudia Morse, Nathan Phillips, Ben Granger, Dan Charles, Will Morse, Caroline Granger. Seated: Charlotte Morse, Jonathan Phillips, Natalie Charles, Henry Morse.

The family that illustrates together stays together

Last summer, Chautauquan Mary Khosh planned the annual group art project for her 10 visiting grandchildren. They would illustrate the poems, rhymes and limericks that their great-grandmother Mattie Paul Sivert — Khosh’s mother — wrote many years ago. Their illustrations would be incorporated into a publication, a sort of conversation across generations and a way of preserving family history. The 10 children, ranging in age from 3 to 20, would meet their great-grandmother’s wit and humor for the first time; their illustrations would be their understanding of those traits.

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VACI’s Kimes to share stories, life’s work for Women’s Club

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.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerAmber Scoon is the author of Quantum Art.

Former art school student Scoon to discuss new book

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.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerAttendees of the Chautauqua School of Art’s Annual Student Exhibition discuss an untitled piece by ceramics student Emily Harki, a piece that sold for for $1,000. The exhibition runs through Thursday at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center.

Student artists become professionals, sell work from Fowler-Kellogg Exhibition

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.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerArtist Trina Turturici listens to music by Unknown Mortal Orchestra while she works in her School of Art studio late into Thursday evening in preparation for her work being displayed in the School of Art Annual Student Exhibition at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, opening Sunday.

Annual Student Exhibition showcases summer of School of Art work

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.

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