Friends of CVA host second Art in the Park of season

Chautauquan browse the tents at Art in the Park July 2 in Miller Park. The second Art in the Park of the season, held by Friends of CVA, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Miller Park. Jess Kszos/Staff Photographer

Julia Weber
Staff writer

A wide variety of artists and makers — whether they create, alter, repurpose, reuse or restore — are set to pop-up this weekend on the grounds.

Friends of Chautauqua Visual Arts board member Lydia Strohl is excited to uplift local and regional artists for the second edition of Art in the Park this season from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Miller Park.

“There will be a lot of old favorites, and there’ll also be quite a few new people,” she said. “We have everything from the Chautauqua-themed things that people love to buy and take home, to pottery and some photography; a lot of painters.”

The event will welcome almost 100 vendors to the Institution’s grounds and will provide an opportunity for Chautauquans to purchase prints, pet treats and everything in between.

Artists who live on the grounds, artists in residence in the CVA program and artists from nearby areas all participate, as they did for the first edition of the fair on July 2.

Art in the Park wraps up a busy week for Friends of CVA, which hosted its Party on the Arts Quad on Thursday to fundraise for renovations for the Arts Quad buildings.

While the School of Art takes a pause this season amid the search for a new artistic director, the Chautauqua Visual Arts team and Friends of CVA have been busy at work engaging the visual arts in other ways, and exhibitions continue to be staged at Strohl Art Center and Fowler-Kellogg Art Center.

For Art in the Park, Strohl said she looks forward to welcoming a musical component to the event and hopes that community members will partake or otherwise enjoy the music in the park.

Benches situated in the middle of the event will provide a space where musicians are welcome to busk or play music together.

“We’d love to make this a whole festival atmosphere,” `she said.


The author Julia Weber

Julia Weber is a rising junior in Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College where she is majoring in journalism and minoring in art history. Originally from Athens, Ohio, this is her first summer in Chautauqua and she is thrilled to cover the theater and dance performances. She serves as the features editor for Ohio University’s All-Campus Radio Network, a student-run radio station and media hub, and she is a former intern for Pittsburgh Magazine. Outside of her professional life, Julia has a newly adopted cat, Griffin, and she is an avid fan of live music and a dedicated ceramicist.