Partners’ fundraiser provides financial support for art students

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.

Stroll Through the Arts will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Strohl and Fowler-Kellogg art centers. Tickets are $75 and are available in the Strohl Art Center.

This yearly event, held by the VACI Partners, benefits the Chautauqua School of Art, said Amy Mead, chair of the event.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event goes to art scholarships,” she said.

Twelve School of Art scholarship students contributed pieces for the silent auction.

“People can actually come meet some of the art students who are benefiting from the art scholarships,” she said.

The auction mainly includes pieces that correspond with this summer’s exhibitions, like a Montana totem for “Into the West” and memberships to the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo for the Charles Burchfield exhibit, she said.

The mission of the Partners is to “promote awareness, education, appreciation and excellence of the Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution.” Events like Stroll Through the Arts help do this and help support the School of Art and the galleries, Mead said.

Besides the silent auction, there will live music and food catered by the Athenaeum Hotel.

“It should be a wonderful event,” Mead said.