Mark Boguski first heard about Chautauqua while reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which describes the early traveling…
This week might be dedicated to “Art & Politics” and the more serious side of art. But there is still a place for whimsy, and at 3 p.m. today in the Strohl Art Center, a new show is opening to celebrate it.
After three weeks of toiling in their studios, the work of the art students will be featured in the Chautauqua School of Art Annual Student Exhibition.
A new exhibit at the Fowler-Kellogg Art Center offers twisted takes on traditional representations of flowers in art, featuring floral creations of wood, ceramics and metal rather than the oil and watercolor variety.
In China, each communal dish in a traditional family meal adorns the table deliberately, each bowl of food fulfilling a role as one fragment of the whole meal. Ceramist Paul Donnelly found these meals to be a perfect illustration of utility and design.
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.
Home is where the art is.
Around 30 new art students learned that lesson Sunday when they moved into their summer studios at the School of Art. Even before they’re fully settled in their dormitories in Bellinger Hall, arriving art students participate in the traditional studio lottery.
“When you go to ceramics conferences,” said Peter Beasecker, “you just end up hugging everybody.”
The warmth and generosity of the clay-making community, along with the physical and mental challenge of the craft, is what drew Beasecker to ceramics when he was in high school.
“In the evening school, part of the Toledo Museum of Art, you had to be 17 in order to take classes, so as soon as I turned 17, I started taking classes,” he said.