Young readers who moonlight as young artists are encouraged to come out of the woodwork today. Emily Carroll’s Through the…
Leslie Mathis, Chautauqua Institution’s digital communication manager, believes that Twitter has the ability to create more new connections within Chautauqua Institution’s community.
Though some of her co-workers may not know it, Chautauqua’s digital communications manager is moonlighting — as an artist.
If they didn’t know, they now do, thanks to Leslie Mathis’ painting “Monuments,” featured in the “55th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art,” which closed Thursday.
Mathis grew up just a few miles away from Chautauqua in Cassadaga, N.Y., and worked at the Athenaeum Hotel during college, when she studied illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She moved back a year and a half ago from Virginia and is eager to settle down somewhere, to send her 4-year-old son, Sam, to preschool and to start getting back into the arts community.
Almost everyone struggles to fit all that is Chautauqua into one simple sentence. But that didn’t stop Megan Smith from trying during Friday’s NOW Generation Reception.
“It’s the TED conference, only if it was founded in the 1800s. And lasted all summer,” Smith said.
Smith’s description provides a poignant example of a younger Chautauquan’s search for relevance. NOW Generation seeks to connect those ages 21–50 and to provide the resources to allow them to make Chautauqua pertinent to young people well into the future.
The reception, which took place at 5 p.m. at the President’s Cottage, boasted 150 attendees. The first half-hour of the event was social — a time for people to meet, reunite and chat on the goings-on of Chautauqua.
Tina Downey, director of the Chautauqua Fund, was the first of the evening’s speakers.
“Welcome home,” Downey said. “It’s an amazing summer.”