The theater has backstage tours. The symphony has Q-and-A sessions. The School of Art has open studio night.
Paul Hauth is the guy you call when you need a wasps’ nest removed from the corner of the drawing studio. He’s also the guy you call when you want to learn your way around the welding pad out back.
Call Sharon Louden an artist. She makes prints, large installation pieces and sculptures and has received commissions for public art. Louden also paints, draws and has organized a screening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., featuring abstract animation and film from 1970 to today. Her latest animation — she scans her brush strokes into a computer and her colleague Brian Clyne helps fabricate the animation in programs such as After Effects or Flash — will premiere at the National Gallery in September.
“I’m 49 years old and it took me almost 30 years to get that out of my system,” Louden said, “the idea that I had to identify as a [certain] type of artist.”
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 Lois Jubeck first came to Chautauqua to start her job as managing director of the visual arts programs, she spent the 13-hour car ride lying in the back of a station wagon.
She had given birth to her first child 10 days earlier, and she wasn’t feeling well. But her husband, artistic director Don Kimes, had to be at Chautauqua to start his job, so she loaded the baby into a car seat, the family’s belongings into a U-Haul and got in for the ride.