At 9 a.m. on Thursday at the CWC House, Mimi Gallo will conclude the 2014 Chautauqua Speaks series with a presentation on “Women of the Impressionists,” which will continue to spotlight artists; in this case, it will be four French and three American Impressionists.
The annual Stroll Through the Arts fundraiser for art student scholarships will go off with a hitch this year — several hitches, actually. As guests arrive at Fowler-Kellogg Art Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, they will each have a name placed on their backs: one half of a famous artistic couple, like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, for example.
If the love of art could be brewed and bottled, it would be named “Mimi Gallo” after the real Mimi Gallo, a Chautauquan and gifted teacher.
Gallo can communicate enthusiasm, knowledge and love of art and its importance to life and understanding history. Simultaneously, she can motivate students to learn more.
The classroom setting doesn’t matter, whether during Special Studies classes or the 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning Chautauqua Speaks program “Wild Woman Artists.” It is the excitement, the intellectual electricity and sense of discovery which Gallo’s program is certain to engender which matters.