Posts Tagged 'Strohl Art Center'

31 nameless orphans, looking for a home

31 nameless orphans, looking for a home

Very few pictures wear name tags. Naming is the province of the caption, or of an oral tradition, sometimes passed on from parents to children, but more often eluding the good intentions of commitment to writing. The boxes of anonymous photographs in most home closets are silent testimony to this nominative failure. Worse yet, consider the images of family and friends banished, orphaned, at estate sales and flea markets, touching evidence of the painfully anonymous tradition of the portrait.

Judy Barie, director of the galleries of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, has opened an image shelter for the nameless at Strohl Art Center, in which she offers 31 unnamed images to patrons ready to provide foster parenting and a new home for only partially identified images.

Yes, there are a few pictures known by first names in the shelter — Allen, Joe, Steve, Trudy, Joe, and Virginia among them. Otherwise, we must be content with Two Headed Man, Small Female Head, Young Bride, and Teens on the Beach.

‘Anonymous’ exhibition provides new insights on subject, viewer of portraits

‘Anonymous’ exhibition provides new insights on subject, viewer of portraits

Portraits are everywhere: George Washington’s profile on the quarter, Greek and Roman statues, the Mona Lisa, wedding photographs, death masks on sarcophagi.

Portraits immortalize. But though they seem to be common, a different side to them emerges in Strohl Art Center this week in “Anonymous: The Contemporary Portrait.”

From 3–5 p.m. today in Strohl is the opening reception for “Anonymous,” a collection of everything that is a portrait without being, in fact, a portrait. Curator and VACI Galleries Director Judy Barie was inspired by Christian Faur, who creates art with thousands of hand-cast crayons, which resolves into images only at a distance.

Dinner, dancing at galleries to support art scholarships

Dinner, dancing at galleries to support art scholarships

Last season, mid-afternoon on Thursday, July 21, the power went out while Lynn LeFauve and Jamie Jamison were in the middle of putting together the VACI Partners fundraising event, Stroll Through The Arts.

“We were in the gallery setting up, and it was really hot, just like it is now, and the electricity went out for 16 hours — the whole grid blew,” LeFauve said. The event’s co-chairs looked at each other: What would they do with the event, the band and all the food?

“The Athenaeum was fabulous,” LeFauve said. “We regrouped and reorganized for Sunday.”

Shadow sculpture artist shines brightly in Strohl

Shadow sculpture artist shines brightly in Strohl

Last week, Collin Everett popped into the Strohl Art Center to drop off a drawing and sign a tax form. Instead, he found himself before a mob of fans.

A man shook his hand, telling him how much he loved the tin-can Rachmaninoff sculpture. A woman pointed from across the Strohl, standing with her children near the shadow of “Mr. Anderson Rebuilt.”

You may have heard of him: 18-year-old Everett, who just graduated as salutatorian from Falconer High School, in Falconer, N.Y., had two pieces accepted into the 55th Annual Chautauqua Contemporary Art Exhibition, and “Rachmaninoff” won the James and Karen Greb Award.