Garden Dialogues 2017: September 16 at Chesterwood!

Photo by Michael Lavin Flower

Photo by Michael Lavin Flower

In partnership with The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Chesterwood is please to announce an exclusive Garden Dialogues event. This year’s Garden Dialogue, September 16 from 4:00-6:00 pm, features Ellen McClelland Lesser, landscape architect and historic horticulturalist; Grigori Fateyev, architect and independent curator of Turn Park Sculpture Park, and Sharon Bates, Founding Director of the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program and curator of this year’s Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood. Facilitated by Executive Director Donna Hassler, the Dialogue will focus on the landscape as a place for respite and earnest art production, as well as a source of continued inspiration for contemporary artists.

Ellen McClelland Lesser of Stuyvesant, New York specializes in 19th century American gardens.  She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied horticulture and landscape architecture.  An internship at Chesterwood followed by a summer position with the Central Park Conservancy working on the Central Park Master Plan had lasting influence her work.  She has done extensive research on the flower-gardens at Olana in Hudson, New York and is the author of the historic landscape report for the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut.  In addition to the study of museum gardens, she is involved in the design and construction of private gardens. She was the Gardening Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine for six years, and taught courses on historic landscapes at New York Botanical Garden for ten years.

Grigori Fateyev is the principal and owner of AF architecture based in Hillsdale, NY. He has designed multiple residential, commercial and municipal projects that have been built in Berkshire and Hudson Valley, including several contemporary artists’ studios. He recently completed construction of the visitor center and gallery at Turn Park Art Space sculpture park, where he now serves as independent curator. Fateyev is a graduate of Cooper Union School of Architecture. He grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia where he studied theater set design at The State Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography.

Sharon Bates is an artist, curator and the founding director of the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program, which has become a national model for public art.  For almost two decades she has curated rotating exhibitions, site-specific projects, and satellite museum exhibitions in the Airport’s gallery and throughout the 250,000-square-foot terminal. Bates serves as the guest curator of Out of Site, Chesterwood’s 2017 outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition.  She has also participated as an exhibiting artist and artist-in-residence. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles (CA), Miami (FL) and throughout the Northeast.

Please go to the Garden Dialogues page on The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s website for further details on participation, including professional development hours for approved attendees.


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