Hidden Treasures

WESTFIELD – The Patterson Library’s Octagon Gallery will host a series of events related to “The Hidden Chautauqua,” a solo exhibition by regional landscape painter Thomas Annear. Events will include a reception on Friday from 7-9 p.m., an artist talk, and free plein air painting and nature journaling classes.

Tourists and residents alike know that Chautauqua County is home to fertile vineyards, picturesque orchards and dramatic lake scenes. This exhibition of more than 40 plein air oil paintings, however, explores the hidden gems of Chautauqua’s landscapes – from remote old-growth forests to rare and seasonal flora to spectacular views that are sometimes “hidden” in plain sight. Sites include the swamps at Waterman and Elm Flat, Panama Rocks, SUNY Fredonia’s College Lodge, Leolyn Woods at Lily Dale, and Long Point State Park.

In addition to the opening reception Friday, there will be an artist talk on Tuesday, July 22, from 6-7 p.m. in the Octagon Gallery. During the talk, Annear will provide insights into the creation of selected works, discuss the unique ecosystems of several sites, and address audience questions and comments.

As part of the show’s programming, Annear will offer a series of free plein air painting and nature journaling classes at the SUNY Fredonia College Lodge in Brocton. The painting classes will be held from 5-8 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays starting this week and continuing on July 24 and 31, concluding with a final class on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The journaling class will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, as part of the College Lodge Bio Blitz.

All of the classes and events are free and open to the public. Space in the classes is limited and requires pre-registration. To learn more about the classes or to register, visit The classes are funded through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, which is administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

“The Hidden Chautauqua” will run from through Sept. 12, and is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Patterson Library’s Octagon Gallery is located on South Portage Street in Westfield. For more information about the show or related programming, visit