Octagon Gallery announces ‘Hidden Chautauqua’ exhibit

WESTFIELD – The Pat-terson Library’s Octagon Gallery in Westfield will host a series of events related to “The Hidden Chautauqua,” a solo exhibition by regional landscape painter Thomas Annear.

Tourists and residents know 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 Chautau-qua’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.

There will be an artist talk on Tuesday from 6 to 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.

“The Hidden Chautau-qua” will run until Sept. 12, and is open Monday, Wed-nesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 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