Sometimes one wonders where the art is in the Artist Village of Altos de Chavón? Right now, and for the next few weeks for all to enjoy, is the Art Gallery’s most “Chavón” show. Basically, it’s the work of the school’s (the Chavón School of Design) current Fine Arts students. The gallery is showcasing some works […]
Author Archives: Stephen Kaplan
“Relations” by outstanding Chavón graduate Mildor Chevalier on display in Santo Domingo
In June 2017, Mildor Chevalier was awarded the coveted United States 01 visa for exceptional talent in the arts. His rise to recognition and continuing success in the highly competitive field of fine arts in New York City is a remarkable story with Altos de Chavón’s School of Design at its heart.
Roberto Copa’s Drawings and Watercolors: A 10-day show of never-before- exhibited work
Everyone who knows Altos de Chavón knows that the Italian set designer and stylist Roberto Copa, who died in Rome in 2010, was the genius behind the look of the place, its inimitable romantic cobblestone alleys and picturesque buildings. Each stone, every pebble’s placement, was overseen by this intensely dedicated designer. His obsessive vision is […]
Stefan Sagmeister’s Inspiring Lecture on “Why Beauty Matters” and his visit to Altos de Chavón
When the superstars of the world of art and design shine in Chavón it is truly illuminating. This past weekend mega talent Austrian born, New York City based, Stefan Sagmeister, enlightened an audience of 300 at the Agora cinema with his take on “Why Beauty Matters”. His words and examples ranged from architecture to painting, […]
Stephen Kaplan’s thoughts on the Future of the Chavón School of Design
As the school year has come to a close, and we celebrated the 32nd graduation of the Altos de Chavón School of Design students, Casa de Campo Living takes a look into Fall with thoughts from Stephen Kaplan, director of the school, and what exciting new things are to be expected for the Chavón campus […]
ESTILO 2015: A taste of what’s to come
Once again the work of the students of the Fashion Majors at Altos de Chavón have been honored with an invitation to show their designs at the prestigious Dominican Fashion Week, in Santo Domingo (October 2015). That important invitation trumps having a show this year at Casa de Campo- too costly to do both.
Take home a Tagine Cooker from the Chavón Ceramic Workshop & you won’t be sorry! By Stephen Kaplan
Chavón’s tagine (or tajine, pronounced ta-jean) cookers are no small wonder. I’ve discovered that North African tagine is one of my favorite dishes. It is a stew that often contains meat and a fruit, coriander, cumin, and other aromatic spices. There are dozens of online recipes.
Mene Santana: A Prodigal Chavonero Returns
Lanky, quick to smile, and charming as ever, Mene Santana in many ways seems unchanged from the youth I remember studying in Altos de Chavón some 30 years ago.
A boar, but not boring! The Art Chavón fundraising evening
Anyone who thinks the most recent Art Chavón night was just another show full of figurative studies and portraits is mistaken. The night—March 13th, and a Friday, at that—shimmered with new and unusual additions to the work for sale. Plenty of work sold, and the show seemed to be to the taste of the 150 […]
Graduation celebrates School of Design’s third decade
The 2014 commencement of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, to take place on Saturday, May 17, marks 30 years since the institution’s first graduates took their place in the world of art and design professionals.
Fermín Ceballos: Persistent Dreams, “not to be missed” says Stephen Kaplan
In his current exhibition, on the top floor of The Gallery in Altos de Chavón, Fermín Ceballos bares his soul in a series of large, cathartic paintings on tarred canvases. Thematically, the works are a kind of auto-exorcism—these are self-portraits, for the most part—fraught with wounds that draw no blood. In these vast black spaces […]