German Village Gazette

Art League to use food to enhance exhibit


The German Village Art League will use food as part of the sensory experience at Mouth Watering Art, a fundraiser slated for Aug. 9 in the Meeting Haus.

Five chefs from local restaurants will prepare dishes inspired by individual artists.

Doug Titchenal, a member of the organization, said the art league in the past had used poets to ascribe verse to the artwork, but this is the first time food has been incorporated into show.

"Everybody has experience with food; it's a primal urge to eat," Titchenal said. "Most chefs are trained to make it look good on the plate, but this is taking it one step further."

The fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $25 and includes refreshments and food samplings. Tickets can be purchased at the Meeting Haus in advance or the evening of the event.

Participating chefs include Jacob Hough of Barcelona, Emily Hutton of Pistacia Vera, David Tetzloff of G. Michael's, Bradley Balch of the Sycamore and Matthew Heagganns of the Hey Hey.

"I've done a lot of exhibitions and tastings, but I've never run across something quite like this," Heaggans said. "When I first heard of it kind of threw me for a little bit of a loop.

"I think it will be really fun. It's something that's going to be a challenge, but as a general rule I'm up for a challenge."

The juried art show, Mouthwatering Art, will be on display through Aug. 24 in the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

The artists, who represent a variety of media, were asked to reference food either in an obvious or indirect way, said Ed Elberfeld, a member of the art league. About 30 artists submitted something for the show.

Elberfeld, Sandy Kight, Jeff Stahler and Carole Genshaft -- all members of the German Village Society's art committee -- selected their top choices for the food-and-art pairings and forwarded them to Kate Anderson, president of the art league.

Elberfeld said artists' names were being withheld while their work was shared with the chefs.

Titchenal said the event was created to introduce people to art in a non-fussy format.

"Fun is probably the key word to this thing," he said. "It's not necessarily about understanding at all, but trying to have fun with your art."