Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi, Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Art is a way for people to express themselves, think outside the box and stretch their creativity beyond limits. It allows you to see the world through someone else’s eyes and connect, all with a paintbrush.

This year, artist Molly Constein is featuring two paintings in the Lakeside Art Show. Her original artwork will be on display now through July 27 in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium.

Constein was born in 1978 with Cerebral Palsy, a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture, but she doesn’t let that define her.

She’s a tender-hearted, quick-witted woman who always knows what to say to brighten your day. She’s very involved with her art and is always willing to try new things.

Constein has been painting for 10 years, mostly using acrylic and watercolor-based paint, creating her designs on canvas, paper and wood. One of her favorite projects is using a metal cutter to create metal critters, including butterflies and lizards.

If you ask her why she likes creating art, she’ll tell you “It’s fun!”

When Constein isn’t traveling or working on the family farm with her dad, Rick, she’s working at the KanDu Group Art Studio, which supports people with developmental disabilities. Working with KanDu has given Constein the chance to tap into her creative side and explore many art styles and techniques.

She’s a longtime Lakesider, and her  connection to the Chautauqua community dates back to 1954 when her great-great-aunt Joyce and great-great-uncle Marion “Vic” Vickers first moved to the area.

Vic worked for Lakeside for several years, and Joyce worked with a group to preserve Hotel Lakeside in the 1960s and ‘70s called The Friends of Hotel Lakeside.

To view Constein’s one-of-a-kind artwork, stop by the Lakeside Art Show now through July 27.