CLS: Architecture Around Us

Explore various architectural styles in our community and their influence on how we work, live and play.

Sara Hines

“Cottage Communities and the Camp Meeting Movement”
Tuesday, July 25, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall

History and understanding of the camp meeting movement and where it is today. An overview, including examples from over 100 sites that Hines has visited and documented.

“Building, updating and preserving cottages”
Wednesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall

Architecture, history, renovation, ideas as well as response to problems of finance, governance and viability of Camp Meetings going forward.

Sara N. Hines is a registered architect with over 45 years’ experience in all types of architecture as well as an urban designer. Her fascination with camp meetings happened when she experienced the Martha’s Vineyard camp meeting and how the very design of the houses and layout of the system of streets and squares created community simply by design. When she found out there were other camp meeting sites in the area, she began to explore, record and understand this unique American phenomenon.

Hines is the author of Cottage Communities, a study of the American camp meeting movement, which looks at this historic form as a generator of urban design that creates community through design as well as organization. These places are an early example of land trusts, tiny houses and affordable density. She has currently visited and recorded about 100 of these places.

Hines is also an avid researcher on zero net energy housing and has been a certified Home Energy Rating System Rater (HERS) rater. She has worked on manufactured housing designs and urban layouts for solutions like mobile home parks and land trusts as a source of affordability. She looks for ways to integrate good quality of life and affordability through land trust and trailer park design, as these remain a market-rate solution to affordability.

In addition, she is a teacher, photographer and illustrator. She has worked with computer generated maker solutions to recovering complex detailing traditions in affordable form. She also has worked as a potter, painter and jewelry maker. She is based in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Michelle Arnold Paine

“Foundations of Faith and Buildings of Beauty”
Friday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall

Church buildings do more than simply provide a space for people to gather on Sunday mornings. Over the centuries, elements of church architecture have been used to teach about the Christian faith as well as to inspire awe and worship of God. This lecture will discuss some of Europe’s most spectacular churches, as well as highlight photos of your favorites sent in advance. From baptisteries to church portals to stained glass windows we will travel through time and across continents to see how architecture of churches expresses the tenets of Christianity.

“Building Inspiration”
Saturday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. | Orchestra Hall

Artist Michelle Arnold Paine’s paintings, drawings and prints are inspired by the several years she spent in Italy. The works of Italian art, architecture, literature and Catholic faith which she found triggered a spiritual conversion as well as many years of work in the painting studio. In this presentation she will share her painting series of impressions of church architecture, as well as her figurative paintings of contemporary women, inspired by moments in the life of the Virgin Mary. Both of these series of artworks seek to integrate traditional and contemporary in their visual elements.

While living and working for a study abroad program in Italy for three years, Michelle Arnold Paine became fascinated by the shapes and forms of medieval architecture and art which are the context of daily life. In Italy she found her vocation as an artist and a connection to history and tradition. She studied at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before earning a M.F.A. from University of New Hampshire. She taught art for seven years at colleges in New England before relocating to the Toledo area. Her art has been published in many art and faith publications. In addition to numerous private collections across the U.S., her paintings can be found in the collection of the Valparaiso University Chapel, Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire and Gordon College.



Jul 24 - 29, 2023

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 24 - 29, 2023


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