Tonawanda News — For art lovers in the Tonawandas, now is the time to soak it all up.
Three venues in North Tonawanda currently have — or will soon open — art shows, giving appreciators a chance to see a little bit of everything. From a two-person show of photographs and prints at the Carnegie Art Center, to a solo show at Partners in Art and a 14-person collection at Project 308, Lumber City is putting itself on the map this month as being the go-to place to get a big dose of culture in Western New York.
Carnegie Art Center
The Carnegie’s latest show is a solo exhibit awarded to photographer Paula Sciuk. Make that a two-person show ... she brought along a friend, printmaker Kathleen Sherin.
The two together formed “Elusive Forces,” a title Sciuk said seemed to fit both their styles.
Sciuk’s photography focuses on reflective surfaces, like water, and other elements like fire, air, earth, wood and metal. But it’s water that holds a special meaning for the Grand Island native who has grown up surrounded by the Niagara River.
“Water is so key to who I am. It speaks to me and it calls to me,” she said. I have always been drawn to water my entire life.”
She describes her style as abstract with a focus on linear and curvilinear forms, something she said she shares in common with Sherin.
While Sciuk especially loves bright colors in her work, though, Sherin is happy to work with neutrals and shades of black, white and grey.
Sherin, a former nurse at Women and Childrens Hospital in Buffalo, said she finds inspiration in biological forms. She said her work ranges from “really complex, dense imagery” to more pared-down images. The prints on display at the Carnegie are reflective of her current interest in more simplified forms.