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October 15, 2012

Three chances to see the arts in North Tonawanda

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Tonawanda News — Raab’s show will be up at Partners in Art through Oct. 26.

Project 308 Gallery 

The second show for this brand new gallery on Oliver Street really puts the focus on North Tonawanda, proprietor Natalie Brown said. Featuring 14 artists from NT, the show’s name, “Must be Something in the Water: An NT Collection,” is certainly fitting.

“I went to high school with most of the artists (at NT High School) and one is actually our art teacher,” Brown said.

“I love to show local artists,” she added. “I feel like sometimes people don’t feel comfortable showing art or have never been asked, so it’s just a new opportunity for them.”

There’s no particular theme for the show; Brown described it as fun and free-flowing, giving artists the opportunity “to show their best.”

Three of Cindi O’Mara, former NTHS art teacher’s drawings will be featured in the show. She said she finds inspiration in organic forms, like grasses and other plant life. 

“I’ve been looking at the linear qualitites and the positive and negative spaces” of the plant forms she said.

“I’ve been looking at them more in an abstract way rather than a realistic manner or design.”

O’Mara said she was thrilled to receive a call about the show, and even more excited to join her former students. 

“This is a very talented group of students so it’s really fun to see how they’ve grown and how they’ve explored their artistic qualities,” she said, adding that many of them were part of her Advanced Placement class. And the gallery is run by a former student to boot.

“I think it’s really neat that North Tonawanda has another place in the arts that people can relate to, and maybe younger people can get involved. The arts are helping the community to become more involved and look better,” O’Mara said.

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