Tonawanda News — Learning to paint pictures is even more fun than it used to be in the Niagara Region.
Case in point: There is an open bar during painting classes at the new 24 Below Art Gallery and Cafe in Niagara Falls.
Over at Partners in Art in North Tonawanda, a whole class will be spending the night at the Stella Niagara Retreat Center when a noted oil painter teaches a weekend class this summer.
Even the newly organized Niagara Painters, a plein air group that started up in April, gathers for a communal lunch after each Thursday morning outing.
When it comes to painting pictures, both novice and advanced artists seem to be looking for more ways to create artistic pleasure and fellowship.
The Niagara Painters, who paint outside every Thursday morning at some of the area’s most beautiful locations, encourage everybody to bring a lunch. The whole group sits together and has a meal after painting at locations including Three Sisters Island and the Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls.
And there’s that open bar during classes at the new 24 Below Art Gallery and Cafe in Niagara Falls, which opened in a basement storefront at the former Niagara Club on Buffalo Avenue.
24 Below owners Andrea and Tina Galyn said their main goal is to highlight the work of local artists and craftsmen and to hold regular art classes and events.
The open bar during the classes is offered to make the instruction just a bit more relaxed.
“A lot of people who come here have never picked up a paintbrush before,” Tina Galyn said. “The classes are a lot less intimidating with a glass of wine.”
The gallery also features a café offering sandwiches and soups, with plans to offer picnic baskets to park visitors this summer. There’s a long list of art classes being held there this summer, listed on Facebook or on the gallery website at www.24below.net. (Budding artists can also call 285-8676.)