Tonawanda News — Talking with Thomas Insana, Angelo F. LaDuca and Marilyn Wilson is a little like being invited to sit in on a family dinner where the attendees share childhood stories, laugh, talk over one another and — unlike perhaps many families — effusively compliment one another.
It’s no surprise these Grand Island residents are cousins, who not only live on the same island together as adults, but grew up within just a few houses of one another on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls.
What is perhaps surprising is that all three are artists after making careers for themselves in other fields — Insana was a biology teacher, LaDuca was a lawyer and Wilson was an art teacher. After rediscovering — or in Wilson’s case, expanding — an interest in art later in life, the three are having their first joint art show together at Partners in Art in North Tonawanda.
The Three Cousins Art Show is ongoing through Aug. 23 and includes an artists’ reception 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday.
Viewers can expect to see just about everything at the show because with these three cousins, you get three very different cousins.
LaDuca describes their techniques succinctly.
“Marilyn is very creative, Tom is very precise and I just perserve,” he said as the three burst into laughter.
Perhaps giving LaDuca the label of “the student” or “the mastermind” is more appropriate. It was his idea to form this triumvirate of family artistry, after all.
The three cousins came from a family that, while not actively participating in the art world, had a strong appreciation for creativity.
LaDuca’s father, Insana’s mother and Wilson’s father were siblings and the only true artist in the family as the cousins were growing up was Wilson’s mother.
“She was very artistic and I always admired her beautiful work,” LaDuca said of his aunt.