Tonawanda News — From pastels of animals to watercolors of nature scenes, the Kenmore Art Society is presenting something for everyone at their 56th annual spring show, opening Saturday at the Partners in Art Gallery in North Tonawanda.
It’s the society’s big spring show, one they’ve held at the North Tonawanda art space nearly every year for about the past 15 years, said Glenna Sternin, proprietor of the Webster Street gallery.
“They’ve been with us pretty much since our beginning,” Sternin said. “They really like our gallery ... perhaps because our dark walls make their pictures stand out so nice.
“They like the way we have all our receptions,” she said, adding the show will open to the public Saturday with an artists’ reception from 4 to 6 p.m., with wine and other refreshments.
New to this year’s reception will be musical entertainment by the band Pro Bono, which is led by the husband of one of the artists.
Kenmore Art Society exhibit chair Sara Rosiek said some 36 members of the society will be represented in this spring’s show with oil paintings, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, pastels and photography.
“The creativity and the subject matter is wide open and I think it’s an exciting show because of that,” she said. “There’s a little bit of everything for everybody.”
Debra Isula, roughly 15-year veteran of the society, submitted two watercolor paintings to the show. She said she’s inspired by oil painter Thomas Kinkaid in style, but prefers the flexibility of watercolors.
“It’s so simple,” the Tonawanda resident said of the medium. “You always have all your paints right there in front of you on a palette ... you don’t have to open tubes each time and it doesn’t dry really fast.”
“You can do so many different textures with salt and alcohol. You can make it thicker so it looks like oils or thin so it looks like a soft watercolor painting,” she added.