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November 19, 2012

Gallery, museum events selling works by local artists, authors

hat do you get for the person who has everything this holiday season? Or what about the just tough-to-buy-for?

How about something so unique, they’re practically guaranteed not to have one just like it at home? 

Purchasing locally made products is always an option for holiday gifts, whether buying for out-of-town friends and family who might enjoy a little taste of Buffalo, or for locals who might appreciate a little something from home. 

Glenna Sternin, of Partners in Art Gallery in North Tonawanda, said the Webster Street’s 15th annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, for example, is the perfect opportunity to bring a little art into your loved one’s home for not a lot of money.

The show is “a chance for the artists to get their things out for people to see,” she said. “Right from the beginning ... we (decided to) keep the prices under $300 so that it’s affordable. People like to buy from local artists ... people like to buy smaller paintings.”

The show, which is up until Dec. 27, features artworks and crafts from some 20 area artists, including paintings, paintbrush cases made of fabric, notecards, plaque-mounted prints and ornaments. 

One artist, City of Tonawanda resident Penny Ferguson, will have a few small oil paintings on hand for the show.

Ferguson said she’s been taking oil painting classes from Partners in Art for about 10 years now and this is her second year participating in the holiday show. She says she mostly likes to paint fish and underwater scenes based on photographs she takes while scuba diving, though the pieces on hand for the holiday show will be Christmas-themed or landscapes. 

“I think (the show is) a wonderful opportunity for people who might be looking for something different and unusual” for a holiday gift, Ferguson said. “Anybody could fit a small piece in their hall or even the bathroom,” pointing out that her works are about 8 by 10 inches in size.

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