NORTH TONAWANDA —
“I enjoy patining large because painting small is so meticulous and you can’t get a lot of heart in it. Large is attention-grabbing,” Baer said. “It’s a better process because I’m in the painting ... the gestures are big and I can be free.”
The goal is to allow viewers a chance to see these sea animals in ways they normally wouldn’t be able to in nature.
“I was trying to make all the animals life-sized, and provide a very different perspective that you would never see in real life,” she said.
“The great white, obviously if you saw that (up close), you’d probably be dead,” she added with a laugh.
Baer is a recent graduate of Buffalo State College with a degree in painting. Brown said the show, which runs until Christmas, fits in with her desire to feature young, up-and-coming artists in the community.
“I really think she has a lot of talent. She’s a young artist, she’s new on the scene, but she’s been painting for years,” Brown said. The show is an opportunity “to expand the beginning of her career.”
The opening reception for “Sink or Swim” is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Project 308 Gallery at 308 Oliver St. Refreshments will be on hand in the form of baked goods prepared by the artist herself, a former baker who specializes in vegan and gluten-free desserts.
For more information, call Brown at the gallery at 523-0068.
IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Sink or Swim," oil paintings by Kimberly Baer • WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Christmas. Opening reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. • WHERE: Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda • MORE INFORMATION: Call the gallery at 523-0068.
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