By Jill Keppeler firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — Months after the success of the first NT Summer Art Walk, the galleries of North Tonawanda are celebrating a new season with the first Winter Art Walk, held in conjunction with the annual Winter Walk today.
Natalie Brown of Project 308 Gallery said that Project 308, 308 Oliver St.; River Art Gallery, 83 Webster St.; and the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., will have open hours and events today. Those who visit the three galleries starting at 3 p.m. can pick up a passport and, if they get it stamped at all three sites, redeem it for a free dessert at Webster’s Bistro.
Brown said the success of the Summer Art Walk in August was such that it made sense to bring the event back for winter.
“It was great and we wanted to do it again,” she said. “Everyone has stuff going on anyway, so we figured we should do the passports, too.”
Project 308 Gallery will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. The second annual Project 308 Trunk Show, featuring 20 artists and vendors with wares including paintings, prints, terrariums, blown-glass, jewelry, baked goods, sand-blasted wine glasses and more, will run during those hours, Brown said. “Thoughtful Fermentations,” an exhibit by artist Kristy Carroll, will also be on display.
“We have a nice variety of everything,” she said.
For every new, unwrapped toy donated to Toys for Tots at the gallery today, donors will receive a raffle ticket for a gift basket.
Over at the Carnegie Art Center on Goundry Street, open hours will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Free children’s art activities will be featured at 3 p.m., and “Winter Wonderland,” an interactive theater performance by the Wondermakers, will begin at 4 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the opening reception for the Members’ Open Exhibition, featuring work from about 30 artists in a variety of different media, will take place.
“I think it worked really well and people were really excited,” Mary Simpson, director of the art center, said of the summer Art Walk. “Websters’s Bistro is involved again, so it’s nice to have a little treat waiting for you at the end.
“We each serve very different audiences, and it was a great opportunity for people to understand what’s going on in North Tonawanda.”
Events will also take place today at The River Art Gallery and Gifts on Webster Street, which is running its “The Art of Giving” show through Dec. 26. The opening reception will take place today.
The gallery opens at 11 a.m., with a local authors’ book-signing event from noon to 4 p.m. featuring Jeanne Treat, author of the Dark Birthright trilogy; Greg Gumkowsk, author of “A Glimpse of Heaven,” “A Piece of Heaven” and “The Ragman;” and Bertamae Ives, author of “Between Tampax and Depends,” “Ring in the Holidays” and “Doing Good for Goodness’ Sake.” It will remain open to 8 p.m.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Winter Art Walk • WHEN: 3 to 7 p.m. today at Project 308, 3 to 8 p.m. today at Carnegie Center and River Art Gallery • WHERE: Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., and River Art Gallery, 83 Webster St, North Tonawanda