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February 1, 2013

Partners in Art show featuring works by teachers, students

Tonawanda News — They’ve been mixing and scraping, dabbing and blending, and now it’s time for them to put their creations to the test. 

Students at Partners in Art Gallery in North Tonawanda will have a chance to have a little exposure Saturday when the gallery hosts its 16th annual Studio Show. It’s a chance for the novices and experienced alike to be on display side by side, some for the first time.

“They’re all at different places in what they’re doing” in terms of painting and drawing, said Partners in Art co-owner Joan Horn. “Some people are just getting started and they’re still at the beginning stages. Other people have been with us for years and are much more advanced.”

“And of course there are the instructors who we always assume are the best of the best,” she added with a laugh. Horn, herself an instructor, teaches an oil painting class.

Student Linda Banas said this year will be her fifth to participate in the show. The City of Tonawanda resident has been taking classes at the studio for six years and has submitted two smaller still lifes to be on view come Saturday.

The two paintings were done in the wet-on-wet — or alla prima — style meaning they were done very quickly and completed before the oil paint had time to dry. It’s a complicated method that leaves little room for error.

With “wet-on-wet you have to have a different kind of touch and you really have to know what you’re doing with the paint so you can do it all quickly,” Banas said. 

Banas said Horn’s oil painting class last semester focused on the style, and she’s glad she had a little experience going into it — she’s talking 365 paintings worth of experience.

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