Tonawanda News

February 1, 2013

Partners in Art show featuring works by teachers, students

By Danielle Haynes
The Tonawanda News

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.

For the entirety of 2011, Banas painted a small, 5-by-7-inch painting of the Niagara River each day. She worked outdoors — even throughout the frigid winter — and because it was a daily project, she had to work quickly in the wet-on-wet style or else she’d be painting all day, every day.

“By the end of doing those 365 paintings I really learned to paint much faster. If I knew exactly what I wanted to paint, I could do it in 15 minutes,” she said.

“I love this technique,” Banas said. “It makes your paintings more vibrant because you need to make choices quickly.”

But it’s not just alla prima oil paintings that can be seen at the Studio Show, which runs through Feb. 22. There will be charcoal and pastel drawings, and watercolors as well. All artworks will be available for sale, a first for some of the more amateur artists, Horn said.

“(For some) people it’s one of the only times they ever get in a show because some just paint for themselves and they don’t belong to art associations where they can contribute to shows,” she said. “For some people it’s the only time for their work to hang in a gallery.”

“It really makes you feel like an artist,” Banas said. “Having a show like this is the last step in completing your artwork.”

The opening reception for the Partners in Art Studio show is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. It will feature a demonstration by an instructor as well as refreshments prepared by some of the students. The show will be on view at the gallery 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Feb. 22. 

For more information, call the gallery at 692-2141, or visit

Contact features editor

Danielle Haynes

at 693-1000, ext. 4116.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: 16th annual Studio Show • WHEN: Opening reception 4-6 p.m. Saturday, show on display until Feb. 22 • WHERE: Partners in Art Gallery, 74 Webster St., North Tonawanda • MORE INFORMATION: Visit, or call 692-2141

Contact features editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116.