Tonawanda News — 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 www.partnersinart.net.
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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 www.partnersinart.net, or call 692-2141 Contact features editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116.