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Painting parties planned at Lewiston Peace Garden

LEWISTON – A new series of “Peace Garden Painting Parties,” featuring Lewiston artist and teacher Thomas Paul Asklar, is planned for the Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St., next to the historic Little Yellow House.

The adult workshops, cosponsored by the Lewiston Council on the Arts, are scheduled for 6 p.m. beginning Thursday and continuing June 18 and 25 and July 2, 9 and 16.

The cost is $45 per evening, which includes all art materials.

Participants are invited to bring their own refreshments.

Each week will feature a different theme, with Monet’s waterlilies planned for the first event. On June 18, Japanese cherry blossoms will be featured, followed by layered landscapes with birch trees on June 25. Sweet summer sunsets will be the theme July 2, followed by the Lower Niagara River on July 9, and ending with the Mighty Niagara on July 16. Participants may attend as many sessions as they’d like.

Asklar will lead the group in painting experiences and no prior experience is necessary.

Asklar is an art teacher at Country Parkway Elementary School in Williamsville and said painting parties have become particularly popular in that area of Western New York.

A director of the Lewiston Council on the Arts, he said these painting parties are just one of the “new initiatives” the council has been exploring.

“We’ve also been considering portfolio preparation for students who will be studying art in college, as well as figure drawing experiences,” he said. “Art is really vital in our community and we’re trying to think of different ways to enhance it.”

Asklar will provide: canvas, easels, paint, brushes, recyclable cups, napkins, plates, and plasticware. Organizers do all the set up and cleanup.

Pre-registration is required by calling Asklar at (716) 531-2668. Cancellation must be made prior to 24 hours before class.

In case of inclement weather, the workshops will move to the Lewiston Opera Hall, 736 Center St.

Askler also is available to conduct other painting parties or give private art lessons for all ages. He maintains a fine art gallery/studio at 475 Ridge St. and is internationally known, with work in seven other countries.