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Patricia A. Sciandra, 77, artist and teacher

Pat Sciandra with one of her paintings. (Photo courtesy the Sciandra family.)

Nov. 9, 1939 – Oct. 24, 2017

Patricia A. Sciandra, a former teacher, artist and respected member of the local arts community, died unexpectedly Oct. 24 in her Clarence home. She was 77.

The former Patricia Sturm, known as "Pat," was born in Gowanda and graduated from Pine Valley High School.

She graduated from what is now SUNY Buffalo State, where she earned a degree in exceptional education.

She taught a range of subjects in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, and later was a substitute teacher in both Kenmore and Williamsville schools, for a total of eight years.

For 17 years in the 1980s and early 1990s, Mrs. Sciandra taught adults in Amherst and Williamsville Continuing Education as well as at the Amherst Senior Center. She taught drawing, pastel painting and oil painting to those students. Whenever students told her they couldn't draw, she would say, "I can teach anyone to draw," and she would do just that, her family said.

Mrs. Sciandra continued her own education as an artist in workshops and classes with George Palmer, Roberta Remy, Sally Strand, Charles Sovek and Mary McElligott, among others.

Her work in oils, watercolors and pastels was displayed in several collections across the country, in solo shows and through organizations with which she was affiliated.

Locally, her work was exhibited at galleries including the Carnegie Art Center in North Tonawanda, the Market Street Art Center in Lockport and the Partners in Art Gallery in North Tonawanda. Nationally, her work was displayed at shows including the Biennial National Exhibition of the Degas Society in New Orleans and the annual Midwest National Pastel Exhibition in Schaumberg, Ill.

Mrs. Sciandra was a member of the Buffalo Niagara Art Association, Buffalo Society of Artists, Carnegie Art Center, Degas Pastel Society, Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters and the Western New York Artists Group.

In addition to art, Mrs. Sciandra enjoyed playing bridge, gourmet cooking and traveling to visit family out of town.

She married her husband, Paul, in 1962. Survivors also include two daughters, Katherine and Judith; a brother, Jerrold Sturm; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in Shepard Bros. Funeral Home, 10690 Main St., Clarence.

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