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What is Art Therapy?

7 Common Myths About Art Therapy by Lisa Horlein, LCAT, ATR-BC I have been an artist and a professional art therapist for over 30 years.  Frequently I am asked  what is art therapy?  The best way to answer this question is to identify common...

Fine Arts League Honors Local Artists

The Fine Arts League of Buffalo held its’ 66th  Annual Members Juried Spring Show this Saturday, May 3rd  at the River Art Gallery, 82 North Main St. in Tonwanda, NY. and presented special ‘Artiest (Lifetime Achievement) Awards’ to Two Incredible Local...

CALL FOR ARTISTS – ART ON OLIVER STREET

“Art on Oliver Street”- Public Art Initiative CITY OF NORTH TONAWANDA- The Oliver Street corridor, located within the City of North Tonawanda will soon become home to a public art initiative known as “Art on Oliver Street”. Art on Oliver Street will consist of various...

Philip Burke to paint LIVE at Gateway Concert

AWESOME NEWS! International Artist Philip Burke will be painting LIVE at the Music & Arts Festival - Gateway Harbor Concert. Wednesday, August 1st. "The Who" Tribute band. Mark your calendar for this special event. #liveconcert #thewho #gatewayharbor

“Complicated” Art book for sale at River!!

Dennis Bertram, one of many artists represented at River Art Gallery and Gifts, has published a book, "Complicated: A Plain Talking Artist's Guide to His Art." At 146 pages and with over a hundred color images, he describes the meaning and evolution of his...

River Gallery Momentum!

River Art Gallery and Gifts has been a part of the historical North Tonawanda's efforts for local revitalization. Over the years we have become a destination for visitors to spend time enjoying our great food, art, music, theater and film. We have been highlighted in...

Luminescent Skies in Watercolor Workshop

Instructor: Deanna Weinholtz This two day art workshop in Tonawanda will explore techniques to achieve luminescent skies in watercolor. A looser approach to watercolor is utilized and the results are stunning. Each student may paint from his own photo reference of...

Painting on Leather – Dennis Bertram

Leather is both a natural and historic material used by artists for centuries. I have been working with leather for a few years, creating messenger bags, buckles, and similar items. However, I am also a painter. Paint can be used on many surfaces. I have used canvas,...

Palette-to-Palete Event

Join us for a fabulous evening of food, wine, art and gifts. The event takes place in conjunction with River Art Gallery and Gifts, Webster's Kitchen, Jody Ziehm and Gates Circle Wine & Liquor. On Sunday March 4th join us in North Tonawanda for an evening of fun....

River Art Gallery and Gifts

Founded in 2009, we are an Art Gallery and Gift Store. Located in the heart of North Tonawanda, NY’s historical and cultural district we exhibit original artwork by artists from the Buffalo, Western New York, and the Southern Ontario region. Our store carries original...

Western Caribbean with Jody Ziehm

Ready to plan your escape to paradise next February? Instead of being in 32 degree weather, what about taking Plein Air workshop on a Western Caribbean Cruise, with Jody Ziehm? Paint outdoors in the Bahamas and Mexico, at beautiful ports such as Princess Cays, Grand...

Tips: Paint Brushes 101

Anyone who has ever walked down a paint brush aisle knows there are a gazillion paint brushes to choose from. Whether you are a beginner or just curious about what brushes to use for what, we found some quick videos that may be helpful.   Which Brush to Choose -...

The Devil is in the Details Exhibit Opening

It was a nice turnout for E. Jane Stoddard's "The Devil is in the Details" Exhibit, which was held on April 18th, 2015. Originally an oil painter, Jane's detailed watercolors captivated the audience. If you are boat enthusiast, Jane's imagery of New England and Maine...

Productivity Tips

Feeling unproductive or creatively blocked? Here's a great video we found, by ASAP Science, that may help get you back on track.

Making Marks – The Park School of Buffalo

Post by Fotini Galanes Mark Making began as a response to a request from the Burchfield Penney Art Center to demonstrate and interpret my drawings to visitors in a hands-on experience that explains how my drawings are made, what inspires them, and how long they take...

Deanna Weinholtz Exhibit Opening

It was a great turnout for Deanna's "Northern Reflections" exhibit opening, which was held on March 7th, 2015! It was wall-to-wall people here at River Art Gallery and we couldn't be happier for her. Painting in the mediums of acrylic and watercolor, Deanna's styles...

Installing Deanna Weinholtz Exhibit

It's always interesting watching an exhibit come together. From when the artist drops off their work, to where it hangs on the wall is an experience all in itself. When Deanna dropped off work for her exhibit, she and our Gallery Manager, Cindi, had gone through every...

Members Meeting 2-28-15 Highlights

Thank you to all who came to the Members Meeting on Saturday (2/28/15).  It's always great having our artists together! During the meeting our Gallery Manager, Cindi, discussed the upcoming exhibits this year, including our next exhibit featuring Deanna Weinholtz. All...

Tips: Promote Yourself – Pt2 – Create a Facebook Page

Facebook has become a way of life, and it's become an inexpensive and great way of promoting yourself and business. Even though social networking may seem complex, once you get the hang of it, you can make an update or post a picture in a few short minutes. First,...

Artist Enhanced Giclées

I have been working on a very exciting new idea for my upcoming solo show “Northern Reflections”. My painting of “Paradise” has had many requests for giclées, which I always declined to do. The original painting is done with iridescent paint and I felt it just...

Promote Yourself

As an artist it's important to promote yourself. Even though you can leave it up to a gallery to help promote you, a better way to become more successful is to cross-promote. As a gallery, we can say there is definitely a difference in success between an artist that...

New Outdoor Displays for River

River Art Gallery and Gifts is located in the historic old Evening News building. Even though being located in such a historic building is great it's not a typical storefront building, with display windows. Most pedestrians pass by our building and not even realize...

Top 5 Reasons to Buy From Local Artists

There are many benefits in buying from local artists. Here are our Top 5 Reasons to buy from local artists, such as from our River Gallery Members. It's Familiar - Many artists create work based on their location. Painters may paint local scenes, photographers may...

How-to Hang a Wire Mounted Frame

When you purchase a painting, or giclée print, from a gallery or frame shop chances are they will have a hanging wire on the back. If you are not used to hanging frames with wire, we found some videos that will help guide you on hanging your artwork. To give you a...

How-to Remove Paint from Hands & Clothes

As artists we are always getting dirty with paint or other substances. Here are some helpful tips and videos, with tips on how to remove paint and such from your hands and clothes without harsh chemicals.   How To Remove Oil Based Paint From Your Hands/Brushes...

Review – Adobe Color CC

Have you ever wanted to sample a specific color, for reference, to use in a painting or artwork, or while out shopping? The Adobe Color CC app may interest you then. Here's my review for it.   Product: Adobe Color CC Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch...

How-to Install Framing Wire

An essential part of displaying your work is making sure it hangs correctly.  We recommend installing hanging hardware and using framing wire. You can read more about the various hardware in our blog post "Tips: Exhibit Hanging". We found some helpful videos on how to...

Tips: Writing an Artist Statement

Admit it... Writing an artist statement is not your favorite thing, right? We understand, so we found some videos that may help. They are quick watches, and give lots of helpful tips to get you started on writing that master piece!  🙂   Video by Suzanne Smith...

Overcoming Creative Block Tips

As artists we've all been there. Don't let a creative block get you down. Here are some videos we found that may help you break that block and get your gears turing again! 🙂   5 Tips for Breaking through Creative Block, by Video Creators (Scot Combs of +3rd...

Lil’ bit of Remodeling in the Store

Recently, we've begun creating a better atmosphere in our Store. Why stop at a new website, right? The River Gift Store is getting some much-needed attention this year too. We are reorganizing the walk through areas, so it's easy to move through, and de-cluttering...

Allentown Village Society – Poster Contest

Call to Artists: Each year the Allentown Village Society holds a competition to select the official design that will be featured on our marketing materials for our annual Art Festival which includes the printing of our FestivalPoster, Show Guide Brochure and the...

2015 Riverwalk Show – Poster Contest

Call to Artists: You are welcome to submit an original painting or design for our eleventh annual Riverwalk Show. The information for the show will be added by computer. $100 CASH AWARD And Free Entry to the Riverwalk Show Deadline: Saturday, April 25, 2015 SIZE: The...

Welcome to our NEW Site!

We are pleased to welcome you to our newly redesigned site! Our new site features: easier navigation, an event calendar, simpler shopping, an integrated blog, mobile device responsive, and of course features our artists and members! Take a look around and let us know...

DIY Art Supplies Roll

Would you like to learn how to make a quick and easy fabric roll for brushes or tools? We found a DYI video, by Nancy Mac, with some easy steps for you. The best part.... it doesn't require sewing!  If you know of any tips, tricks, or DYI videos for artists let us...

Tips: Exhibit Hanging

As a gallery, we encourage our exhibitors to use proper hanging hardware for frames. This helps us protect your work during exhibits. Below you'll find some tips on using different kinds of hardware, and what to stay away from. Recommended [gallery link="file"...