On Jan. 1, 2011, local painter Linda Banas set up her easel near the confluence of the Erie Canal and the Niagara River and made an oil study of what she saw. Every day for the rest of the year, she returned to the place where the two major waterways met to make another study, each day noting the weather and sometimes her personal reflections. After the year was up, she used those 365 studies to create 12 complete paintings. Those 377 works serve as the basis for an exhibition that goes on view at 4 p.m. Saturday at Partners in Art (74 Webster St., North Tonawanda).

Banas’ project is part of a proud tradition of plein-air painting, perhaps the most famous local practitioner of which was the watercolorist Charles Burchfield. Banas’ work ranges from panoramic landscapes to detailed scenes of wildlife, boats and other things she happened upon.

Partners in Art is also hosting two workshops from visiting artists Lois Wooley and Hongnian Zhang this weekend. Call 692-2141 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski