Last Demo Meeting till fall to feature Jankowski, board installation

May 11, 2011
Santa Paula News

An acclaimed painter will be the Santa Paula Society of the Arts Demonstration Artist of the Month at the May 15 meeting, which will also feature the installation of the Board of Directors.

Tony Jankowski will demonstrate his prize wining oil painting techniques at the meeting, to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Depot Gallery, located at the corner of 10th and Santa Barbara streets. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, where they will have a chance to win the demonstration piece. Light refreshments will also be served.

Jankowski was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina of Lithuanian parents. His mother, a former teacher, exposed him to European Masters and encouraged him to draw and paint at an early age. At 5 he painted his first watercolor, and he took up traditional oil painting at age 13.

While working toward a degree in engineering at the University of Buenos Aires, Jankowski studied privately with several of Argentina’s leading artists and was not surprised to find that the engineering and art studies intertwined in many instances.

“Da Vinci was an engineer,” Jankowski likes to note, and although not comparing himself to Da Vinci, he said it shows the basic relationship between art that is exciting to the eye and engineering that is the backbone of nearly everything the artist paints. That is a relationship in which Jankowski believes deeply, and which forms the foundation for his use of color, lines and form.

Continuing his art studies, Tony spent several years living and traveling throughout South America and Europe. He came to the United States in 1963, where he met Santa Barbara artist Claude Buck, a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute. Buck utilized the techniques of the Old Masters throughout his life, and it was he who interested Jankowski in the depiction of nature as a vital, moving force.

Jankowski was educated at Escuela General San Martin, Buenos Aires and the University of Buenos Aires. His paintings have been shown in galleries throughout the United States and Central and South America.

Jankowski has won many awards and completed numerous commissions, and last year the Ventura-based artist’s work was the focus of a solo exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum: “From the Classics to Plein Air.”

At this Demonstration meeting, the last until the fall, the SPSA Board of Directors will be installed in a short ceremony. Those being installed are returning President Lynda Gruber; Eugene Marzec, Vice President; Louise Saviers, Recording Secretary/Newsletter Editor; Virginia Gunderson, Treasurer; Kaye Ford, Membership; Minnie Millett, Corresponding Secretary; Members-at-Large George Appel, Marty Binsley, Janice Dickenson and Ken Peterson; Linda Pennock, Web Master; and Gerald Zwers, Scholarships.

For more information about the Santa Paula Society of the Arts call 805-525-1104, or visit the website

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