Bay High grad returns with exhibit, class at BAYarts

Luke Toratsky's artwork draws on subject matter from the boat builders of Puget Sound.

Luke J. Toratzky credits his experience at Baycrafters and falling under the spell of former director Sally Price for his lifelong journey as an artist.

A graduate of Bay High School (class of '72), Tornatzky says, “Some of my favorite childhood memories came from this small park, whether exploring the creek, drawing at the beach or sledding on a perfect winter day. No visit to Ohio would be complete without a stop at what is now BAYarts; a showing here is sort of a rite of passage to me.”

Tornatzky now finds much of his inspiration living in Port Townsend, a small coastal town on Puget Sound, Washington, a close-knit community of artists and boat builders. The opening will be a reunion of sorts for Luke’s friends and family. Opening Friday, Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m., in the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House, the exhibit will run through Jan. 31, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment. Call Eileen at 440-871-6543 to schedule.

In addition, Luke has developed a method to draw portraits in charcoal that solves most of the difficulties people encounter when doing portraits. He will be teaching this method at a one-day workshop: “Trust Your Eyes: Portraits in Charcoal.”

“Draw what you see, not what you know is there,” he says, “and you will begin to raise your portrait to the level of fine art.” The workshop is Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $85 for members, $95 for non-members and few openings remain. Register online or call 440-871-6543. A model and all drawing materials will be supplied.


Eileen Stockdale


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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:27 AM, 01.08.2013