Food in Paris…

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Ask for a petit déjeuner at a café in Paris and this is what you get… a croissant, a buttered batard, a glass of fresh orange juice, a small glass of water and a coffee, a simply marvelous way to begin the day.

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Here’s what the cafés look like…

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Cold weather does not stop Parisians from dining outside…

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Some folks have beer for breakfast instead of a petit déjeuner, but we think he was German …


Salad Nicoise comes with huge anchoives…


Omelettes are large and fluffy…


A grilled ham and cheese sandwich is called a croque monsieur and they are delicious…


Coq a Vin is a chicken stew braised with wine and mushrooms…


Crème brulee is available everywhere, I mean everywhere, which is bad for a person like me who loves it!  And no, I don’t drink my crème brulee with beer, that was my husband’s dessert.


And last, pretzels sticks are not all jumbled up in the bag but neatly stacked side by side… impressive!


Musee Marmottan Monet

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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We ventured out into the extensive subway system that connects the city.  Not much different from New York or Washington, DC, it is an easy and efficient way to get around Paris. Today’s excursion was outside the normal tourist area, across the Seine to the western edge of the city.  After a couple of line changes we arrived at La Muette station.  A walk through yet another beautiful park past budding cherry trees and a few jackasses brought us to the Musee Marmottan Monet.

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The former residence of the Marmottan family it houses the largest collection of Claude Monet paintings in the world.  Can you believe it?  The largest! It was originally built as a hunting lodge in the 1800’s and became a small art museum in 1934.  Victorine Donop de Monchy gave her father’s collection of Impressionist art to the museum in 1957.  He was the physician to Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Sisley and Renoir and acquired these paintings as an early supporter of the Impressionist movement.

In 1966 Monet’s son, Michel Monet, left his entire collection to the museum which is why it holds over 300 of Monet’s paintings today. One of its notable pieces is Impression, Sunrise, the painting from which Impressionism took its name.


Good thing my children were not with me because I was overcome with emotion after looking at the first few paintings and they surely would have made fun of the tears I was trying to hide.  My face all red, I pulled my hat down and told myself to snap out of it or else I wouldn’t be able to clearly see the rest of the collection.

You study the art history books, with their poor reproductions and think you know a painting well, but when you are actually standing in front of the real thing and see with your own eyes the artist’s hand in the creation of a masterpiece it is an epic moment.  All the things that are lost in reproduction are visible. Brushstrokes, thick and thin layers of paint, bare canvas, finger prints, flecks of paint, underpainting peeking through, pencil marks, all those subtle elements that make looking at painting after painting in a collection such a learning experience for a painter.  Wow! And now… I think I’m hungry.



I want to go back to Paris…

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

My husband said ten days ago, “I want to go back to Paris.” My response was, “Yes, so do I.”  He said, “No, I mean I want to go now, in the next couple of weeks.”  “Really? Back to Paris so soon”, I said. “Yes, back to Paris, again, this soon”, he said.  I do not need to be asked more that once if I want to return to Paris.


Why am I so enchanted by travel? As we arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport I felt scared and excited, both at the same time.  Scared because I speak very little French and understand even less. Scared because I am an ocean away from home. Scared because bad things can happen when you are in a foreign country.  Somehow though, the fear is overcome by the passion for seeing new sights and experiencing different cultures.  And, as an artist, the art in Paris is overwhelming and inspiring. Not just the art in museums but the architecture and beauty of the city of Paris itself. And let’s not forget the food… there’s always the food!

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Valentine’s, Mixed Media & Drawing Workshops

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014



Friday, February 7,  6:30-8:30pm,  Fee $30

Enjoy a glass of wine and create two paintings, one for your sweetie and one for your best friend. Bring your partner, a friend or another couple and enjoy a relaxing evening of making art!  Two 4”x4”x1.5” canvases and all painting materials are provided. No artistic ability is necessary.

To reserve your spot contact Loretta Puncer at 937-672-6717.


MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP with Loretta Puncer

Friday, February 21 – 6:30-9pm – $35

Let your artistic spirit run wild! Create an abstract contemporary mixed media painting under the guidance of painter and gallery owner Loretta Puncer.  An 11”x14” canvas and all materials are provided.  Bring a friend and have fun!



Sunday, March 2, 10am-4pm, $50, Date changed to Saturday, March 9, 10am-4pm

All levels of artists will gain a better understanding of the principles of drawing during this one-day workshop. Through a series of demonstrations and exercises based on still life set-ups students will study line, value and perspective. Still life set-ups are provided. Students provide their own drawing supplies- a list is available upon registration. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Loretta Puncer has taught drawing and painting for the past 10 years at a variety of places including Rosewood Arts Center, the Dayton Art Institute and her own studio.  She is comfortable working with students at all skill levels.

Gallery 510 Fine Art – Loretta’s gallery/studio is located in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District at 508 East Fifth Street. Parking is available on Fifth St., behind the gallery and on Jackson St. just West of the gallery.

To register or receive additional information contact Loretta Puncer by phone at 937-672-6717

Registration and payment must be received prior to the day of class to reserve your space.





Winter 2014 Classes

Monday, December 30th, 2013

WATERCOLOR PAINTING taught at Gallery 510 in Dayton.

Wednesdays 10am-1pm – Fee $75. per Session

Session One – January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5

Session Two – February 19, 26, March 5, 12,19 Date change March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2

Session Three – April 9, 16, 23, May 1, 7

Session Four – May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18

This class introduces classic watercolor techniques and builds slowly from the simple to the more complex. Topics include use of value, control of the medium, color mixing, and composition.  Demonstrations are part of the class. Painting from your own photographs is encouraged. Supply list available upon registration. Call Loretta at 937-672-6717 to register.

ACRYLIC PAINTING taught at Rosewood Arts Center in Kettering.

Thursday 10am-1pm – Fee $75. For Kettering residents/ $85 for non-residents. Register thru Rosewood at 937-296-0294

Session A – January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6

Session B – February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20 Date change March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3

Students will explore the basics of acrylic painting by learning the fundamentals, from preparation of palette to various application techniques. Participants will gain experience in creating original acrylic works.  Compositional issues and design challenges will be addressed. Color use and theory will be a secondary theme in this class. Students can be new to painting. Supply list available upon registration.


PAINT & WINE AT Figlio Restaurant in Kettering

Tuesday, January 14,  6:00-8:30PM

Thursday, February 27, 6:00-8:30PM

Tuesday, March 25, 6:00-8:30PM

Fee $25 per Class for Kettering residents. $35 for non-residents.

Register thru Rosewood at 937-296-0294.

This is a fun art and social activity! You will be guided in making your own masterpiece by creating a step-by-step painting. Enjoy this creative time with food and drinks for purchase. All painting supplies will be provided and no experience is needed. Invite your friends to join you or make some new ones!


Loretta Puncer has taught drawing and painting for the past 10 years at a variety of places including Rosewood Arts Center, the Dayton Art Institute and her own studio.  She is comfortable working with students at all skill levels.

Gallery 510 Fine Art – Loretta’s gallery/studio is located in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District at 508 East Fifth Street. Parking is available on Fifth St., behind the gallery and on Jackson St. just West of the gallery.

Rosewood Arts Centre – is located at 2655 Olson Dr, Kettering, OH 45402, (937) 296-0294

Figlio Restaurant – is located in Town & Country Shopping Center at 424 E Stroop Rd, Dayton, OH 45429

Closed for Holiday Vacation

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Gallery 510 will be closed Wednesday, December 25 thru Wednesday, January 2.



Gallery 510 interview today on Channel 2

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Click the link below to see Loretta Puncer featured on Channel 2 discussing unique gift ideas available at the gallery.

Art Gallery Gift Ideas

New Chain Mail Jewelry from Laura Poplin

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I love my job! Laura Poplin stopped by Gallery 510 yesterday with a box of her new creations and asked me to look through it and choose what I wanted to display at the gallery. Not only do I get to pick what I like, I also get to look for items for my regular customers, who’s tastes I’ve gotten to know over time…like I said… I love my job!

She took what I chose home to inventory. The new items should be on display next week. I’ll post some photos when they arrive so you can see what she’s been up to!

Custom Camera Strap

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Need a very unique gift for your favorite camera buff?  How about a custom needlepoint camera strap beautifully finished with a leather backing, leather ends and quick-release swivel clips. Choose from a variety of designs or for a personal look choose the filmstrip motif that features a series of stylized images of your own photographs. Stop by Gallery 510 and take an up close look at these one-of-a-kind, handmade camera straps by needlepoint artist, Lee Tougas. Order early for the holidays!

Red Pepper Painting

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Here is a painting demonstration that I did this morning for my Watercolor Class.  The exercise was to use a color’s complement and not black for the shaded areas.  Students were asked to use Hooker’s Green to shade the Cadmium Red on the body of the pepper and Alizarin Crimson to shade the Sap Green for the stem. 

I used a #12 brush for the entire painting using the point for detail and the body of the brush, fully loaded with paint, for the larger areas. I let a couple students struggle with a small brush for a while and then handed them the #12 to work with. It was only after they tried both that they understood why a larger brush worked the best.

I love catching up with all my students after a couple weeks break.  It feels like a family reunion of sorts, a good feeling.