Shiva Paintstiks are the designer version of largescale crayons for professional artists. Think susanmoore.jpgof oil paints in stick form and you’re there. Thing is, they require some practice to really achieve a good result. That’s where Andy Lenz comes in. Longtime local artist and paintstik maestro, Lenz will provide a free, in-store demo of these intriguing art tools, this Saturday, April 24, from 1-3pm, at (I think you probably already know where) – at Lenz Arts, 142 River Street.

Here’s an example (l.) of how compelling paintstick artwork can look from the hand of a master. This is part of the on-going oeuvre of Philadelphia artist Susan Moore, most of whose output for the past decade has been created using oil stick techniques.