1999-09-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein

"Reclining Woman"-sculpture-marble-by Izabella Slobodoff.

Portrait of Dr. Simra Shein-oil-by Izabella Slobodoff.

Guest speaker at RAA’s September 13 general meeting is Renee Phillips. Ms. Phillips is an author, lecturer and the editor-in-chief of Manhattan Arts International magazine. She has successfully advised countless numbers of artists on how to further their careers and how to market their artwork. Her lectures provide valuable, practical information about navigating the New York art world. Ms. Phillips’ widely praised books include "New York Contemporary Art Galleries: The Complete Annual Guide" and "Presentation Power Tools for Fine Artists." The former presents detailed information regarding all an artist needs to know in order to get his/her work exhibited in New York. The latter is an invaluable resource about the various promotional and business aspects of the profession, including resumes, press releases and artist/gallery agreements. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to avail yourself of Renee Phillip’s highly respected expertise and motivational encouragement.

Some of the most exciting news to come out of this summer is the progress of building T-6. T-6 is the smaller of the two buildings in Fort Tilden that RAA is renovating as an arts center for Rockaway. It will serve as the temporary arts center while funds are being raised to renovate the much larger building T-7. As of this writing, T-6 has a new roof, a new gas-run heating system supplying hot and cold air and new plumbing. In addition, renovations inside make the building easier to move around in and more efficient to heat. Bravo to Geoff Rawling, Mike Redpath and Jim Killian for all they’ve done. In the near future this temporary new home of RAA, which is also wheelchair accessible, will provide classes, gallery space and studio space. Any artists with ideas for classes and workshops for the public, write up the proposal and submit it to RAA. And you thought we were just lying on the beach this summer, huh?

You may recall that some moons ago, I presented a column about RAA’s multi-talented sculptress/painter, Izabella Slobodoff. You may recall as well that the two photographs of Izabella’s work that were to accompany the column, disappeared in cyberspace. Miraculously, those photos have reappeared, landing last Tuesday on my back lawn. Therefore, keeping our fingers crossed, we present photographs of a portrait and a sculpture by this most accomplished artist. The portrait is of Dr. Simra Shein, a surgeon practicing in the Five Towns and at St. John’s Hospital. "Reclining Woman" is a small marble sculpture. It is now on view at Ruben Bore and Son Art Gallery in Roslyn Heights, Long Island. The gallery, which also does custom framing, is located at 139 Mineola avenue. Other artworks on display include oil paintings and vintage posters. The Bore Gallery exhibits American and European artists, including artists from Russia. Izabella’s sculpture will be on display for another couple of weeks. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., all other days 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday.

August 29 I attended the one-day Breezy Point Cooperative Art Show. This was the 17th year of this annual event, sponsored by the cooperative. Many of the artists were familiar to me. However, what was so pleasing was being introduced to artists whose work I had not seen before. RAA was well represented. The vividness of Maureen McGuire’s prints and originals make special the moments she captures in them. M. Elliott Killian exhibited watercolors and photographs. She is able, in both media, to express the fluid beauty of sea and sky. Indeed, Ms. Killian was awarded the prize for Best Photographs. Fascinating, as always, is the light Joan Doblin Vogel is able to capture in her acrylics. Lee Lindgren-Sheridan’s oils and watercolors sing with color-sometimes unorthodox, and always exciting. One of Ms. Sheridan’s paintings received Best in Show. Other fine artists, not in RAA, exhibited on Sunday. I am unable to write about them all. However, I’ll mention a few. The Drawing Today program is taught at the Caffrey Conroy Learning Center. Students range from eight-year-olds to seniors. Teacher Lee Sheridan explained that the intriguing student drawings on display were done freehand in charcoal, using a grid. The results were impressive. It always pleases me to see people of all ages broadening their artistic techniques. Maureen Shea’s exquisite quilt works are true pieces of art. Charcoal portraits by Martha E. Kourbage grab the viewer with their vivid expressions and don’t easily let go. Watercolors by Ed Kmiotek exhibit a marvelously solid clarity of form and color. I’m looking forward to seeing more works by these artists at the next possible opportunity. Perhaps at a forthcoming RAA meeting?

Have a great Labor Day Weekend and return here next week safe and sound.





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