1999-09-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio


Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein

by Susan Hartenstein

As advertised, further information regarding the Sunday, September 19 RAA tour to be conducted by Denis Macrae. First, to review, the tour will visit The Wave building, including Susan Locke’s pottery studio and the Rockaway Museum; Almost Paradise Dive Center; the Russell Sage Church in Far Rockaway and Mott House, now a historic artist cottage. Stained glass artist Patrick Clark will give a talk about the famous Tiffany window housed in Russell Sage Church. The tour will meet at 12 noon at the Wave building, 88-08 Rockaway Beach boulevard. Come by car, please. However, if that is not possible, get to The Wave building and you will be carpooled from there. Suggested donation for the tour is $10, all of which goes to the RAA. Last season’s tours were very well received, so we look forward to seeing you on this one.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Esther Grillo’s mural "Surf’s Up" takes place Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. at Beach 108 street and Shore Front parkway. All are welcome to attend. Surely, if you have ridden or walked along Shore Front parkway this summer, you have seen the step by step creation of this terrific new addition to the Rockaway landscape. This ceremony is your chance to publicly celebrate and support projects like this to improve our neighborhood. Parks Commissioner Henry Stern will be in attendance, as well as grantors responsible for funding such projects. The mural was funded by The City Parks Foundation Grant, the Rockaway Artists Alliance Apprenticeship Program: Beach Channel High School students and S.H.A.F.T. So, when you attend, not only are you celebrating the mural itself, but also the students from Beach Channel High and the young children from the neighborhood, who so enthusiastically and artistically assisted Ms. Grillo in this effort. Each time Grillo has received a grant for such a project, she runs an apprenticeship program with the schools. This is the third such program, two of which were sponsored by RAA. The students receive community service credits. Many of the youngsters and their parents will be there on Saturday. Both this mural and Ms. Grillo’s mural at the 84 street shelter can now be seen 24 hours a day, thanks to continuous overnight lighting. Come enjoy the view.

RAA photographer and Metropolitan Museum of Art docent, Joseph Rothenberg, has designed a new tour for the Met. Entitled "The Millennium Tour", it is presented by Mr. Rothenberg within the context of the highlights walking tour at the museum. One work of art from each of the last ten centuries is explored, beginning with the 11th century and ending with the 20th century. Each work represents its century and is a masterpiece in its own right. For example, Humanism was the great movement of the 15th century, and so a Burgundian Madonna and Child was chosen to represent that span of ten decades. For any information regarding this tour, please call Joe Rothenberg.

Congratulations to RAA’s Christian Le Gars for being one of the winners in the eighth annual Manhattan Arts International magazine art competition. Le Gars received an Artist Showcase Award for his watercolor "Hombres en Hiver", which appears in the July-August issue of the magazine.

In the words of Editor-in-Chief, Renee Phillips, "the purpose of the competition is to offer artists the opportunity to have their work receive exposure to our international readership." Le Gars has three watercolors entered in the "Reflections of Summer" exhibit at the Gallery at the Macy Pavilion. The gallery is located in the Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla Campus, Valhalla, N.Y. The exhibit runs until September 22. Westchester Medical Center is a tertiary care medical center employing the "whole body" approach to medicine. The mission of the gallery is to "bring the beauty, peace and joy of art into the lives of those who come to Westchester Medical Center as patients, visitors and workers." Bravo.

AA wishes to thank Renee Phillips for the stimulating and valuable seminar she gave at our September 13 meeting. Ms. Phillips stressed again and again that the artist has the power and tools within his or her own reach to take control of his own career and to succeed in his goals. The artist must be aware of his worth as an individual and to society, and have the courage and perseverance to acquire the techniques necessary to further his career. She spoke of certain specific strategies, such as methods to gain a thorough knowledge of which galleries would be most likely to display one’s work. The audience of more than 60 people welcomed her practical and encouraging advice.

I leave you with the dedication from one of Ms. Phillips’ books. "This book is dedicated to every artist who knows that being an artist is a life force, not a career choice."

 

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