2000-05-27 / Columnists

From the Artists Studio...by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

So how did you do? Did you look some of the answers up? I hope so. That’s not cheating, you know. When you look things up you not only learn about the particular thing you are looking up, you learn about a bunch of stuff sitting around the thing you are looking up. And anytime people learn more about art, I’m happy. OK, now for the facts of life…or, at least, art.

Answers to the Rockaway Artists Alliance Merely a Week Late Mother’s Day Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz:

  1. The actual title of "Whistler’s Mother" is "Arrangement in Black and Gray: the Artist’s Mother", 1871.
  2. The artist who painted it was the American, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The painting is in The Louvre, which is located right next to Grant’s Tomb. (Just kidding.)
  3. Other paintings by Whistler that contain two colors in their titles are "Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket" and "Miss Cicely Alexander: Harmony in Gray and Green". According to H.W. Janson, Whistler thought of his paintings as analogous to pieces of music and called them "symphonies" or "nocturnes."
  4. Berthe Morisot was the granddaughter of Fragonard and sister-in-law of Manet. Morisot was an Impressionist, influenced by the likes of Manet, Renoir and Degas, but with her own unique, sensitive style.
  5. Some of Mary Cassatt’s finest work was done as a printmaker. A woman of great self-discipline, she mastered such demanding techniques as etching, drypoint and aquatint.
  6. Cassatt’s "home town" was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She lived most of her life, however, in Paris.
  7. Edgar Degas, Cassatt’s friend and colleague, was famous for painting ballet dancers.
  8. The Latin word "pietas" is the root word for "pity" and "piety."
  9. Faith Ringgold is the African-American author and artist who wrote "Tar Beach." One of the many artists studied in last year’s KidsmART program, Ringgold creates story quilts that are extraordinary pieces of both art and literature. They are well worth seeing. You can find them at ACA Gallery at 41 East 57th Street in Manhattan.
  10. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is the American artist who created paintings of desert scenes and animal bones.

Believe it or not, there is only one more week left to KidsmART. Time really does fly by when you are having fun. June 1 will be the final day. We invite moms, dads, grandparents and children of all ages to join us that day for a showcase and celebration of the work done by the terrific kids in this innovative after school program. Included will be a theater presentation and a dance presentation. Even if you don’t have children in the program, come see what all the positive talk is about.

Final warning—June 1 is the deadline to submit applications and accompanying material for the October Millennium Festival RAA is hosting in Fort Tilden.

Speaking of Fort Tilden, a big, huge, enormous Thank You to all the brave souls who came out last (cold, rainy) Sunday to help in the final conversions of T-6 into sTudio 6. It looks good enough for an exhibition—our June exhibition, that is.

Remember that submission dates for RAA’s inaugural member exhibition at sTudio-6 are Friday, June 2, 7:30–8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in sTudio-6. A maximum of four pieces may be submitted. Sculptures may also be submitted, with pedestal. We urge all RAA members to enter work. This will be a very special occasion. This new gallery space is the fulfillment of a goal for which we’ve worked very hard. What we exhibit should reflect the quality and diversity of our membership. To mark the event, a special preview reception will be held Friday, June 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for staff of the Queens Council on the Arts. RAA board members and artists are invited. Saturday, June 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. a reception will be held, open to the general public. Both will coincide with RAA’s "Movies by Moonlight" at Fort Tilden. So see an art exhibit and a movie, all on the same night — two for the price of one. And the price can’t be beat — free.

RAA’s Outdoor Art Fair is being held this weekend —Saturday and Sunday — at Starbucks in Howard Beach from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the work of artists such as Martha Killian and Yuri Yurov in a beautiful waterside setting. Stop by for a few relaxing moments. You’ll enjoy that delicious drink and pastry even more with RAA member artwork surrounding you. All artwork is available for sale through the artists. Starbucks is located at 157-41 Cross Bay boulevard.

O frabjous day! RAA filmmaker Kate Judge’s short film "Iceman" has been scheduled for a showing at The Brooklyn Academy of Music on the night of Tuesday, June 6. Congratulations, Kate. For details call Kate or e-mail her at wowtem@juno.com. More about Kate Judge, "Movies by Moonlight" and "Iceman" next week.

Want more? The Rockaway Theatre Company and Gateway National Recreation Area present Neil Simon’s "Rumors" in the Post Theater at Fort Tilden June 2 to July 1. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with special Father’s Day performances at 2 and 7 p.m.

A bouquet of cultural events. Enjoy.



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