2000-11-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio....

From The Artists Studio....

By Susan Hartenstein

Another terrific art exhibition is now up at the "sTudio-6" gallery in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. This latest Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit, "Seasonal Sensations", boasts the diversity of style and medium that is the hallmark of this talented group of artists.

Works from members of long standing exploring new territory and intriguing works from new members combine with established works to create a show which is comfortably familiar yet exciting and thought-provoking. Many of the prints, photographs and original watercolors and oils depict scenes of this area of Queens, though not exclusively so. Denis Macrae’s stunning new photographs capture local waterfowl in flight, rest and song. The clarity and directness of the images will leave your mouth agape. Janet Dever’s vivid prints of her original watercolors depict Breezy Point seascapes in their varied colors and moods. M. Elliott Killian, curator of this splendid exhibition, has entered prints of her watercolor Rockaway seascapes and photographs that capture the calm of Peconic Lake. Christian Le Gars’ solar plate intaglio prints show scenes of France and of the "Fog at Fort Tilden." Thank heavens Nicholas Fucci pays no attention to the traditional rules of watercolor painting. His latest, increasingly abstract works continue to push the envelope in this medium. Kevin Callaghan’s handling of color grows more nuanced and vivid, as is evidenced in his newest canvases, particularly in "Broad Channel." New member Alexander Rikhter combines various media and materials to create unique works which play tricks on the viewer. Stylized human and animal creatures flow over the surface in the complex textural designs of new member Constance Ann Kramer.

Though not limited to this, many of the pieces in the show capture the palette and moods of the season. In Maureen McGuire’s "Winter Barn" the snow is covered with winter’s unique warm light. The fragile beauty of a "Frozen Rose" is caught by photographer Chris Jorge. A lone fox in the snow is seen in one of Jean Sammis’ vivid canvases, as is an amazing frog peaking out of a water lily in another of her oil paintings. A dapper penguin is the star of one of Mary Ann McEvoy’s beautifully crafted quilt wall hangings.

Gallery hours of sTudio-6 are Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. The present show runs through January 14, 2001. Admission is free. For further information or to arrange group tours, contact RAA online at rockart116@aol.com. Don’t miss seeing these and many other artworks at this fine exhibition so conveniently located in this scenic national park. "Seasonal Sensations" is presented in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area.

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Start your search now! The RAA holiday party grab bag exchange is coming! Don’t know what to do with that indescribable lamp grandma sent you? Found that tie that you lost last year (on purpose) from wifey dearest? Unearthed that thing in the basement from Uncle Otto that you frankly never knew what it was? For joy! December 11 at RAA’s holiday party you may give the gift of love to others (and of relief to yourself) by bringing, as artistically wrapped as you know how, that unwanted, zany and/or wacky "thing" that you no longer want or need, but that will bring joy to another –i.e. one person’s "dreck" is another person’s gold. So mark this general meeting down now – some business, lots of art, fun and refreshments.

RAA quickies:

  • KidsmART begins November 28. Look forward to seeing all you wonderful parents and precious kids.
  • Rosie, of Rosie’s Gift Shop on the Boulevard and 114 street, invites all RAA members to contact her if they are interested in displaying their work in her window. If you’re interested in great stocking stuffers, speak to Rosie, too.
  • Welcome to new RAA board member John Grillo. Many thanks to outgoing member Joan Doblin Vogel.
  • RAA members wishing to display prints, cards, original works at the Saint Camillus holiday boutique, contact Martha Killian or me ASAP. Last year’s arts and crafts boutique was very fruitful for the artists. This year’s is being held Saturday, December 2 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Tip of the week – saucepan, leftover turkey, tomato sauce, spices of choice. The rest is up to you. Enjoy.


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