2001-01-06 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio By Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio
By Susan Hartenstein

Following up on an earlier story, "Artists of the Future," an exhibit of paintings created in James McKay’s Saturday workshop at Middle School 198, was a great success. Approximately 70 people attended this one-day show. Two of the young artists sold work. Congratulations to all involved.

John Grillo has created a CD-ROM of 26 original photographs of Playland. It is a slide show and screensaver priced at $12. Eloquent and haunting, these photographs are a must for anyone who remembers this Rockaway landmark. Contact RAA if you want to get in touch with Mr. Grillo.

RAA members who wish to submit work for "Interior – Exterior" may bring their entries to the general meeting on Monday, January 8. They may also bring work to T-6 on January 14 from 1 – 4 p.m. or January 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. Check last week’s column for rules and guidelines or contact me or Martha Killian at home or at the RAA office.

Put it on your calendars now. The imaginative and thought-provoking art of Walter Gurbo is coming to New York. "We God’s Clowns", paintings and glicee prints, will be on exhibit at Theatre for the New City from January 20 through March 31. The opening is on Saturday, January 20, 4 –6 p.m. Gallery location is 155 1st Avenue, Manhattan. Gurbo was a founding member of RAA and a teacher and mentor to many. If you wish to learn more about this exhibit, log onto www.gurbo.net. This column will contain further information in coming weeks.

The ninth annual Outsider Art Fair will be presented January 26 – 28 at the Puck Building, Lafayette and Houston Streets in Soho. Last year’s fair contained much that was exciting and eye-opening. Though definitions of outsider art vary, generally these are artists who are self-taught, intuitive and well off the beaten path. Some have been in prison or mental institutions. Others have taken crafting skills learned at their "mother’s knee" to new and higher levels. Their backgrounds are as wide-ranging as their art. You are not likely to find this work in many places and much of it is worth seeing. Preview is January 25, 6:30-9 p.m. A symposium will be presented January 27, 10 a.m.-noon at New York University. January 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., "Inside Outsider Art" is a day spent in Brooklyn visiting artists and galleries with an expert as guide. The fair and preview have admission fees and the other two events listed require registration fees. For more information, log onto info@sanfordsmith.com or www.sanfordsmith.com.

Exhibitions around town:

  • P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center – Jackson avenue at 46th avenue, Long Island City – "Disasters of War: Francisco de Goya, Henry Darger, Jake and Dinos Chapman" – etchings, watercolors, sculpture and photographs – through February 25.
  • Ends January 7-- American Craft Museum – 40 West 53 – "Venetian Glass: 20th Century Italian Glass From the Olnick Spanu Collection" – over 200 works from the early 1900’s to the present. "Memories of Murano: American Glass Artists in Venice" – works by 20 American glass artists including Toots Zynsky and Dale Chihuly.
  • Museum of American Folk Art – Columbus avenue at 65th – "An Engagement with Folk Art: Cyril I. Nelson’s Gifts to the Museum of American Folk Art" – quilts, textiles, portraits, painted and decorated furniture and ephemera – through January 14.
  • Lest you forget, RAA’s present exhibition in studio-6, "Seasonal Sensations," runs through January 14. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

This is a very exciting time to be an artist in Rockaway. One senses that something quite special is about to happen. The rest of the city is beginning to discover how much talent and beauty is to be found on this peninsula. Interestingly, the people of Rockaway are discovering it, too. They are also realizing, more and more, how important it is to fight for the health of their community – and that the arts are helping to do that. Join RAA January 8 for its first meeting of the New Year. You may discover a whole new world you never knew existed inside your own hometown. Or you may simply find the riches inside yourself. Seems to be a win-win situation.

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