2001-01-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio...

From The Artists Studio...

From The Artists Studio...

By Susan Hartenstein

RAA is helping to "Paint the Town Red!" Rockaway Artists Alliance is participating in this promotional initiative of NYC & Company, our city’s convention and tourism marketing organization. A red carpet and large red sign will adorn sTudio-6 for the January 27 opening reception for the "Interior – Exterior" exhibition. All are welcome. The carpet comes courtesy of fellow "Red" participant, The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. The "palette" sign comes courtesy of Geoff Rawling. "Interior – Exterior" begins January 20 and ends March 11. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Should you wish to arrange group tours, contact Martha Killian or me through the RAA office. The show will include the work of some new artists and promises to be quite interesting.

What a great idea! Holding at least four open Rockaway Chamber of Commerce board meetings in 2001. Designed to inform the community and Chamber members of what the Chamber is doing and to provide an opportunity for opinions and suggestions, the first of these "Business After Hours" events was held on January 8 at The Beach Club and was very enlightening. Thank you to Liz Sulik, John Lepore and the entire Chamber for all your wonderful new ideas. We look forward to a brighter future for this peninsula.

Congratulations to RAA’s Kate Judge, who was selected by the Queens Council on the Arts for an individual artist grant for her film "The Circuit." Kate will receive the grant on the evening of February 1 at a ceremony at the New York Hall of Science.

Faith Ringgold is one of this country’s most important contemporary artists. Her storyquilt series are stunning and engaging pieces of visual art and literature. In this unique medium, Ringgold paints the verbal story on her quilted canvas as well as the pictures. The words become an element of the visual. Exhibited in major museums throughout the country, her storyquilts include "Tar Beach," "Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima," and "The American Collection." Ringgold’s newest series, "Coming to Jones Road: Part I," as well as earlier storyquilts, paintings, tankas, drawings, soft sculptures and prints will be exhibited from January 27 through February 24 at ACA Galleries, 529 West 20 street. The reception for the artist will be held Saturday, February 17 from 4–7 p.m.

"Coming to Jones Road: Part I" honors the African American flight from slavery. Interestingly, the trail of the Underground Railroad passed near Ringgold’s New Jersey studio. Ringgold has written and illustrated 10 children’s books. These drawings are frequently on exhibit in museums. "If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks" won an NAACP Image Award. An HBO animated version of her book "Tar Beach" won an Emmy. The original storyquilt is in The Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection. A woodcut and silkscreen based on "Tar Beach" will be exhibited at ACA Galleries. I urge you not to miss this show. Faith Ringgold is a fascinating and talented artist. Her work is imbued with her wit and intelligence. For more information about this exhibit, you may log onto: info@acagalleries.com.

A few shows to catch around town:

  • Frick Collection – 1 East 70 – through February 25 – "The Draftsman’s Art: Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland."
  • Newseum/NY – 580 Madison avenue – through January 27 – "Women Photographers at National Geographic" – more than 60 images by 40 photographers, including Eliza Scidmore, Dickey Chapelle and Jodi Cobb.
  • Tibet House Cultural Center – 22 West 15 – through February 10 – "Inherit the Earth" – photographs by Sheila Metzner.

Sounds like a pretty nice choice, don’t you think?

Remember that Walter Gurbo’s opening for "We God’s Clowns" takes place this Saturday from 4–6 p.m. at Theatre for the New City, 155 1st avenue. Who says the winter is cold and dull? Enjoy.

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