2001-02-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance is offering art classes to adults 18 years of age or older. Cost is $75 per course (which includes automatic membership in RAA); $50 per course for members. All supplies are included. The classes will take place in sTudio 6 (building T6) in Fort Tilden. Aaron Zeidman will teach drawing for 8 Saturday sessions 11a.m. – 1 p.m.: March 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14, 21, 28. Geoff Rawling teaches painting for 8 Sunday sessions 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.: March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 22, 29 May 6. Miriam Abraham will teach clay sculpture 6 Saturday sessions from 2 – 4 p.m.: March 10, 17, 24, 31 April 7, 14. To register, call Carol at the RAA office Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or email RAA at rockart116@aol.com.

"Winter Solace" – Music, Art and Poetry to Warm a Winter’s Day takes place Saturday, February 24 from 12 noon – 3 p.m. in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. To correct an error in last week’s paper, reservations are not required. Do you taste the air beginning to change? Are you starting to feel the difference in the sun? Is spring just beyond your out-stretched hand? Bring it a little closer on the 24th day of this month – only a week from now. Come join the warmth and camaraderie of singers, musicians, artists and poets celebrating the coming of the fresh new season. Singing and playing favorite standards, show tunes, ballads and pop classics will be Apryl Green and Karen O’Shea, professional entertainers whose credits include star appearances with the Rockaway Theatre Company. Joining them will be Marty Tisch of The Blues Club, Albert Green and a few surprise "guests." Michael Finnegan, a local singer / musician who has performed a variety of jazz and show tunes in clubs around New York and who has taught in the KidsmART program, adds his talent and charm to the afternoon. Aaron Zeidman, editor of Tinker Literary Magazine, and Dee Dickason are among the poets who will be reading their work. Aaron has also taught for RAA. In addition, his artwork appears in RAA’s current exhibition, "Interior – Exterior," setting for this event. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The event is part of the "Paint the Town Red" celebration of NYC & Company and Queens Tourism Council.

Esther A. Grillo is one of 15 female artists to participate in an exhibition to honor Women’s History Month at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, March 1 – 31. Other well-known artists taking part include Louise Nevelson, Marisol and Alice Aycock. Opening reception is Thursday, March 1 (time to be announced). On display from these creators of public art are drawings, models and Grillo’s outdoor kinetic, monumental sculpture "Giraffe." Grillo’s initial designs for the Shore Front parkway murals "Surf’s Up" and "The Deep" and her maquette for "Giraffe" will be shown.

Grillo has a solo exhibit coming up – "Esther Grillo: Installations, Indoor and Outdoor Sculpture," featuring the premiere of a new kinetic installation entitled, "Shore Dance." Included in the show are "Black Narcissus" (part of the Fort Tilden sculpture walk) and the indoor surreal installation, "Fantasied Garden." Also on display will be related freestanding sculpture and wall reliefs. You can see one of Grillo’s wall sculptures in RAA’s "Interior – Exterior" exhibit until March 11. Grillo’s solo show runs from February 26 – April 20 at Gruss Center of Visual Arts, the Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Opening is March 31. Artist’s gallery and slide talk, 1 – 3 p.m. Artist’s reception is 3 – 5 p.m.

On display at Chase Bank on Beach 116 street is an exhibit of artwork created by the children of RAA’s KidsmART program in honor of Chinese New Year. KidsmART Program Director Chris Jorge, Program Coordinator Marina Callaghan and the instructors in the program use the teaching of art to broaden the views of their students to include the culture and history of other societies. In this year of the snake, 4699, the children learned, among other things, that according to legend Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came and Buddha named a year after each one, announcing that those people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s traits. People born in the Year of the Snake are said to be thoughtful and determined.

Go see the colorful artwork gracing this local bank. But watch out for that long, cool skinny fellow along the railing. It isn’t Geoff. Later, baby.

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