2001-05-12 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

"John J. Grillo, Photographs: Near and Far" opens Saturday, May 19 from 1 – 4 p.m. at sTudio-6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. This solo exhibition of black and white photography is a retrospective view of Grillo’s recent work, which makes evident a few dichotomies of format and subject matter. The photographs are taken in panorama and conventional 35 mm.

The exhibition includes images taken in Costa Rica and Italy and in the local Rockaway peninsula area. These images capture a quiet and poetic beauty of landscape and of some of its inhabitants. Grillo’s ability to find intelligent visual images in an often mundane, human-inscribed world is balanced with his remarkable ability to translate natural beauty into finely printed black and white photographs that are elegant and haunting.

Throughout his extensive career, Grillo’s work has been exhibited and collected in many fine art institutions including The Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and Wutsum Museum. In 1981 he was awarded the prized CAPS (Creative Artist Photographers Fellowship) Grant by the State of New York. Art critic Grace Gluck on commenting about his panoramic photographs taken with a Widelux camera observed that his images "are living proof that photography is as much an art as any other." Grillo has studied with legendary photographer Lisette Model, master printer and photographer George Tice, Sean Kernan, Eduardo Del Valle and Mirta Gomez.

"Photographs: Near and Far" runs through June 10. Gallery hours are Saturday 12 – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibition is presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, please contact Mr. Grillo through the RAA or email: PhotographicView@aol.com.

This is the final weekend to experience the "Out of Towners" exhibition at sTudio-6 Gallery. On Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in building T-7 Martha Elliott Killian will display new floral prints and local scenes. "Fit to Print" will include "Lily of the Amazon," "Amaryllis" and three Hawaiian flower prints.

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Women’s Studio Center, CyberCity@ LIC Digital Moving Image Festival, shuttle buses, open studio tours, audience interactive avant garde and traditional Indian dance. Something for everyone and then some at Art Frenzy, Long Island City’s weekend of art music and performance on May 17 – 20. The festival is sponsored by Queens Council on the Arts and the Long Island City Business and Development Corporation. In a schedule (subject to change) too expansive to give in this column, Art Frenzy is shaping up as an extraordinary celebration of the arts over a large but accessible area of western Queens. RAA will participate in the form of renowned mural artist Geoff Rawling leading children in a mural project on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Court Square Park. Rawling is the Pied Piper of children’s murals. He is expert at turning a child, a smock and several buckets of paint into a magical experience for all. So allow your kids to bring the child in you to this fun event. For more information and schedules of this gigantic celebration of the arts and artists of Queens, log onto www.artfrenzy.net.

The next RAA meeting is Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden. Patrick Clark, famous for his stained glass artistry, will show another aspect of his talents in a slide presentation of his wilderness photography. In addition, meet representatives of Materials for the Arts, a large not for profit arts supplier.

Watch for RAA to make an appearance on NBC’s 5 – 7 a.m. show "Today in New York" on tape and in a live appearance with Chris Cimino to be shot on Beach 116th Street in Rockaway on May 17. Rain date is May 18. Set those alarm clocks, friends.

"Sunflower Field, Italy 1997" – One of the works in John J. Grillo - Photographs: Near and Far" May 19—June 10 at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Opening reception Saturday, May 19, 1-4 p.m.

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