2001-05-19 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

Think of this column as the Burma Shave signs – each week you get a little more information than the week before. Eventually you get the whole picture. And speaking of pictures…"Movies by Moonlight" – June 8 & 9 -- 8:30 p.m. – Fort Tilden – Great family entertainment --Sponsored by Blockbuster Video & RAA – "The Gold Rush," "Bye Bye Birdie." Next week, next sign. Or if you want to speed ahead, call RAA (we’re in the book) or email RockArt116@aol.com.

Remember –

  • Saturday, May 19 from 1 – 4 p.m. at sTudio-6, Fort Tilden – opening reception for "John J. Grillo, Photographs: Near and Far."
  • Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Court Square Park, Long Island City – as part of Art Frenzy, Geoff Rawling will lead children in painting a mural. RAA will also have an info table set up at the site.

The Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) in association with Gateway National Recreation Area opens its fourth season with Neil Simon’s "Come Blow Your Horn." It will run from June 2 – June 30 at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden. For more information call RTC or stay tuned to this column. (It’s those Burma Shave signs again.)

As a follow-up to his talk at last month’s RAA general meeting, Roy Fox of Rufus King Manor Museum and RAA have scheduled a tour of that museum on Monday, May 21 at 8 p.m. King was a prominent figure in the early history of this country. He helped forge the Constitution, was a skillful diplomat and an outspoken opponent of slavery. Anyone interested in taking this very interesting tour may go directly to the museum in King Park on Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets. If you can’t provide your own transportation, meet at The Beach Club on 116th Street at 7 p.m. to be "carpooled." But call RAA before, so exact arrangements can be made. The tour is free, but contributions would be gratefully accepted. This tour was arranged for by J. Denis Macrae.

The Blues Club, a great Rockaway band presenting a wide ranging mix including contemporary tunes and jazz and pop classics, plays this Saturday, May 19 at P.J. Curran’s at 217 Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park. Downtime is 10:30 p.m. This is a really talented group of singers and musicians who work beautifully together. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

"Vermeer and the Delft School" is on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 27. To this viewer, most fascinating are the ten or so paintings by Vermeer of women placed in domestic scenes. Mesmerizing, the eyes of these women transfix the viewer as two pins fasten a butterfly to its assigned mounting. Perhaps you have seen some of these works on television. But you have not truly experienced them unless you see them "in the flesh." Finding it difficult to leave their presence, one returns to these faces again and again. Simultaneously beautiful and ugly, these visages haunt the memory, both visually and emotionally. Vermeer’s insight, sensitivity of execution and mastery of light and composition leave one breathless. Included in the exhibition are 85 paintings of approximately 30 Delft artists, drawings and brilliant examples of decorative arts such as gilded silver and Delftware faience.

See you at any or all of the above. Enjoy.

John J. Grillo — Photograph: "Costa Rica Fern Tree 1998" One of the works in "John J. Grillo—Photographs: Near and Far" opening at sTudio-6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Saturday May 19, 1-4 p.m.

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