2001-09-08 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

Beginning this week, Rockaway Artists Alliance members will be displaying their work in the new Multiviz medical facility in Far Rockaway. RAA and the people of Multiviz believe that healing treats more than just the body. It treats the mind and soul. To that end, RAA has been invited to brighten some of the walls of this brand new building with artwork. The Alliance is very pleased with the opportunity to participate. The grand opening for Multiviz and for the artwork will take place on September 13 at 11 a.m. at 529 Beach 20th Street.

ARTSPLASH 2001 is coming soon! RAA’s month-long multi-media arts event at Fort Tilden will begin September 29 and run through November 11. Visual and performing arts will be featured. Enjoy paintings, sculpture, video art, drumming, dancing, poetry, nature walks and much more. The opening reception will be Sunday, October 7 from noon – 3 p.m. All events will be free of charge. Whet your appetite? Good. More information will follow in later columns. Stay tuned.

"Summer 2001" shows why RAA is a healthy, vibrant arts organization. This exhibition presently at sTudio 6 in Fort Tilden includes the work of 10 new members who have never displayed with this organization before, as well as new works from established members. No two of these artists are alike, and you will find surprises even among artists whose work you thought you knew. Yuri Yurov, whose array of talents continues to amaze, exhibits four photographic prints that show this unique artist’s unique points of view and his ability to manipulate form and space. Photographer David Williams understands the nature of both color and of black and white and is equally brilliant in each.

The same can be said of Viviana Espinosa and Irv Gordon. Geoff Rawling’s life is like a great piece of jazz – spontaneous, yet always on course. His art is the same and in "Friday Nights" he captures the "jazz" of those great art nights at Michael’s. Delicacy and lyricism of form and strength of composition are to be found in Louanne Arnheiter’s work. For anyone who says that it is difficult to find blue flowers, Deb Taphouse’s "Delphinium" blows any hint of that thought away in bold and brilliant fashion. "Gateway Shadow" uses that hue with equal style and clarity. Mary Meade’s paintings are quiet, simple yet intense. One can hear the young insects and smell the fresh blossoms in Lucy Kelly’s two gardens. Jonas Mlenak’s brilliant photo-realistic watercolors bring back the familiar to our hearts and minds and are alive with the bustle and humanity of the scenes’ inhabitants. Jenowade Decardo-Lewis defines the human form and its surroundings with bold strokes and strong colors.

In a fascinating series of small collages that act as one work, Alex Guzman pays homage to his Puerto Rican family in all its aspects and complexities. Small "jewels" are to be found from oil painter Maureen McGuire, oil painter and watercolorist Sean Coveney and Christian Le Gars, master of various media. Always unusual and dramatic, Cindy Rosin exhibits her clever "Tarot of the Artist: The Magician". A pastel and a charcoal from Elke Fontillo are strongly defined, beautifully executed pieces. John Russo’s art is colorful and "primitive." Vibrant colors and clear line are Janet Dever’s trademarks. Pat Seddio’s flower paintings burst from the canvas with life. M. Elliott Killian, chief curator of this exhibit, is represented by two of her beautiful watercolor seascapes. This exhibition runs through September 16. Gallery hours are Saturday 12 – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.

Hope you had a great Labor Day. Many thanks to Dee Dickason for her columns of the last two weeks. Remember that RAA resumes its monthly general meetings on Monday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden. All are welcome.

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