2001-11-10 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

Fast Reminder: This is the final weekend to catch RAA’s ARTSPLASH 2001 at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance, in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area (GNRA) presents "Travel in Asia with James Cosgrove and Denis Macrae" – Photographs, Paintings & Performance. The exhibition and accompanying events run from November 17 through December 9 in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, GNRA, Rockaway. Admission is free to gallery and all special events. The people, sights, music and spirit of 11 Asian countries are captured by 2 versatile artists, intimately familiar with this fascinating part of the world. The opening reception takes place Saturday, November 24, 12-3 p.m. Performance at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Watch for more information in this column in the coming weeks regarding the exhibition and the special events.

Call to RAA Artist Members – the next RAA member exhibition is "Winter Light." It will run from December 15-January 13. Submission dates are Saturday, December 8 from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 from 1-4 p.m. Bring submissions to sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. Original works are preferred. However, prints will be accepted. All work must be securely framed, with a secure wire across the back for hanging. Limit on number of works submitted: 3 small pieces (approximately14"x18," framed); 2 medium pieces (approximately 20"x24," framed); or 1 large piece (more than 20"x24," framed.) Sculpture and pottery are welcomed. Artist must provide pedestal or table. Hanging donation is $20 per artist. There is a 10% donation on sales. Opening reception will be Sunday, December 16, 1-3 p.m. Pick-up date is January 13, 2-4 p.m.

Friday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m. an opening celebration is being held at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn for the new mural outside the hospital’s emergency room. The mural was created by RAA’s Geoff Rawling as a tribute to the EMS workers, firefighters and police of Brooklyn and to the nurses, doctors and staff of the hospital. Read more about this very special work of art in a coming issue of this newspaper.

The next RAA general meeting is Monday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden, GNRA. Nominations will be held for officers and members of the board of directors. Guest speaker will be artist Pat Seddio, who will show slides and discuss her work and the influences upon it. Seddio began painting over 25 years ago by taking full-time classes in art. Her mother, she says, was a great storyteller. She, herself, is a writer and storyteller and this influences here artwork. The story line in her head is transferred to the canvas. Seddio’s colors are very vibrant and striking. She combines use of oils both thinly watered down and straight from the tube. Her sense of freedom and profound spiritual beliefs are evident in her work.

Artistic and supportive interchange and camaraderie are the main attractions of RAA for Seddio. She further states, "I would love to tell everyone that each and every single one of us has an inner quality, an inner passion, an inner gift that most definitely should be used. People say they have no talents. I think every single one of us has talents. They just don’t know what it is. Some don’t know they have it. It’s there. You have to seek it out."

Come seek out your talent, your passion and your inner quality. Come to the Rockaway Artists Alliance on Monday, November 12. Meet Pat Seddio and see her work.

"Dieing Plateau, Central Java, Indonesia" – one of the photographs in the upcoming Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibition: "Travel in Asia with James Cosgrove and Denis Macrae" – Photographs, Paintings and Performance.

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