2001-11-24 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

In unity, so many came together. Family held family. Strangers leaned upon strangers. A neighborhood, a community, a world came together. A prayer service filled with eloquent words and music. Familiar faces of friends made over a lifetime, unfamiliar faces that could have been one’s mother’s or brother’s or one’s own. Later, the smells of ashes and fuel. The sights of destruction. Standing in the middle of the reality. The reality that, in other places on this earth, today and yesterday, is a constant and repeated occurrence. By accident or by intent. Each place has been someone’s home, someone’s family. Today it is here. Tomorrow…They say that a tragedy brings out the best and the worst in people. So far I have seen only the best. Reinforced pride in one’s own community. Reawakened awareness of the treasure that is home. Renewed resolve to overcome differences and apathy to fight for what is so precious to us all – our home and each other. A neighborhood, a community, a world.

Reminder:

  • Saturday, November 24 – 1 to 4 p.m. – sTudio 6, Fort Tilden-- Opening reception for "Travel in Asia with James Cosgrove and Denis Macrae": Photographs, Paintings & Performance. 2 p.m. performance: Includes Filipino classical guitarist Dodie Peralta. Slide show. Audience participation encouraged. Refreshments will include authentic Filipino food. Free admission. Cosgrove and Macrae have traveled through more than 11 Asian countries over the last 30 years. Their artwork reveals an insight born of intimate familiarity. The images range from poetic delicacy to monumental grandeur. Buddhist monks at prayer. A breathtaking Java landscape. An old woman’s face filled with a lifetime of humor and toil. The exhibition runs through December 9. Gallery hours: Saturday 12-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information: call RAA or email: RockArt116@aol.com.

Opportunities for Artists:

  • Queens Council on the Arts members are invited to prepare entries for QCA’s 1st annual member exhibition "Echoes of a New Millennium." The juried exhibition runs from February 10 – March 11 at Queens Theatre in the Park’s Gallery-in-the-Round. Video will be incorporated into the program. For upcoming details, log onto QCA’s website: www.queenscouncilarts.org.
  • Call for proposals 2001-2002 from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Inc.: "Window on Jamaica" is a new exhibition space at JCAL facing Jamaica Avenue. JCAL is inviting artists in all media to submit proposals to create site-specific artwork using one of JCAL’s windows. The artwork will be visible from the street and will be illuminated by a light box. Artists are encouraged to visit the site before submitting the proposal.
  • Writer’s Forum – November 24 and December 22 at 1 p.m. – Women’s Studio Center. Writers are invited to bring one piece of writing to share. Speaking time: 5 minutes or less. You can RSVP by phone, or email www.womenstudiocenter.org.
  • LaGuardia Performing Arts Center – Grant Writing Strategies. Fee: 10 sessions/20 hours/$150. Conduct research and write you own grant proposal. Learn how to approach government, corporate and foundation funding sources in this hands-on course in grant writing for the arts. Email address: LPAC@lagcc.cuny.edu

Reminder to RAA member artists: Submission dates for "Winter Light" are December 8 and 9, 1-4 p.m. in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. Original paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and pottery. Call RAA for details and submission guidelines.

For many, this holiday season has hollowness to it. For others, there is much for which to still be grateful. To all – I wish for you to find a place within you, even if it is small, full of solace, peace and understanding. Love each other very much this week, and always.

All Aboard - The Macrae family boarding a jet in Manila, Philippines this summer. A multi-media show from Bali Indonesia will be shown this Saturday, November 24, at the RAA opening in Fort Tilden. Photo by Denis Macrae


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