2002-01-05 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

"Winter Light" has been extended through January 27, 2002. RAA’s member exhibition, featured in the December 30 issue of the Queens Life section of Newsday, is on display in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden and is presented in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area. Gallery hours are Saturday 12 – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. and by appointment. For information, please contact RAA by telephone or email: RockArt116@aol.com.

"Winter Light" presents a diverse selection of works reflecting the unique mood and glowing palette of this season. Sculpture, photography, prints, antique glass and found objects and even poetry are included. Russian émigré Robin Pogrebitsky has created highly imaginative sculptures out of driftwood – two phantasmagoric menorahs and a whirl of wood entitled "Magical Rabbit." Pogrebitsky states, "The menorahs were made in the Chinese year of the snake, so I carved snakes of different sizes on them. I like the idea of bringing these two cultures together in this interesting way. ‘Magical Rabbit’ runs in a spiral. The ocean put the wood on the beach. It was my imagination that saw the magic in it." Fritz, a Broadway stagehand living in Broad Channel, presents "Frost" and "Ice," sparkling candleholders fashioned from crystal glass and tossed-off objects from theater productions the artist has come across in her profession. An "American Renoir" is how art critics often refer to Patrick Antonelle. "Winter Light’ includes two of his limited edition prints. New York City scenes covered in the gentleness of snow and set in a simpler, kinder bygone era. Denis Macrae, Maureen McGuire, Martha Killian and Janet Dever present the seas and beaches of south Queens in the special light that is winter’s, alone. Macrae, who lives right next to the bay in Broad Channel, spends part of each day observing the play of light and color dancing on the water’s surface. His color photographs of Marine Park Gil Hodges Bridge (in gift wrapping) and the sluice on Crossbay Boulevard are testament to this fascination. Breezy Pointers Killian, McGuire and Dever, in watercolor and oil, affirm their love of nature and their surroundings. In crisp, clear black and white, Irv Gordon has photographed the rugged and timeless Andes Mountains under their frigid blanket. Frenchman Christian Le Gars brings three aspects of Maine winters to us in his jewel-like watercolors. Englishman Geoff Rawling paints the cool glamour of a woman in white. In "New Dawn Rising," T.C. Monaghan captured the beauty and monumental elegance of the Twin Towers of last July 4, dawn. Monaghan sees his photograph as a metaphor for the courage our city is now being called upon to show, rising above the atrocity. Dee Dickason envelops Time, Space and the universe in her mystical poetry.

RAA’s next general meeting is Monday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Tilden, building T-149. Guest speaker will be artist Cindy Rosen presenting her work. All are welcome.

Opportunity for Artists – Queens Council on the Arts and the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the second annual Forest Hills Festival of the Arts on Sunday, April 21, 2002. It is estimated that last year’s event attracted 100,000 people to that community’s prestigious shopping district. QCA will be given space for a gallery, housed in a tent on Austin Street. Space in the gallery will be made available to QCA members on a first come, first served basis for a $35 registration fee. An individual 10-foot booth for general festival participants will cost $175. QCA members who wish to show individually may rent a booth directly from the management for a reduced fee of $125. To reserve an individual booth, contact Jennifer Pickwood at "Showtiques. Contact QCA for further information or to become a member. Address: One Forest Park at Oak Ridge/ Woodhaven, NY 11421-1166.

Hope this first week of 2002 has been fruitful and happy for you – a good start to a good year.

Two Paintings, "Edge of Dune" and "Winter Storm," watercolors by M. Elliott Killian, presently being displayed in the RAA’s exhibition, "Winter Light," at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden.

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