2002-01-12 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rochaway Artists Alliance

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

RAA's next general meeting takes place Monday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden, GNRA. Guest speaker will be artist and activist Cindy Rosin. Rosin's presentation, "Art and Activism," will include slides of her work and a discussion of how that work was effected by her growing concerns relating to social justice, the environment and animal rights. A painter and printmaker, Rosin has been drawing for as long as she can remember. It has been a means of expressing herself. She began oil painting in college. Originally from Wisconsin, Rosin came to New York to study at the School of Visual Arts and has stayed. Initially intending to become an art therapist, Cindy believes that "expression is necessary for survival and the arts are a good way for people to communicate." Presently, Rosin works with an environmental group.

Highly recommended for this weekend is a visit to the Steinhardt Conservatory at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Saturday, January 12 from 2-4 p.m. is the opening reception for what promises to be a unique and very satisfying exhibition, "A Botanist's Look at Nature: Paintings and Sketches by Dr. Peter K. Nelson." Dr. Nelson is a rare artist, scholar and human being. Equipped with the scrupulous eye of a scientist and the soul of an artist, Nelson produces botanical paintings and drawings of enormous authority and beauty. Included in the exhibition are sketchbooks of flora, which Nelson compiled while stationed in the North African desert during WW II. Despite almost no formal art training, he created drawings of accuracy and grace. These sketches are a revealing glimpse into the mind and heart of a scientist and lover of nature. As giving a teacher as he is an artist, Dr. Nelson is a retired professor of botany at Brooklyn College and is currently a volunteer researcher at BBG's Herbarium. Nelson is a master color mixer and a subtle observer with a strong sense of form. The exhibit includes his botanical serigraphs and watercolors. Do yourself the very special favor of attending this reception and exhibition. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located on Flatbush Avenue opposite Prospect Park. For more information log onto www.bbg.org.

Tidbytes –

  • 1 ride to 5 museums – courtesy shuttle service to cultural attractions in Queens – Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., running every hour. 1st bus runs between the Museum of Modern Art (at 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City. 2nd bus runs in a loop to P.S. 1, the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park and the American Museum of the Moving Image. For information log onto www.queensartlink.org.
  • Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park – January 19 at 2 p.m. – Songs of the Civil Rights Movement – concert by Branice McKenzie and her choral ensemble. Free with admission. For information log onto www.queensmuse.org. Hope to see you Monday at Fort Tilden.

Rockaway Artists Alliance is family. Parents and children enjoying performance of MS 43 African dance troupe at RAA's outdoor stage at one of our community events. 

Photo courtesy of Chris Jorge.


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