2002-02-02 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

The Rockaway Artists Alliance is greatly saddened by the loss of Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings. A woman of enormous kindness and strength, she fought hard for the people of her district, particularly in the areas of education, job training and economic development. As a good friend of RAA and of our work in the community, she helped provide funding for some of those services. Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings was a respected role model, not just for African Americans, not just for women. She was a role model for all and will be missed.

"Echoes of a New Millennium" is the first annual artist member exhibition of the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA.) This multi-media group show runs from February 11- March 13, 2002 at the Queens Theatre in the Park, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Curator for the exhibit is Robyn Love, curator of the Queens Theatre in the Park's Main and Studio Galleries and a highly regarded conceptual artist. Among the 36 artists featured in the QCA exhibition, five are from Rockaway and three of those five are members of the Rockaway Artists Alliance. RAA's Michael Redpath is the exhibition's featured visual artist. Redpath is a New York City firefighter whose fine art furniture sculptures of New York buildings and items of urban life, including subway trains and baseball stadiums, are dazzling in their detail and refinement.

Painter/muralist Geoff Rawling and writer Susan Hartenstein are the other RAA members in the exhibition. Larry Racioppo, whose photographs of religious rituals and places of worship reflect a search for spiritual meaning, and writer Dee Dickason round out the Rockaway "contingent." Among the other diverse visual, literary and performing artists to be found in "Echoes of a New Millennium" are featured performing artist Sridhar Shanmugan, whose unique dances fuse ancient Indian forms with Western pop culture. Professional quilter Geraldine Hazel, poet and police officer Brian LaRussa, Agnes Martinez, who specializes in painting women of the Caribbean, and dancer Mariana Bekerman, an award-winner at RAA's ARTSPLASH 2001 arts festival, are some of the other participants. Opening reception for "Echoes of a New Millennium" takes place Sunday, February 10 at 4-6 p.m. in Queens Theatre in the Park Main and Studio Galleries. The reception will be held concurrently with QCA's Queens Community Arts Fund Awards Ceremony and the presentation of the first QCA Commissions for Community Award. For further information contact Queens Council on the Arts, email: djak@queenscouncilarts.org or log onto www.queenscouncilarts.org.


  • RAA's next sTudio 6 Gallery exhibition is coming: "PASSION RED" opens on Saturday, February 9 with a Music, Art, Poetry wine and cheese reception. Join the RAA family for a great afternoon.


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