2002-04-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Stained Glass Exhibition Opens

"The Essence of Light," an exhibition of the art of stained glass, opens on April 21 and runs through May 11 at sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden, GNRA. The wine and cheese opening reception is Sunday, April 21, 1-4 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Stained glass captures pure rays of sunlight, transforming that light, which is the essence of life, through shards of glass into the glorious brilliance of color. "The Essence of Light" exhibition features a full spectrum of handmade original art in glass by local Rockaway artists, weaving the thousand year old art form in an historic context with a smattering of precious stained glass from the turn of the century.

Master Glassman Patrick Clark, artists George Marian, Anne Hourigan, Raphael Diaz, apprentice artist Christopher Dyson and invited artists Marzona Fiszer and Robbie and Theresa Inqui will present highlights of their work in glass objects and stained glass panels, fabricated in a wide variety of styles and glass densities. The Inquis specialize in neon art. Dyson will show one of his first original creations, "My Light on Manhattan." The show is accented with historic antique stained glass including segments from Innsbruck and Munich c. 1860 from the collection of Patrick Clark.

A special reception featuring descriptive interpretation by the artists will be held Thursday, May 2 from 7-9 p.m. Join the artists for champagne and scones. Admission is free to both receptions and to the exhibition. Gallery hours are: Saturdays 12-5 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. For information, please contact the Rockaway Artists Alliance at 718 474-0861 or email RockArt116@aol.com.

"Remembering," the exhibition commemorating our recent losses and looking to our future, continues in RAA’s sTudio 7 through April 28. "The Best of Remembering" will form part of RAA’s Art Frenzy exhibitions and special events, which you will read more about in the coming weeks. These multi-media exhibitions run from May 25-June 23, highlighted by Art Frenzy weekend June 8 and 9. Stay tuned for the fun.

There will be a reading of spring poetry by the New York Haiku-kai on Saturday, April 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. The reading will be followed by an open mic for those wishing to present their spring haiku.

Watch for a magical transformation (art is magic) of a certain now-blank and very boring wall on 116th Street by RAA elves. Hint: you will see the magic transpire as you wait for the bus to your Aunt Ethel in Brooklyn. More to follow. Stay tuned.

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