2002-05-11 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Pictures do not draw themselves. Last week’s column was accompanied by a wonderful mixed media artwork entitled "Lovers," by artist and writer Robert Sarnoff. Sorry, Bob. I think the caption must have gotten lost in the surf. "Lovers" will be just one of the many terrific pieces on display in the RAA Fort Tilden galleries during Art Frenzy in May and June. Learn more about Art Frenzy in just a minute or two (depending on how fast a reader you are).

The guest presenters at this coming Monday’s open RAA general meeting will be the band "T-7" and "Birdman" Denis Macrae, who as of this writing, had not returned my phone call inquiring as to the subject of his Monday night slide show. But, as we all know—if it’s Denis, it will be fun and enlightening. All are welcome. Bring your newest artwork. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Brooklyn Watercolor Society (BWS) will hold an outdoor "paint-out"/workshop on Saturday, June 15, meeting at 11 a.m. in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. Rain date is Saturday, June 22. Some watercolor experience is preferred, but not necessary. Open to RAA members only. Call the RAA office for details and to place your name on the participation list. By the way, BWS is looking for new members. The best of the resulting paintings will appear in ARTSPLASH 2002, RAA’s multimedia exhibition in October.

Artist Michael Redpath is offering a free 4-week course in hand-painting furniture at Adaptive Aquatics in Fort Tilden starting Tuesday, June 4. Materials not included. For those interested or for more information call the RAA office.

Yes, champagne and scones do go together brilliantly or, at least they do when presented by the elegant touch of Patrick Clark and accompanied by the shining glory of stained glass art. Stained glass master craftsman and artist Clark and the several glass "magicians" who presented "Essence of Light" at Fort Tilden, shone at the May 2 reception at which the artists spoke about the technique and spirit of their work. Thank you to Patrick, especially, for this most unique and splendid exhibition and for being a gentleman and a "class act."

Thank you to Blockbuster Video for their generous contribution of $2500 to help RAA organize and present this summer’s "Movies by Moonlight." "M x M" is 2 free nights of films under the stars (they’re not all on the screen) in Fort Tilden. The last two "M x M" events attracted 1000 people each. Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 are the dates. Tilden is the place. Be prepared for one or two surprises. Stay tuned.

Two of the artists participating in "Brooklyn Images, Brooklyn Artists" are RAA’s Jonas Mlenak and Donnarae Aiello. The show runs May 11-June 9, opening reception on May 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Object Image Gallery, 91 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn. Also on May 11 from noon until 6 p.m. is the opening reception for "BWAC Pier Show 10" art exhibition. The show is at 499 Van Brunt Street at Beard Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn. RAA’s James Cantirino is one of the participating artists. For more information on the show and accompanying special events, log onto www.bwac.org.

Esther Grillo proposes to soon begin creation of the fourth and final mural to renovate and beautify the last of the ‘wave’ shelter murals on Shore Front Parkway, at 76th Street. RAA’s free Mural Apprenticeship Program, taught by Grillo, invites past apprentices and new apprentices from the community to participate. Children 9 years old and up and adults are invited. The programs will run from May 20-September 30, 2002 and May 1- September 30, 2003. Apprentices will learn site preparation and clean up, transference of cartoon design, color and painting techniques, etc. In addition to working with a master artist, the students will be working on renovating the last of 4 Rockaway icons. This will require teamwork, time management, task analysis and personal and communal responsibility. They will receive community service certificates documenting their volunteerism and their names will be displayed on a wall plaque. Apprentices will be recognized for their participation during the ribbon cutting ceremony to take place in 2003. "The Monarch Landscape" will be the fourth and last of Grillo’s shelter murals, all run with apprenticeship programs that had 30-40 participants each. The mural will depict a colorful landscape filled with blooming flowers acting as a backdrop for the black and orange wings of hundreds of migrating monarch butterflies shown flying in mass.

The next meeting of the Design sub-committee of the WTC – 9/11 Memorial Committee is Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sunset Diner, Beach 116th Street.

Art Frenzy – art exhibitions May 25-June 23. A weekend of art and special events June 8 and 9. Visual, theater, musical, literary, film arts – all part of RAA’s exhibitions and events in Art Frenzy. More details and a calendar, later. Preview – Well known sculptor Peter Lundberg is constructing a monumental concrete sculpture for Art Frenzy at Riis Landing, between Fort Tilden and the Gil Hodges Marine Park Bridge. The scuplture will be visible from both. Lundberg is the director of the Connecticut Sculpture Park and is a close associate of famed sculptor Mark di Suvero. The concrete for the huge piece is generously donated by Quadrozzi Concrete Corporation.

Stick around. This is going to be awesome.

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