2002-07-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Saturday, August 3 a free watercolor "paint-out"/ workshop will be held outdoors in Fort Tilden, GNRA. Meet at 9 AM in sTudio 6 Gallery. The "paint-out" is held by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Brooklyn Watercolor Society. Some watercolor experience is preferred. Materials are not provided. If you so desire, you may simply bring a camera and/or a sketchpad. Bring your own folding chair. The best of the results will go into RAA's ARTSPLASH 2002 exhibition in October. Rain date is August 10. Call or email RAA for information and to place your name on a participation list. Email address: RockArt116@aol.com.

On Saturday, August 10 at 6 PM – 10 PM at Riis Landing, across the road from Fort Tilden, Rockaway Artists Alliance presents an artist's reception for Peter Lundberg's new monumental sculpture, "Looking to Sea." All are welcome. Live music, refreshments. Meet the artist.

The RAA gallery exhibition in sTudio 7 has been extended through July. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-5 PM, Sundays 1-4 PM.

ARTSPLASH 2002 is coming! RAA's 3rd annual multi-media arts celebration featuring visual, literary and performing artists will take place October 5-November 3. Opening reception is Sunday, October 6. The Open Call to Artists, detailing submission requirements, is being sent out now. Call or email the RAA office for a copy. Or keep your eye out for the printed Open Call somewhere in this newspaper.

To celebrate the monarch butterfly migration, "All A-Flutter," an exhibition of stunning color photographs of butterflies in their natural habitat, comes to sTudio 6 Gallery from August 24 through September 22. The opening reception is Sunday, August 25, 1-3 PM. The work of RAA nature photographers Holly Gordon, Laura M. Eppig and Kathleen Hervey will be displayed. Through arrangements between the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the New York Hall of Science, the three-artist/ naturalists will also exhibit their work at the Hall of Science in September. A slide show/ lecture of their work will be presented at the Hall in September. Watch this column for more information.

The migration of monarchs has also inspired the latest "wave" shelter mural now being created by RAA artist Esther Grillo and her extraordinary band of volunteers. Entitled "Monarch Landscape," this fourth "wave" mural is on Shore Front Parkway and 76th Street. The entire project is scheduled to be fully completed next year, when the painting on the exterior sides will be finished. For now, Grillo and crew are working on the interior. The projected completion date for the interior butterflies should be around the end of this month, to coincide with the migration path over Rockaway. It is stated by some Breezy Point residents that the numbers of butterflies that settle on local bushes is so high that the bushes appear to be in bloom with flowers. Grillo, who created the other three murals as well and who had been planning this mural for a year, wanted a cheerful subject to make people smile. The completed image will feature a multi-shaded bright blue sky, a brown stone fence, a field of lavender, white violet, pink and red wildflowers and poppies in the center, surrounded by two fields of large yellow sunflowers. Above is a ribbon of monarchs painted to create the illusion that the ribbon is coming towards the viewer from a distance. The largest butterfly will be about 3 feet across, simulating a photograph in which a butterfly is flying across the lens. Young children, teens, parents and grandparents have been involved assisting Grillo, building pride and self-confidence in all of the participants and beautifying the neighborhood. The Rockaway Artists Alliance is sponsoring the project. As in the case of other murals, an apprenticeship program is being run for these local youth. The response from the neighborhood has been intensely supportive. Visit the site sometime. Follow the progress. I can't think of a nicer walk or drive to take on a lovely summer day.

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