2002-08-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein

By Susan Hartenstein
Rockaway Artists Alliance

For generations the butterfly has symbolized rebirth and renewal, the flight of the soul, and the ability to bring dreams to reality. Native Indian Legend states 'If you desire a wish to come true - touch a butterfly, speak your vision, release it - and wait for the butterfly to return.'" Hans Schnauber

"My camera is an integral part of me...an extension of my mind, heart, eye...a part of my past, present and future. It is a synthesis of my 'love affair' with nature and with life." Holly Gordon

A very special exhibition is coming to sTudio 6 Gallery from August 24 through September 22. "All A-Flutter" is an exhibition of color photographs of rain forest and Long Island butterflies in their natural environments by Holly Gordon, Laura M. Eppig and Kathleen Hervey. The stunning images of these three naturalists/nature photographers are a perfect fit with the national park location of the gallery. At the time of "All A-Flutter," Fort Tilden will be in the midst of the monarch butterfly migration. Indeed, a butterfly walk is being scheduled for one of the weekends of the exhibition. Watch this column and "It's What's Happening" for the exact date.

Gordon, Hervey and Eppig are all accomplished award-winning nature photographers whose cameras have recorded much more than just butterflies. Their passion for capturing the artistry of nature extends to other insects, flowers, animals and landscapes. Gordon and Hervey have traveled extensively. Gordon's itinerary includes Costa Rica, The Falkland Islands, Antarctica, Australia, Australia, New Zealand, Easter Island and the Galapagos. Experienced photographer Laura Eppig finds her world closer to her Long Island home, often her own backyard. She states, "Great shots are all over, just waiting to be taken." She also states, "I firmly subscribe to the tenet: Take only photographs; leave only footprints." Portfolios of some of the wide range of images these artists have recorded will also be on view at "All A-Flutter."

September 11 falls during the run of "All A-Flutter." Returning to the words and thoughts of Hans Schnauber in the first paragraph of this column, 9/11 can be seen as "a vision of 'Restoration, Recovery and Rebuilding.'...We must remind ourselves daily that we are [metaphorically] all caterpillars seeking the moment we become butterflies."

Join us on Sunday, August 25 from 1-3 PM for the opening reception of this unique exhibition.

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Have you been considering joining the Rockaway Artists Alliance? I know, you think an artist isn't a "joiner." Well, think again. And this time consider the benefits.

RAA membership entitles you to:

  • Bi-monthly newsletter

  • Access to and inclusion in all RAA exhibits and events

  • Usage of RAA art facilities, workshops, studios, galleries, etc.

  • Potential for instructing arts through RAA grants

  • Networking and social/cultural exchange opportunities with other artists and arts organizations

  • Discounts for RAA collaborations, programs, etc

  • Certain discounts at local merchants

  • Free e-mail account

Watch this column for the rescheduling of the RAA/BWS watercolor "paint-out", or contact our office.

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