2002-08-24 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
Rockaway Artists Alliance

IMPORTANT: Deadline is August 30. Open Call to Artists deadline for ARTSPLASH 2002 is August 30. This is the deadline for submission of application and accompanying material to enter ARTSPLASH 2002, RAA’s 3rd annual October arts festival in Fort Tilden. Visual artists of all media, literary and performing artists are invited to participate in this juried show. Two awards of $250 each will be awarded for excellence. The award winners will be chosen from all selected participants.

If you do not already have the submission guidelines, you can contact the RAA office by sending email to RockArt116@aol.com to get them. Do not submit the work itself to be juried. Slides or photos of work or tapes or CD’s must be submitted (depending on your art medium). Contact RAA for the correct, simple procedure. Each year ARTSPLASH 2002 has been a very successful arts event attracting hundreds of visitors, diverse artists and the arts community from near and far and members of the press. What makes it such a success is the wide range and quality of artists who participate. We can’t do it without you and we offer the artist a great venue for exposure. So take advantage of this great opportunity for both you and the RAA.

Speaking of deadlines, a reminder that the deadline to get in that application for the 2003 Queens Community Arts Fund is September 19. Keep in mind that if you are a first-time applicant you have to have attended a QCAF seminar like the one that was given at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. If you didn’t this year, do so next year. This is a great funding opportunity for artists of all kinds. For more information you can log onto www.queenscouncilarts.com.

Have I told you lately about www.thequeensscene.com? This is a terrific website that provides all sorts of information about the Queens art scene. Check it out. Another fine website for the New York arts scene is www.artswire.org. Keep informed. Though artists work alone in a studio, they shouldn’t stay there. Being aware of the opportunities available to you and the groups that can strengthen you as an individual makes you a better and more successful artist.

"Urban Air Forms, Queens" is a special outdoor exhibition during the U.S. Tennis Open by the group 14 Sculptors. It runs through October 22 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on the lawn opposite the Queens Museum entrance. Hours of exhibition are dawn to dusk. Exhibition sponsors are the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the City of New York Parks and Recreation. Pieces range in scale from standard to monumental with a diversity of materials. Members of 14 Sculptors who are also members of RAA include Esther Grillo, whose work "Psychedelic Mushroom" is part of this show. 14 Sculptors exhibits in diverse venues within and beyond the art establishment in its search for sites on which to present experimental sculpture. Its members wish to express universal harmony. Its objective is to stimulate dialogue between the viewers and the artists. Their creations have been and are presently on view in Fort Tilden. Visit www.14sculptors.com.

Great weekend at Gateway! Keep your eyes to the skies for butterflies and kites – "All A Flutter," the exhibition of photographs of rain forest and Long Island butterflies in their natural habitats, opens in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Opening reception is Sunday, August 25 from 1-3 p.m. Read more about the exhibit elsewhere in this newspaper. The other great event to come out for is the Rockaway Kite Festival. One of the beautiful kites being flown is by Esther Grillo of a stunning Monarch butterfly, celebrating her latest "wave shelter" mural entitled "Monarch Landscape," the Monarch migration that takes place this time of year and "All A-Flutter." So go fly a kite and then come enjoy some of the most beautiful photographs you’ve ever seen. Or check out the exhibit and then the kites. But don’t miss either one.

Sunday, September 15 at 12 noon Park Ranger and butterfly expert Don Riepe will conduct a special Monarch butterfly walk in Fort Tilden. The walk will start and end at sTudio 6. Watch for further details in this column.

See you at the Fort!

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