2002-09-14 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

As the school year begins, it seems appropriate to, once again, stretch those little brain cells with the (trumpet fanfare, please) 14th (or maybe 13th) Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz. Remember, cheating is not only allowed, it is encouraged. That is, after you've really tried to think of the answers on your own. But looking it up will lead you to one piece of information and then lots of others you didn't expect to find. So without further ado, let's get cracking.

Alabaster is a beautiful, translucent material often used by sculptors. "Elemental" by Sir Jacob Epstein, a tense, abstract representation of primitive man, is carved in this material. What is alabaster?

In November the Little Globe Theater will present three one-act plays, its third production at the First Congregational Church on Beach 92 Street in Rockaway. In what English city was the original Globe Theater located? For 5 bonus points, who is the playwright most associated with that theater and where was he born?

The Rockaway Theatre Company recently presented a fine production of "The Good Doctor." Who is the playwright and what famous Russian playwright inspired "The Good Doctor"?

Name one more Russian playwright and the title of a play he wrote. So long as we're on the subject, what Russian empress played a major role in the Hermitage Museum? In what city is the Hermitage located? - present name of the city, please. For 5 bonus points, give the name of the city under the Soviets.

Sarah (not Sandra) Bernhardt was considered the greatest actress of the age (19th and early 20th centuries). She even played Hamlet. What was her nationality?

Eudora Welty and William Faulkner both used this southern state as the setting for their short stories and novels. Name the state.

"The Kiss" is one of the most famous sculptures of Western art. Who is the sculptor?

What color is George Washington's white horse and who painted it?

Reminders -

Saturday, September 14, 2 p.m. at New York Hall of Science - slide show/lecture by RAA "All A-Flutter" photographers Holly Gordon, Laura Eppig and Kathleen Hervey. Presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, an exhibition of butterfly photos by these three artists is to be seen in the Technology Gallery of the Hall through September 22.

Sunday, September 15, 12 noon - Monarch butterfly walk through Fort Tilden led by Park Ranger and butterfly expert Don Riepe. The 11/2 mile walk will include Battery Harris East and the dunes along the beach. Various species of migrating butterflies will be observed. Meet at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. RAA is thrilled at this collaboration with Gateway National Recreation Area. After the walk see the splendid exhibit of butterfly photos, "All A-Flutter" in sTudio 6 Gallery.

Thank you to all the artists who submitted work to ARTSPLASH 2002. The quality and diversity of submissions and of the work chosen will make this month-long arts celebration an exciting, high caliber event in Rockaway. Special thanks to Rikki Ascher and Sandra Overstreet, curators of the ARTSPLASH 2002 visual and performing/literary arts, respectively.

I have chosen, in these last two columns, not to write about the events of 9-11. Like the reaction to a hot stove, I uncontrollably pull away each time I come near to the words necessary for such a discussion. Others have written eloquently in this publication, and I have left it to them. But a picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words. Please reflect for a while on the eloquent image accompanying this column, taken by RAA photographer Roger Carreau titled "Hope Flag."

"Hope Flag" photograph by Roger Carreau appeared in RAA's exhibition, "Remembering," dedicated to September 11 and the crash of Flight 587.

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