2002-11-02 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Rockaway Artists Alliance hosts an exhibition of photographs by students in Class 503 of Public School 114. The photographs were taken by Mrs. Todes' students in response to the crash of Flight 587. "Rockaway - A Picture Perfect Place" is presented in RAA's sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden on Friday, November 1 at 3-5 p.m. and Saturday, November 2 at 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be a reception each day. The program was sponsored by Newsday. These images of local scenes are picturesque, poignant, humorous and more. Please come enjoy looking at our own community through the creative eyes of our own children.

RAA is offering two weekly classes for adults taught by two members of the respected Salmagundi Club. "Sculpture for Beginners" will be given by new RAA member Eugene Zanis, professor of sculpture at Kingsborough College. The class will be held Tuesday evenings starting November 5, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. Sculpture for Beginners is $10 per class for RAA members. RAA membership is only $25 per year. Based on classical traditions, this timeless subject is explored in such a way that students gain the skills and confidence they need to work in clay. Students are introduced to clay modeling tools and techniques, proportion systems, anatomical concepts, planar structure and the use of light and shadow to demonstrate form. A list of tools and materials will be provided at the first session. Contact RAA if you are interested in participating.

RAA member Everett Molinari teaches an oil painting class every Wednesday night 7-9 p.m. in sTudio 6. The same arrangements apply for this adult class as for the above class. Contact RAA if you have any questions. You may direct all email to: RockArt116@aol.com.

This is the final weekend of ARTSPLASH 2002. RAA galleries are open Saturday 12 - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m., filled with an extraordinary array of diverse and high caliber artworks that have dazzled visitors for the past four weekends. Outdoor sculpture is on view dawn to dusk. On November 2, on the stage in sTudio 7 at 4 p.m., belly dancers Lorraine Costa and Adele Lynn perform. At 8 p.m., the New York Frets band. November 3, at 3-5 p.m., there will be repeat showings of the intriguing art video by Ken Keegan, Art Jam.

Last Sunday the ARTSPLASH audience was treated to a brilliant performance by Ditzi soloist Shu-ni Tsou. The Ditzi is a Chinese transverse bamboo flute. Tsou, an accomplished and honored musician, played with mastery and grace. She performed on a few flutes of different sizes and pitches, all with the same ease and skill. Born in Taiwan, Tsou began learning the instrument at age 10. Originally used in theater and opera, in the last 3 decades, the Ditzi has developed into a solo instrument, as well. Shu-ni had become bored with performing just the traditional music and style written for this flute. She sought a fuller means of self-expression. After associating in this country with jazz musicians, she started adapting her flute playing to the looser, improvisational styles of jazz. Touring internationally with various renowned artists, she is constantly searching for "new colors and combinations in her music." She fuses traditional techniques and sounds with contemporary concepts and impulses, to stunning effect. That night she produced sounds from the soaring to the staccato, the melodious to the harsh. Tsou played traditional music from the southern part of China that was gentle and tranquil. Then she showed the difference from traditional music from that country's north - more energetic, harsher, imitating the sounds of birds. She then played her own piece of improvised music, intricately using a variety of techniques, then moved on to another contemporary composition, this by a teacher of hers. All through this dazzling display of talent, Shu-ni Tsou remained poised, gracious and enthusiastic, even intelligently fielding questions from a delighted audience. RAA thanks Ms. Tsou. This was ARTSPLASH at its best.

"The Russians Are Here" almost is. Just one more week. This exhibition of the diverse artistry of 11 Russian members of the RAA has its opening reception Sunday, November 10, 1-3 p.m. at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. The exhibit is from November 9 through December 8. Contact RAA for further information or stay tuned to this newspaper.

See you at the Fort.

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