2002-11-23 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
Rockaway Artists Alliance

RAA member Izabella Slobodoff has won the Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize in the 2002 Annual Award Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society. She won for her marble sculpture, "Portrait of a Girl." The exhibition is at the Park Avenue Atrium at 237 Park Avenue (between 45 and 46 Streets) and runs through February 14, 2003. Slobodoff is one of the 11 accomplished artists featured in "The Russians Are Here," presently running through December 8 at RAA's sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden.

Julia Kozlyansky has been exhibited in such venues as the Queens Museum of Art and the FIT Gallery. Her education includes the School of Visual Arts and the Parsons School of Design. Kozlyansky exhibits four of her paintings in "The Russians Are Here." She states about them: "In this series of paintings I chose to focus on the female figure and the color red. Throughout art history women have been depicted as goddesses, deities, witches, nurturing earth mothers and peacemakers. With the advancement of technology and science the modern society put its focus on material gains, thus disregarding such feminine attributes, perceiving them as weak and naïve. The women in my paintings tend to be ethereal, mysterious, sensual and sometimes playful. They're intertwined with their environment of trees, sea or wind. The color red symbolizes passion, life and blood. They are mothers, healers, seductresses and muses. They are confident and strong. I believe we are collectively awakening to the feminine aspects of ourselves both men and women equally. This can be seen in our society in movies, music, holistic healthcare and protection of the natural environments."

Yevgeny Zanis is a sculptor who immigrated to the United States in 1980 from Azerbaijan, then part of the Soviet Union. He taught industrial design at the State University. He is also a published author. In the United States Zanis became a jewelry designer and model-maker whose designs have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue and Bazaar. He teaches sculpture at Kingsborough Community College. He has won awards there and at the prestigious Salmagundi Club, of which he is a member. Zanis believes "it's important to enjoy what you create" and tries to "create a feeling rather than an exact copy of what he sees." Two sculptures and a painting by this talented and versatile artist are featured in "The Russians Are Here."

Yevgeny Zanis teaches "Sculpture for Beginners" every Tuesday, 7-9 PM at sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. The class is $10 per session for RAA members. RAA membership is only $25 per year. Contact RAA if you are interested in participating. Call 718 474-0861 or email: RockArt116@aol.com.

Attention RAA members: "Sparkle" will be the final member exhibition of this very successful year. Contact RAA immediately for submission guidelines.

The kidsmART after-school program at M.S. 180 begins Tuesday, December 3 and will run through April 16. The program runs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. Registration is required. Please call the RAA office for an application. There is a $25 registration fee per family.

Take some time this weekend to come out to Fort Tilden to see the beauty of the leaves before they disappear. And while you're at it, catch a great art show at sTudio 6 Gallery. See you at the Fort.

"Portrait of a Girl" marble sculpture by Izabella Slobodoff. This sculpture won the Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize in the 2002 Annual Award Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society. Slobodoff is one of the artists in 'The Russians Are Here."

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