2002-12-07 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio
By Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

RAA's last general meeting of 2002 is this Monday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Building T-149, Fort Tilden, GNRA. The meeting will include elections for officers and members of the Board of Directors, after which we will have our annual holiday party. All are welcome. A popular feature of the party is always the "recycle grab bag." If you wish to participate, wrap and bring an item for which you no longer feel a need or desire, but which you know will brighten the life of another human being. Remember -- one person's dust-gathering, basement-dwelling piece of junk is another person's vintage antique radio. One person's over-sized straw hat is another person's elegant chapeau. One person's pogo stick is another's pogo stick. One person's...well, you get the idea. From the sublime to the ridiculous - wrap, come and enjoy. Who knows what treasure lurks for you.

RAA members - If you wish to enter your artwork for "Sparkle," RAA's holiday member exhibition, you must bring your work and accompanying information to sTudio 6 Gallery on Sunday, December 8, 4-6 p.m. or Monday, December 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Contact RAA for details.

This weekend is your last chance to see "The Russians Are Here." Gallery hours: Saturday 12-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.

The Brooklyn Watercolor Society is presenting a beautiful exhibition of their work through January 5 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Steinhardt Conservatory. Two works by Christian LeGars, of both BWS and RAA, are included. Check out the Garden's website: www.bbg.org. Christian's painting of Geoff Rawling's bungalow after the fire, "New Beginning," is on it. This Sunday afternoon there will be a special "meet the artist" at the conservatory, to coincide with the holiday lighting ceremony in the garden.

Next year MoMAQNS will present a major exhibition of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. In sifting through the thousands and thousands and thousands (and thousands) of pieces of fan mail this columnist has received recently, one theme appears again and again: "We are desperate for another RAA Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz." OK. In honor of my legion of loyal followers and the holiday season and Henri and Pablo, here is: "The I Love You All I Can't Believe Thanksgiving and Channukah Fell at the Same Time Matisse/Picasso Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz." With any luck, the quiz will be shorter than the title and the answers will be in next week's column.

  1. At the beginning of the 20th century, Henri Matisse was a leading member of a group of artists that was given a name by the critics that meant "wild beasts." Name this appellation.

  2. Describe characteristics shared by the paintings of this group.

  3. The masks and sculpture of the cultures of what continent heavily influenced the art of both Matisse and Picasso?

  4. In what groundbreaking painting by Picasso is this influence first highly evident?

  5. In this painting the five female nude figures are disturbingly jagged and distorted, broken up into planes and sharp edges. To what new style in art did the painting lead?

  6. What French artist was also a pioneer of this style?

  7. In the latter part of his career, Matisse created large decorative compositions made of cut pieces of what material?

  8. Early in his career, Picasso had two different artistic periods or phases that were designated by two different colors. What were they?

Good luck and have fun. See you at the Fort.

RAA's kidsmART Program is back in full-swing! The after school program takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from now until mid-April.

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