2003-02-15 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Congratulations to Patrick Clark for his entry, "Heavens Over Rockaway," being chosen to grace Tribute Park. Patrick was the first president of Rockaway Artists Alliance. He is a man of great talent, passion, and intelligence. All those qualities are reflected in this artwork. Those to whom tribute is being paid and Rockaway itself are well served by it. Congratulations to all who have given of their hearts and souls to this endeavor.

Patrick Clark is a master stained glass man. This past week Queens Cable and Manhattan Cable ran an interview/documentary on him and his shop and the work they have done at St. Thomas More and St. Rose of Lima. "Conversations in Progress" was made by video documentarian Joe Mara and the District 27 Media Center. Joe is member of RAA whose work you may have seen in ARTSPLASH 2002. Keep your eyeballs open in this Sunday’s Newsday. There may be an article on Clark’s memorial dome in it.

This Saturday, February 15 at 2 PM in the Queens Museum of Art, Patrick is giving a demonstration/lecture on the stained glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany. QMA has a breathtaking collection of Tiffany’s glasswork and there is no one better in this world to speak about it than Clark. His knowledge and passion bring it to life and give an invaluable insight into Tiffany and his art. You can log on to the QMA website at www.queensmuse.org.

RAA thanks Cynthia Peithman for her entertaining, informative and delicious presentation of airbrushing cake decoration at our general meeting. Peithman is a true artist whose talent creates works that add beauty and pleasure to celebratory occasions. Thanks also to her children Fay and Steven for helping to make it such a successful presentation.

Remember Shu-ni Tsou, the brilliant Chinese bamboo flutist who appeared in ARTSPLASH 2002? She and jazz pianist James McKinney have formed a duo called "Bamboo City." They make their New York debut February 15 at 2 PM at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street. Tickets are $8. Tsou trained in and still performs Chinese classical music. She has, however, taken her instrument into the world of improvisation, playing with such artists as Oliver Lake, John Zorn and Butch Morris. She recently gave a live radio performance and interview with WNYC’s John Schaefer. James McKinney has built a reputation as one of Washington D.C.’s finest improvising pianists. His distinctive sound blends with that of Tsou to create a unique and bold musical language.

HEADS UP! Peruse this newspaper for submission guidelines for RAA’s next exhibition – "Destinations" – travel to foreign and not-so-foreign places. Entry is open to RAA members and non-members.

Speaking of exhibitions and Valentine’s Day (didn’t I?), love is in the air at sTudio 6 Gallery this weekend. While "Vermillion: A Show of RED" does not present only stuff of the heart, love and passion do play a prominent role. Intrigued by titles like "Love or Lust," "Consumed by Passion’s Flames," "Tres Amigos" and "Slave of Love A1, A2 and A3"? Well, if you are (and you should be) come to Fort Tilden this weekend to indulge your passions (for someone or just for RED). In fact, indulge another couple of weekends more. The show runs through March 9 – Saturdays 12-5PM, Sundays 1-4 PM. Admission is free.

Art’s parting shot (of Cupid’s arrow, that is):

In the 15th century written valentines began to replace the verbal and singing ones. The first was supposedly in 1415 by an imprisoned Charles, Duke of Orleans. (Oh, those Frenchmen) Early valentines were made by hand of colored paper, watercolor and colored inks. Ever wonder why red roses on Valentine’s Day? Well, they were said to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red is also regarded as the color of strong feelings.

Have a honey of a week. See you at the Fort.

"Squares in Motion" - quilt by Laverne Jenkins. One of the artworks in "Vermillion: A Show of Red."

"Agita" - oil painting by Arthur Bongiorno.  One of the artworks in "Vermillion: A Show of Red."


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