2003-08-08 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein ‘Two Trains, A Bus And Sand In My Shoes’

Rockaway Artists Alliance
‘Two Trains, A Bus And Sand In My Shoes’


Oil painting “Marion Jones” by Geoff Raw­ling is one of the many works featured in “Local Motion” showing in sTudio 7 through August 31.Oil painting “Marion Jones” by Geoff Raw­ling is one of the many works featured in “Local Motion” showing in sTudio 7 through August 31.

An exhibition of the work by students attending the P.S.1 High School to Art School portfolio development program will take place in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, on the evening of Wednesday, August 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.

  The exhibition entitled, "two trains, a bus and sand in my shoes," brings together the work of students entering their junior and senior years of high school, who hail from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx Public High Schools. The exhibit includes drawings, paintings and collage as well as excerpts from student writing.

The P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center has always encouraged young, emerging artists through their artists in residency and exhibition programs. The High School to Art School program is in keeping with that philosophy.  The program is offered free to NYC public high school students through a very generous grant from the New York Community Trust.

Twenty students attended figure drawing and foundation design classes three days a week at Ft. Tilden, met with artists and college advisors on Wednesday mornings and traveled to museums and galleries every Wednesday afternoon throughout the six week summer program.


Oil painting “Blues Brothers” by Maureen MCGuire is one of the many works featured in “Local Motion” showing in sTudio 7 through August 31.Oil painting “Blues Brothers” by Maureen MCGuire is one of the many works featured in “Local Motion” showing in sTudio 7 through August 31.

The program, normally held at the P.S.1 Museum in Long Island City, met this year in the studios of the Rockaway Artists Alliance.

"two trains, a bus and sand in my shoes" will be on view for parents, students and the general public on Wednesday evening, August 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The reception for "Local Motion" was a blast. The exhibit, curated by Denis Macrae, is lots of fun and reflects Macrae’s love of the Rockaways, sports and children. A children’s reception preceded the "adult" reception. Thanks go to Marty Andresen and crew at the Rockaway Little League for their generosity and help. The grown-ups were then treated to some fantastic entertainment from Apryl Green, Joanne Marnick and the T-7 Band. Thanks to our local sports store on 116 Street, MOCEAN, for loaning us those great costumes that allowed Apryl and Joanne to, so authentically, define Who’s on First and What’s on Second. Thanks also to James Kiernan DC of Harbor Health and Fitness, another local business, for his generosity. As usual, I am not thanking all the RAA members who made this shoe and the receptons such a success, for fear of leaving someone out. However, special thanks to Maureen McGuire, Janet Dever, Tara Scannell and Norma Allende for stepping up to the plate when the chips were down. (Talk about a mixed metaphor.) "Local Motion: The Sports of Fort Tilden, the Rockaways…and Beyond" runs in sTudio 7 Gallery through August 31.

The next RAA general meeting is Monday, August 11 at 7:30 PM in T-149, Fort Tilden. See you at RoCA.


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