2003-10-31 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

“Petroglyph Fantasy #13” — digital print by Jim Frazer, winner of the ARTSPLASH 2003 Prize for Excellence.“Petroglyph Fantasy #13” — digital print by Jim Frazer, winner of the ARTSPLASH 2003 Prize for Excellence.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance is very pleased to announce that Jim Frazer has won the $250 ARTSPLASH 2003 Prize for Excellence for his digital print "Petroglyph Fantasy #13." Selection was made from all artworks and performers juried into ARTSPLASH 2003 and DIGITALSPLASH 2003. The finalists included Diane Ali, Michael A. Fink, Spencer Greenberg, Esther A. Grillo and Carmen Lizardo. We thank all the artists who participated in ARTSPLASH and DIGITAL SPLASH. The exhibitions drew artists from all over the country working in a variety of genres, making this the most diverse and interesting ARTSPLASH festival in its four-year history.

With the holiday season just about upon us, you and your family will soon be looking for new and interesting places to visit. The Cloisters is a perfect choice. Located in Fort Tryon Park on four acres of northern Manhattan that overlook the Hudson River, it is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Best known for its architectural sculpture, The Cloisters concentrates on the art of the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Included are some 5000 works dating from 800 A.D. with particular emphasis on the twelfth through fifteenth centuries.

This may sound like a very distant, unapproachable house of art. Rest assured it is quite the opposite. One becomes almost instantly aware of the universality, timelessness and spirituality of the art and the surroundings. Designed by architect Charles Collens, who also designed Riverside Church in Manhattan, the museum building is in a modified, simplified medieval style that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters and other monastic sites in southern France. A cloister is a quadrangle enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway or arcade. Three of the cloisters of the museum contain gardens planted according to horticultural information from garden documents, herbals, treatises, poetry and art of the period. The collection also includes exquisite illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories and tapestries. Music of the period contributes to the totality of the surroundings. The result is a transcendent experience of another time and place that is ultimately beyond temporal or physical constraints or definitions. For more information about The Cloisters, visit www.metmuseum.org and click on The Cloisters.

Reminder to RAA artist members: Saturday, November 1 from 1-3 p.m. is your last chance to submit artwork at sTudio 6 Gallery for "Gifted: A Member Holiday Exhibition." For details go to the RAA website: www.rockaway art ists  alliance.org or call the RAA office.

Thanks to all those who made this year’s Building Fund Benefit a success. As in previous years, I will not attempt to name all those people. I don’t wish to risk leaving someone out by mistake. Having said that, there are a few who must be named. RAA is grateful to The Beach Club, specifically the Good brothers and their staff, for their continuing sense of community responsibility.

James Tubridy made a great DJ. Esther Grillo once called Marina Callaghan "the heart and soul of RAA." As coordinator of all our fundraisers, Marina’s tireless efforts, organizational talents and positive spirit make these events special.

RAA has come closer to realizing our dream of a comprehensive arts center, able to fulfill the growing needs of an underserved community, thanks to the supporters of that dream. Let us continue. If you were not able to attend the fundraiser, but wish to be a part of this worthy effort, we still welcome your donation. Mail it to RAA at 260 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

And now, as a public service to the people of Rockaway – Final cryptic words of warning for the evening of October 31, emailed to RAA from Madam Rayah, somewhere in the bowels of the S.S. Scare-ibbean: "Beware of the Dead Parrot."

Heed her words, my friends.

See you at the Fort, if you dare.

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