2004-01-23 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

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

Wheel in the Sky” by Ross Chambers.  Color reduction/wood cut print.  One of the artworks in the upcoming “Pressed And Pulled” printmaking exhibition at Fort Tilden.Wheel in the Sky” by Ross Chambers.  Color reduction/wood cut print.  One of the artworks in the upcoming “Pressed And Pulled” printmaking exhibition at Fort Tilden.

..."Pressed And Pulled:’’ A Juried Printmaking Exhibition" is the next show to grace sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden. It is the first RAA exhibit devoted entirely to the art of printmaking. Eighteen artists are represented, using a range of techniques in the field. They are from the New York area and as far away as Texas and California. The juror is Ellen Coleman, a New York City printmaker and active member of the Lower East Side Print Shop. "Pressed And Pulled" runs from February 7 through March 7. The opening reception is Sunday, February 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.

The 18 artists use such established techniques as linocut and woodcut printing, silkscreen printing, etching, monoprints and lithography. But each artist employs them with individualized variations. The works may also combine mediums. For example, Jami Tayback produces monoprints with collage. Christian LeGars’ prints are solarplate intaglio with gold watercolor. Have no fear. "Pressed And Pulled" will provide the viewer with a basic understanding of the techniques employed. Not only will "P & P" be an adventure for the eyes, it will provide an insight into an exciting art form with which you may not be familiar.

The Open Call to Artists is out for "small, smaller, smallest: A Juried Exhibition of Miniatures and Small Works." The exhibition takes place in sTudio 6 Gallery from March 27 to April 25. The deadline for submission is February 24. Entry into the exhibit is open to USA artists 18 years of age or older. 2-D and 3-D miniature and small works are eligible. See the prospectus for description and size limits. Not eligible are photographic works, computer techniques and work that has previously been in RAA exhibitions. Submission is by slides, photographs or CD files. Contact RAA for information about the prospectus and entry form. E-mail: rock art116@ aol. com or log onto www. rockawayartistsalliance.org.

The Society for Arts in Healthcare (SAH) is holding a New York Regional Meeting/Reception titled "Creative New Models: Partnerships in the Arts in Healthcare." The event takes place on January 29, 6-9 p.m. at Bellevue Hospital Center in the Rose Room, First Avenue at 27th Street, Manhattan. Dr. Benjamin Chu, President and Chief Executive of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, will be the keynote speaker. Naj Wikoff, SAH President will discuss the "State of the Arts in Healthcare." Programs that present creative models and community partnerships in the arts in healthcare will display materials. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about the arts in healthcare and to network with those in the field. RSVP by January 26 at jkovations@aol.com. To learn more about SAH log onto: www.societyarts healthcare.org.

RAA’s Valentine’s Weekend in the Catskills featuring Wurtsboro Winterfest 2004 – Saturday, February 14.

The Town and Village of Wurtsboro is planning a Winterfest again this season – an updated and improved version of last year’s.

RAA members are invited to stay at Valleybrook (Tim Bracci’s motel/resort) at no charge, from Friday, February 13 through February 15 or 16.

We will exhibit our artwork in Valleybrook’s main hall for the Saturday Winterfest. The neighboring town of Bloomingberg will supply a Kids’ Fun Park on the grounds and a horse & buggy ride around Wurtsboro.

The Catskill and Hudson Valley Arts Groups will be invited to participate.

Bring blankets, food and artwork for an RAA retreat.

For details and carpooling information, contact the RAA office.

Here’s a poem I found, by one of our finest writers for children.

Thought you’d enjoy it.


by Shel Silverstein

I made myself a snow ball as perfect as could be.

I thought I’d keep it as a pet and let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas and a pillow for its head.

Then, last night it ran away. But first — it wet the bed.

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