2004-03-19 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

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

At left: “Revolving;” Medium: Clay; Artist: Norma Allende. One of the artworks in Small, Smaller, Smallest, coming to sTudio 6 Gallery.At left: “Revolving;” Medium: Clay; Artist: Norma Allende. One of the artworks in Small, Smaller, Smallest, coming to sTudio 6 Gallery.

Several RAA members are currently exhibiting as Associate members of the Audubon Artists at Oakridge in Forest Park. The Audubon Artists is an established and prestigious group that regularly shows at the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan. This is their first exhibition in Queens, which runs through April 3. There are over one hundred artists displaying work in this exhibit and the public is invited to attend a reception this Sunday, March 21 from noon to 5 p.m.. Refreshments will be served, awards will be presented and artist’s demonstrations will be given, all at no charge. Please go and support this unique arts event.

Has PRESSED AND PULLED whet your appetite for more prints? Well, good news. First, RAA’s printmaking exhibition has been extended through this weekend. See beautiful artwork and learn about how it is made. Short and unobtrusive blurbs throughout the exhibit give the viewer insight into the techniques of printmaking and the unique methods used by each individual artist. And85

Learn how to make lino leum block prints. RAA is offering a basic lino leum block printmaking workshop, which will be held on Sunday, March 21 from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Rec reation Area. Materials will be supplied. The instructor is Cindy Rosin, one of the printmakers participating in PRESSED AND PUL L ED, still on display in the gallery during the workshop. Everyone will carve and then print from his or her own linoleum block, so bring your design ideas. For registration and details, contact the RAA office. Call 718 474-0861 or e-mail: rockart116@aol.com.

Two exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art provide views of two very different sets of prints. "Chuck Close Prints: Process and Colla bor a tion" is a retrospective that presents over 100 works that range from the artist’s first print, a 1972 mezzotint titled "Keith," to the 120-color Jap anese-style ukiyo-e woodcut completed in 2002, titled "Emma." Included in the exhibit are other intaglios and woodcuts, lithographs, silk-screen prints, linoleum cuts and selected print matrixes, such as woodblocks and etching plates. Several progressive proofs and state proofs provide insight into Close’s working methods. The exhibit runs through April 18.

"Poets, Lovers and Heroes in Italian Mythological Prints" runs through May 2. It presents more than 100 woodcuts, engravings and etchings by Italian artists such as Mantegna and Tiepolo, that narrate the mythological tales most popular with those artists. The themes include the ancient gods as patrons of music, art and poetry and as participants in music competitions and in the drunken festivities surrounding Bacchus and Silenus. The triumph of love, as embodied by Cupid and the heroic exploits of Hercules and the legendary history of Rome are themes of the other prints in the exhibit.

"small, smaller, smallest: A Juried Exhibition of Miniatures and Small Works" comes to sTudio 6 Gallery on March 27. Opening reception is Sun day, March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Read more about it in another part of this newspaper.

See you at RoCA, the place for the Arts in Rockaway.

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