2004-06-11 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein


Dialogue with Nature – “Salt Marsh, Mill Basin, Brooklyn,” Stephen Yaeger. Watercolor on paper.Dialogue with Nature – “Salt Marsh, Mill Basin, Brooklyn,” Stephen Yaeger. Watercolor on paper.

The wine and cheese reception on Saturday, June 12 at the RAA galleries in Fort Tilden will be a treat for lovers of all sorts of arts. Appreciators of the visual arts will have their "palettes" satisfied by "Emerging: the Paintings of Christina Sarquiz" and by "Dialogue with Nature," the two exhibitions in sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries, respectively. For those who luxuriate in the beauty of the written and spoken word, the afternoon will feature readings from the literary works in the nature exhibition, complete versions of which will be displayed on the walls of the gallery. Live performances by a variety of singers and musicians will be featured during the day. The reception is 1 to 3 p.m. Admission to the exhibits and to the reception is free.

Christina Sarquiz’ luminous abstract oil pastels and oil paintings sparkle against the stark white walls of sTudio 6 Gallery. They are fictitious landscapes, executed with subtle color harmonies and forms, both geometric and organic, that invite the viewer in to explore, ruminate, find oneself and lose oneself. They are at once satisfying and intriguing.

"Dialogue with Nature: Visual and Literary Expressions" has invited a variety of artists to express their personal communions with the world of nature, through a variety of mediums. Even the literary works represent a range of forms – from Dan Guarino’s measured verse to Denis Macrae’s haiku to the highly personal yet immensely informative insights into the inhabitants of our world (human, animal and plant) that only a scientist/ artist like Dave Taft could contribute. Photographs, watercolors, oils and sculpture explore the intimacy and grandeur of natural world, much of it close to home.

Please join us on Saturday and meet the artists. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.

When not attending the RAA reception, enjoy the Long Island City Arts Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13, 1-6 PM. The event will feature exhibits, openings and open studios in this culturally expanding part of Queens. Log onto www.LICBDC.org for more information. RAA member Madeline Braisted will have her work displayed at the Wills Building, 43-01 21 Street.

Remember that the deadlines for submissions for "In and Around: An Exhibition of 3-D Works" and "A Perfect 10: Anniversary Member Exhibition" is next week – June 18.

Congratulations to the Rockaway Theatre Company and especially to Director Peggy Page for a highly successful opening weekend and gala for "Nunsense." Page did a Yeoman (Yoepersons?) job directing the production, as well as acting in it. Her cast much appreciates her extraordinary efforts. The audiences were enthusiastic and their energy helped to feed the energy on stage. As one of the actors up there, I would like to express our gratitude for the support shown to us by those terrific people who attended. I know I speak for all of us involved in the production when I thank the community for coming out to support the theater company at the Saturday fundraising gala. The RTC, under Artistic Director John Gilleece, has brought quality theater to Rockaway and it is nice to know that is being recognized by our friends and neighbors. More Nunsensing will occur this weekend, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 p.m. Come join the fun.

Happy 75th Birthday to Robin Pogrebitskiuy, who celebrated the event with friends and admirers this past weekend at RAA in Fort Tilden. We love you Robin, as a great person and brilliant artist. We are proud to have you with us.


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