2004-08-13 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Summer Delights
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Summer Delights

This still life is one of the works of art presented at the RAA’s latest exhibition, “A Perfect Ten.” The artist is Wilda Gallagher.
This still life is one of the works of art presented at the RAA’s latest exhibition, “A Perfect Ten.” The artist is Wilda Gallagher. The reception for “A Perfect 10,” RAA’s tenth anniversary show, was a great success, as was the celebratory picnic that followed. More about them next week.

By the way, gallery hours for “10” are Saturdays 12-5 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM. Go and enjoy.

As for this week – several of you have requested that the column about places to go in New York State be repeated. We aim to please.

Summer is a great time for day trips with the family. Upstate New York and Long Island provide many wonderful destinations for day, weekend or longer trips that are full of beautiful scenery and a variety of cultural experiences. If you wish to do your own research on this, visit www.

nyc-arts.org. Till then, let me give you an idea of what’s around. The Hudson Valley is loaded with cultural attractions that are easily accessible by car, Amtrak [(800) USA-RAIL, www.


com] or Metro North [(800) METRO-NORTH, www.

mta.info]. The Caramoor Center for Music and Arts (www.


ramoor.org) summer festival this year ran from June 26 through August 4. However, the Caramoor house is a mansion that can be toured and that displays artwork through the ages and special exhibits that include cloisonné enamel.

Dia: Beacon (www.diabeacon.org) was a 250,000-square-foot factory that was transformed into a museum that houses the largest collection of contemporary art in the world. Historic Hudson Valley (www.hudsonvalley.org) is a network of historic sites that include Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving and Kykuit, the magnificent Rockefeller ancestral home and gardens. Housed here are select pieces of modern art collected by Nelson Rockefeller. Powerhouse Theater—Vassar College presents a festival of new plays and new directors, that opened with the American premiere of “A Safe Harbor,” starring Amy Irving as poet Elizabeth Bishop. Storm King Art Center (www.

stormking.org) covers 500 landscaped acres and exhibits more than 100 large-scale sculptures by artists such as Mark diSuvero and Andy Goldsworthy. Twenty sculptures by Chakaia Booker will be on display this summer through November 14. Go on line to find more venues in the Hudson Valley. The Nassau County Museum of Art (www.nassaumuseum.com) is located twenty minutes from Manhattan, on 145 acres that include formal gardens, outdoor sculpture and that exhibits works by leading artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis and Lee Krasner. Near the museum is the Tee Ridder Miniature Musem (no, not a tiny museum – a museum of miniaturized houses, rooms and furnishings). In Wainscott, The Morriss Center presents “Dance Choreography,” featuring the work of new and established choreographers.

In Buffalo, the Albright-Knox Museum (www.albrightknox.org) is famous for its collection of postwar art.. This summer, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs (www.

spac.org) hosts residencies by the Philadelphia Orchestra (August 4-21), the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Freihofer’s Jazz Festival and the Lake George Opera Festival. The Corning Museum of Glass (www.cmog.

org) is the largest museum of its kind in the world and will render you open-mouthed and speechless, from beginning to end, as you view the extraordinary and exquisite use of this medium. Featured through October 31 is a show about the artistry and influence of Italian glass.

Go online at www.nys-arts.org to find out more about these special places to visit this summer and to find even more such venues.

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