2004-11-26 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Top Off The Weekend With A Holiday Helping of Art, Music And Fun
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Top Off The Weekend With A Holiday Helping of Art, Music And Fun


Title: “Hydrangeas in Sunlight”Artist: M. Elliot KillianMedium: Photography
Title: “Hydrangeas in Sunlight”Artist: M. Elliot KillianMedium: Photography Bring your family to sTudio 6 Gallery on Sunday from 1 to 3 PM to celebrate the holidays with the RAA family. Or just come solo and become one of the family. The opening reception for Gifted 2004: A Holiday Member Exhibition will have a special seasonal touch. Refreshments will spice up the afternoon and warm the nip in the air. As part of the festivities, acoustic guitarist T.K. Kearney will heat up the gallery with his dazzling musicianship and welcoming personality (charismatic charm).

The intimate, bright setting of sTudio 6 is perfect for Gifted. Sharing the space in dynamic juxtaposition are artworks that look at the familiar with fresh eyes, abstract the unknown and take us to places we thought we knew, but at which we find we had only glanced. The artist members run the gamut from old favorites to new visions. Martha Killian, whose Rockaway watercolor seascapes continue to delight her fans, adds another dimension to her work with a quiet, delicately lit still life photograph.

New member Carolle Bolnet was born in Haiti, moved to Zaire and lived in France where she received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences at the University of Paris XI. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Medger Evers College in Brooklyn. Her photographs bring new beauty to a place that will be instantly familiar to those who know it intimately (and to those seeing it for the first time) – the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She also explores a winter scene through a slightly abstracted lens that holds the viewer in its growing hypnotic grasp.

Jessica Shulman, like many photographers, began her artistic journey at an early age with a Kodak Brownie camera. But that was only the beginning. Her life-long passion for alternative forms of photography eventually led her to using the computer as a creative tool. She terms the work she does today as “Digital Derivations” – the technique of manipulating photographic images using a computer, through filters, electronic brushes or inserting parts of other photographs, to create a finished work of art. Shulman discusses her artwork more extensively in her artist statement, as do the other 15 artists of Gifted 2004. These revealing statements will all be posted at the exhibition next to the works of each artist, adding insight into their creative process and enriching the visitor’s gallery experience.

Gifted 2004 runs through January 9, 2005. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-5 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM. The gallery will be closed the weekends of Christmas and New Year’s.

Susan Locke is planning a holiday sale in her shop at Pottery by Susan on Sunday, December 5. She also wants to display artwork related to Rockaway and Playland that day at the Rockaway Museum. The work will be for sale. Contact Susan at The Wave by November 26 if you are interested in participating.

The NURTUREart Gallery and Emerging Curators’ ResourceCenter at 475 Keap Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn presents Messing Around , a group exhibition curated by Robin Ross. Ross’ artwork appeared in ARTSPLASH 2004. In conjunction with Messing Around , NURTUREart presents Messing Around: Is it Current, Is it Grace?, a trialogue with Robin Ross and fellow curators Audrey Frank Anastasi and Robert Costa on Sunday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. NURTUREart also presents a performance piece by Naoki Iwakawa and musicians on Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. The gallery will have available a written essay by writer and painter Mark Zimmermann titled “Incident and Meaning”. Audrey Anastasi has exhibited her artwork in RAA’s PRESSED and PULLED and juried the visual artists in ARTSPLASH 2004. For further information contact: veronica@nurtureart.org .

Have a great Thanksgiving and CU@RoCA.

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