2005-03-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein

Artist: M. Elliot Killian, Title: “Beach 84th Street Boardwalk” Medium:  Watercolor.Artist: M. Elliot Killian, Title: “Beach 84th Street Boardwalk” Medium:  Watercolor. Gallery Happenings:

Black and Light on Silver , RAA’s exhibition of black and white photography, continues through April 3 at sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday, March 27, 1-3 p.m.: small reception hosted by David Williams, one of the five photographers in the exhibition. He will also be interviewing the other artists in the show.

Upcoming: Fifteen Years Immersed in Watercolor: The Art of M. Elliott Killian beginning April 16. Reception April 17. Watch for more information in later columns.

Spring is officially here. Therefore, it is time to think about painting, drawing and generally communing with THE BEAUTY OF NATURE. There are few better places around the city to do this than the Brooklyn Botanic Garden located at 1000 Washington Avenue and easy to get to by car or public transportation. This garden is a treasure – easily walkable, full of a variety of types of gardens that include a rock garden, a fragrance garden and a native flora garden; small areas where you can lose yourself in thought and reflection; a splendid conservatory and much more. The much more includes some of the finest nature art classes you will find. By the way, it pays to become a member. Classes are discounted and you are able to attend “members only” events. Visit: bbg.org for any information about BBG and to download a registration form for classes.

BBG special events upcoming:

Forsythia Day is just such a “members only” event. Being held Sunday, April 3 from 11 am to 2 pm, it is a celebration of spring and of Brooklyn’s official flower. You can pick a free forsythia plant and attend the reception

Cherrywatch 2005 is from mid March to May. BBG has a stunning collection of cherry trees. Cherry blossoming time at BBG presents some of the most breathtaking (literally) views you will ever see. It is a pink heaven. Log onto the website to keep track of the blooming progress of this special feature of the garden to plan your visits.

Sakura Matsuri on April 30 and May 1 BBG’s annual festival celebrating the arrival of spring and the flowering cherries. Among the features of the festival are Japanese music and dance performances, flower arranging, children’s workshops and a tour of the gorgeous Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.

Spring Japanese Contemporary Art Show , April 16 to May 29 – Lighthouse Gallery brings the minimalist work of contemporary Japanese artists to the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery.

The variety and quality of the art classes at BBG make them a great resource for dabblers and serious artists alike. Spring Painting in the Garden takes the artist into the garden to paint them in all their splendor and intimacy. Various techniques of drawing and painting will be explored. The class is appropriate for all levels of expertise (or lack thereof). It is being offered in May and June. Lilacs in Watercolor is a one-day class on May 14 that teaches some bold techniques in capturing this very special flower. Spring Focus on the Rock Garden includes two classes — May 19 and 26 – that will feature a tour of this unique part of BBG, a study of appropriate subjects, a look at seldom-seen botanical illustrations and an afternoon of drawing this wonderful garden, taught by expert instructor Anne Walsh. For an artist who loves nature, these and other classes offered are quite simply, Heaven. Registration is April 1, so call the BBG at 718 623-7220 or log onto their website: bbg.org for details and a further list of classes and for a registration form. You will be very pleased you did.

Attention all parents, children and teens, RAA will send out information for Camp kidsmART 2005 on April 1. If your child participated in the kidsmART after-school program this school year (2004-2005) or in Camp kidsmART last summer (2004) or if you have already called the office to request camp information, you will automatically receive an application packet.

This summer camp will run from Monday, July 11 through Thursday, August 11. As always, the camp day runs from 9:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday and will include arts and crafts, dance, painting, papier mache and clay sculpture, sports, games, nature study, photography, theater, jewelry design and much more.

For questions or to receive an application packet, please leave a message at the RAA office (718) 474-0861.

Reminder: Time is running out!

“Be a Fool for the Arts”: The 2005 RAA fundraiser is Saturday, April 2 from 8 to 12 p.m. at The Beach Club, 129 Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park. Contact RAA if you wish to purchase a ticket.

For tickets and information please call our office at 718 474-0861 or email: rockart116@aol.com.



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