2005-04-01 / Community

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance A Museum of Women

Rockaway Artists Alliance
A Museum of Women’s Art and the Art of a Rockaway Woman

The new RAA facility at Fort Tilden.The new RAA facility at Fort Tilden. Gallery Happenings:

Black and Light on Silver – This is the final weekend to see RAA’s exhibition of black and white photography, 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.

Upcoming: Fifteen Years Immersed in Watercolor: The Art of M. Elliott Killian begins Saturday, April 16. The enormously popular local artist displays her watercolors, photographs and poems. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, refreshments and an Artist’s Print raffle. A Dessert Reception takes place Saturday, April 23.

The 2005 RAA fundraiser, Be a Fool for the Arts, is Saturday, April 2 from 8 to 12 p.m. at The Beach Club, 129 Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park. The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a DJ, dancing, entertainment, raffles of original artwork and other special raffles. Special guest stars: artist Robert Sarnoff will draw caricatures upon request during the evening and juggler Tim Molloy will amaze, astound and amuse all with his talents. For tickets and information please call our office at 718 474-0861 or email: rockart116@aol. com.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance presents In and Around, a juried exhibition of original 3-D works, from June 11 to July 10, 2005. The exhibition will be on view in sTudio 7 Gallery and adjacent outdoor grounds at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. The deadline for submission of entries is April 22, 2005. In order to be eligible you must be a USA artist 18 years of age or older. In and Around is open to original non-functional objects modeled, carved, cast, constructed, or assembled of any material. Any installation work will be assembled by the artist on site. Not eligible is any work previously displayed in an RAA exhibition. Visit: www.rockawayartist salliance.org for a printable, downloadable prospectus and entry form. Email: exhibitions@rockawayartistsalliance.org if you have any questions.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only museum in the world that is dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. If you were asked to name 10 female artists whose work you have seen in museums, how would you respond? Beyond Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and a few others, who would make the list? Could you name any female artists of the 16th or 17th centuries? Unfortunately, women artists just haven’t received their share of “press.” In 1987 NMWA opened the doors of its refurbished Washington D.C. landmark building, which itself won numerous architectural awards. The permanent collection includes more than 3000 works that provide a comprehensive survey of art by women from the 16th century through the present. The art wide ranges from the Renaissance paintings of Elisabetta Sirani to photographs of Barbara Morgan and contemporary sculptures of Louise Nevelson. Several special collections include silver by 18th and 19th century Irish and English women silversmiths.

In addition to the permanent collection, NMWA presents special exhibitions. On view through May 8 is Berthe Morisot: An Impressionist and Her Circle. Morisot was the first woman to join the Impressionist circle. Her work was highly regarded and she had a number of female supporters that included her older sister. The exhibition explores her art and her life. Pueblo Pottery: A Living Tradition is on view through May 15 and presents ceramic art by women from four southwest pueblos. Accompanying the work are an examination of the materials and processes used and an in-depth look at the art form.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts provides resources for educators – materials and services to help them teach young people about the contributions of women in the arts, in all its forms. Public programs and tours are designed for audiences of all ages. Guided tours must be arranged at least four weeks in advance. Call 202-783-7996 to arrange a tour. Visit: www.nmwa.org for more information about this marvelous resource located in our nation’s capital and to learn about a whole world of female artists and artisans that contemporary audiences are not aware exists.

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