2005-04-08 / Community

RAA Sets Killian Exhibit At Fort Tilden

“Off Duty,” One of Killian’s works that will be featured at the new RAA exhibition.“Off Duty,” One of Killian’s works that will be featured at the new RAA exhibition. The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) urges all local residents to come and celebrate the work of unique artist, poet and photographer Martha Elliott Killian.

The RAA presents Immersed in Watercolor, a new solo exhibition running from April 16 to May 8. The liquid beauty of Killian’s work has captured the eye of many for more than fifteen years. She has woven together techniques of oil painting and drawing to develop her own style of realism in watercolor. Her subtlety and simplicity shines in such pieces as Lost City of Atlantis, with its shimmering play of underwater light. Windswept draws us in with its gathering motion of unexpected color and tone, just as Springs, L.I. calmly mesmerizes with its depthless blue stillness.

“Living between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay provides the inspiration for many of my paintings”, says Killian. “I try to express a time of day, a place, a mood or season. This enables the viewer to feel a sense of being there.” Exploring Ms. Killian’s palette to the fullest, Immersed in Watercolor also features a selection of her poems alongside the paintings that inspired them, such as Breezy on the Bay.

Launched with an exciting reception on Sunday April 17 Immersed in Watercolor is showcased in the more intimate sTudio 6 gallery of the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden Queens . Live entertainment will be featured, Killian herself will be on hand, refreshments will be served and the fete will cap off with an Artist’s Print raffle.

A Dessert Reception will take place from 1-3pm on Saturday April 23rd, appropriately enough on the artist’s birthday!

Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call (718)474-0861, e-mail rockart116@aol.com or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org. Immersed in Watercolor is presented in partnership with The National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area.

Immersed in Watercolor is showcased in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) located in Fort Tilden.

Fort Tilden, an historic and now retired U.S. Army post, is now home to many cultural and community activities in the Rockaways and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay.

The facility at Fort Tilden is part of the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area, a uniquely picturesque urban national park which spans several boroughs and incorporates beaches, marshlands and bird and wildlife sanctuaries.

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