2005-04-15 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Project Diversity exhibit at the new Sunset Park venue.Project Diversity exhibit at the new Sunset Park venue. Gallery Happenings:

Beginning this weekend: Fifteen Years Immersed in Watercolor: The Art of M. Elliott Killian begins Saturday, April 16. The 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. Admission is free to all events. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. Presented in partnership with The National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area.

A glazing workshop is being offered at RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts). The instructor is Michael Lancelotti, whose paintings appeared in last season’s FRAME exhibition and who did a presentation at a recent RAA general meeting. There will be a minimal fee for the workshop. If you are interested in participating, contact the RAA office ASAP as to which of the following dates is better for you: May 21 or June 4. Further information regarding supplies will also be available. E-mail: rockart116@aol.com or call 718-474-0861.

RAA’s James Cantirino is one of twenty-three artists chosen to participate in the 25th Anniversary Preview Art Exhibition presented by the Brooklyn Artists Coalition and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. The exhibition is on view from April 12 through April 27 at Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room Gallery, 209 Joralemon Street. Also participating is Audrey Frank Anastasi, curator of RAA’s ARTSPLASH 2005 and Director of the new Tabla Rasa Gallery in SPARC (Sunset Park Artists’ Community.)

For its inaugural exhibition, Tabla Rasa Gallery presents the artists of Project Diversity from April 30 to May 29. Project Diversity is a multi-venue exhibition of 200 Brooklyn-based artists being held at 16 galleries in 10 Brooklyn neighborhoods this spring. Each venue presents a thematically distinct exhibit. Clearly the emphasis is on diversity – in the nature and originality of the artwork, in the age, ethnicity and neighborhood of origin of the artists. This ambitious project was conceived by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation co-founder/executive VP Danny Simmons. Simmons is himself an artist and gallery owner and the creator of the award-winning Def Poetry Jam. Anastasi says about the exhibit, “It truly reflects Brooklyn’s rich cultural mix. The artwork is teeming with exuberance. We want everyone to know they are welcome to see the art and feel the creative spirit of Brooklyn.” Tabla Rasa is located at 224 48th Street, Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. (closed May 14). The opening reception is Sunday, May 1 and will feature a ribbon-cutting by Borough President Markowitz at 3 PM.

Meant to help unite audiences and artists along lines of race, gender, age and place, Project Diversity presents cutting-edge works of all visual media as well as educational forums and family activities. Some of the varied exhibit locations include Williamsburg, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The galleries include Pratt Institute, the Rotunda Gallery and Sputnik, among others. To stimulate foot traffic among neighborhoods, there will be free shuttle bus weekend service to all participating galleries on April 30-May1, May 7-8 and May 14-15. For more information log onto: rushphilanthropic.org or tablarasagallery.com.

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