2005-04-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance De-Licious And De-Lovely
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
De-Licious And De-Lovely

Gallery Happenings:

A Dessert Reception on Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at sTudio 6 Gallery for Fifteen Years Immersed in Watercolor: The Art of M. Elliott Killian . Meet the artist and help celebrate her birthday. Admission is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. Presented in partnership with The National Park Service/ Gateway National Recreation Area.

A Mixable Feast , a solo art exhibition of the work of Geoff Rawling, opens Sunday, May 1 at sTudio Gallery with the first of five “delectable” receptions. Feast is a feast for all five senses. In “A Month of Sundays,” each Sunday in May will present a themed reception and show filled with the art of Geoff Rawling, the luscious taste treats of Lulu and the talents of fellow artists, musicians, singers and dancers that Rawling has invited to participate in the festivities. Admission to all events and to the gallery is free. Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m. is “A Breakfast of Champions,” a May Day mélange of mixed media, mushroom delicacies and “fungi music” featuring the bands Indaculture and The Gnomen.

In addition to the hours of the receptions, the gallery will be open to the public on Saturdays 12-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. A Mixable Feast is the first solo show to be presented at the newly renovated sTudio 7 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden. For Geoff Rawling, President of the Rockaway Artists Alliance since 1995, the year the organization was incorporated, this show “gives the people of Rockaway a chance to see the diversity of my work.” Further, he says, “the show celebrates the re-opening of sTudio 7. The public can see the culmination of seven years of hard work put into the building. RAA and our supporters will see what their efforts have accomplished so far. We will continue to expand the capacities of this building to serve the public.”

Known in the community for his very visible murals and signage, many may not be aware of the wide variety of subjects, styles and mediums that Rawling has employed in his complete body of work. He creates sculptures and paintings; he uses everything from traditional oil paint to recycled Styrofoam to modern spray foam; his interest varies from commentary on the world around him to the fun of purely intuitive spontaneity. His creative spirit, his passion for what he does and his energy seem to know no bounds. Rawling has stated: “A late bloomer, perhaps, I truly feel that I am now just beginning to produce my best works on my own terms. Always learning, developing, discovering, with the freedom to move in any direction, I stay forever young in spirit and hopefully will remain ever interesting.”

To learn more about this show visit geoffrawling.com or rockawayartistsalliance.org. Watch this column for the complete “menu” of “A Month of Sundays” events.

Founding Father

Patrick Clark was the first president of the Rockaway Artists Alliance – its “founding father.” Those of us who know and respect this great artist and concerned citizen of our planet wish him best of luck with his continuing efforts to restore the historic Richard Mott House. The artist cottage built in 1880 on Jamaica Bay is being raised and rescued from the tide by Clark and restored in historic manner. Best wishes, Patrick.

Upcoming for the Rockaway Theatre Company: Sleeping Walter – May 7 and 8 at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden. The directors: “The Peggys.” This is a charming comedy presented by RTC’s own children’s dramatic workshop. All seats are $5.


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