2005-08-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein


RAA’s Camp KidsmArt grand finale was last weekend. It was the culmination of this year’s 6-week program, which serviced over 170 Rockaway children. Parents and local representatives enjoyed a terrific art show at Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). Photo by: Jeff Berman.RAA’s Camp KidsmArt grand finale was last weekend. It was the culmination of this year’s 6-week program, which serviced over 170 Rockaway children. Parents and local representatives enjoyed a terrific art show at Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). Photo by: Jeff Berman. Next free “Summer Moons” performance: Thursday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. - the opening act will be No Boundaries with Joanne Marnick and Mike Rocks. Indaculture, that phenomenal band of local talent, will fill out the remainder of the evening. Free live entertainment “under the stars” at RoCA@FortTilden. The outdoor cool and breezy Rockaway Moon Stage is located between the sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries, “up the road” from the Visitor Center in Fort Tilden. For inquiries: phone 718 474-0861 or e-mail: rockart116@aol.com . This is the final concert in this August series, so don’t miss it. Watch this column for any future “Moons.”

Michael Lancelotti is offering a “Glazing in Oil” workshop to be held on Aug 27 from 2 pm to 5 pm. in RoCA@FortTilden. The cost will be $10 per person. Please contact the RAA office for details and a materials list. See above for RAA contact information.

Call to Hispanic Artists: Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition: The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Art Collection and the Queens Council on the Arts are seeking artwork from professional Hispanic artists for an exhibition celebrating Hispanic History Month to be held at Elmhurst Hospital Center, 79-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373. The exhibit will open Friday, September 30 and close by Friday, Novmber 18, 2005 . The artwork should contain no nudity, no foul language and no occult imagery. All mediums will be considered. For the full prospectus and any questions regarding the request for proposals contact the Health and Hospitals Corporation Art Collection. Phone: 212 442-3876, fax: 212 442-0386. All applications must be received by Monday, August 29, 2005 by 3:00 p.m.

RAA 2005 exhibition schedule: Mark your calendars for the following exhibits:

•ARTSPLASH 2005 , annual multimedia arts festival: Dates: September 10-October 16. Location: sTudio 6, sTudio 7, outdoor Rockaway Moon Stage, surrounding areas. Opening reception: Sunday, September 25, 1-3 p.m.

•Gifted 2005 , a holiday member exhibition: Dates: November 12-December 18. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery. Opening reception: Sunday, November 13, 1-3 p.m.

•Sewn and Thrown, a quilt and pottery exhibition: Dates: November 12-December 18. Location: sTudio 7 Gallery. Opening reception: Sunday, November 13, 1-3 p.m.

Gallery hours for all exhibitions: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Reminder: Rockaway Theatre Company’s next production is the riotous comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace. Evening performances are August 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, September 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee is August 21 at 2 p.m. Call 718 850-2450 for reservations. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children.

Any emailed inquiries that are related specifically to exhibitions should be directed to: exhibitions@rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Tabla Rasa Gallery presents Michelangelo Mysteries, Artworks & Poetry, Recently Discovered Works: Forgeries or Masterpieces? This is a free open forum inviting all Michelangelo aficionados, experts, students, professors, and general public to discuss recent “discoveries” of works by Michelangelo.  Are they forgeries or bona fide masterpieces? Help analyze the evidence. Bring your expertise, knowledge, intuition, hunches, and/or simple curiosity. Several artworks will be under scrutiny, including Sleeping Cupid and Wax Model of David.

Date and time: Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 2 p.m. Location: Tabla Rasa Gallery, 24 48th Street (b/w 2nd & 3rd Aves.), Brooklyn. Contact: 718 768-0305, 718 833-9100 or visit: http://tablarasagallery.com

To set the stage, art historian Priscilla Bain-Smith, author of “Van Gogh Walks…Paris!” will present a short overview of Michelangelo’s works via slides and her usual engaging commentary.

”Michelangelo, The Poet, Aspects Revealed” - Michelangelo musings continue with James Childs’ reading of select sonnets and poems written by the Renaissance master. Childs, a classical painter and lifelong student of Michelangelo, includes the artist’s telling self-reflective verse citing his life as a tool of “Art, the mistress he was born to serve.”  Platonic love (pervasive in Michelangelo’s writings) is then explained as Childs relates select poems to visual images.  These juxtapositions erase much of the mystery inherent in Michelangelo’s poetry and place Michelangelo among the great poets of the Renaissance.

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