2005-11-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Of Quilts, Pots, Gifts and Lustre Kings

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Of Quilts, Pots, Gifts and Lustre Kings

Artist: Gene Nichol, Medium: Raku Title: #17.
Artist: Gene Nichol, Medium: Raku Title: #17. by Susan Hartenstein

The Arts @ Fort Tilden –

Exhibitions@ sTudio 6 and 7 galleries: Gifted: A Holiday Member Exhibition; and Sewn and Thrown: A Pottery and Quilt Exhibition of Juried Original Works. The exhibitions and special events run through December 18, 2005 in the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area.

Special live concert by the rockabilly gospel group The Lustre Kings on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. for an evening of powerful music you will be moved to jump up and dance to. Opening act: The Brothers Boyle Brigade. Where: The Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 6 or 7 (depending on weather) Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. Gretch guitarist Mark Gamsjager plays with a depth and breadth beyond that of most roots rock acts. This very popular Albany-based group has performed across the U.S. It has been said of them that they play “with uncommon fervor, commitment and flair.” Recently they have added various venues throughout Rockaway to their tour because of their love of the place and its people. They played in support of the Steve Belson Memorial this past summer. Plenty of free parking. Visit: Lustrekings.com to sample songs, check tour dates, and learn more. Event Info:718 945-3273.

Portrait Drawing Workshop on Friday, November 18, 7-10 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Open to all. No instructors or models, participants will draw each other. Bring your own materials.

Sewn and Thrown is an exhibition of quilts and pottery now on view at sTudio 6 Gallery through December 18. The experience of standing in the spacious gallery surrounded by this stunning and colorful exhibition is extraordinary. The scope of subject matter and styles is wide and the workmanship is of high caliber. In the quilt portion of the show, the images range from traditional and representational to the abstract and organic. The works are both hand and machine quilted, some pieces combining the two techniques. Ellen Piccolo’s A Day at the Beach and Miriam Grossman’s Summer Sunshine are machine crafted and present representational, familiar scenes in a traditional art form. Noah’s Ark is a large and inventive quilt, hand-crafted by three members of the ABC Quilters. They are Maryann McEvoy, Maureen Walsh and Kathy Clarke. This wonderful group works out of St. Francis de Sales R.C. Church and donates their quilts to charity. Karen Monath’s Spirits is a haunting piece that creates powerful positive and negative forms of horses, echoed in mountain shapes. In From New York with Love, Lenni Abel creates postcards and a map in this humorous and brilliantly executed and conceived quilt. Odalisque of Pills and Ravens by Kathy Nider is simultaneously colorful and provocative — an example of a traditional art form with very contemporary sensibilities.

The pottery objects are practical, yet artistically and sculpturally conceived and crafted. The range of techniques and forms are varied and beautiful. John Reinking’s three bowls in Lazy Sunday Morning are fabricated in a gas reduction technique. Shevon Gant’s jars and bottles are executed in earth colors, and her teapot is eastern-themed and hued. The creations of Susan Locke are classic yet contemporary, earthy and lacey. Benjamin Carter’s salt-fired Butter Dish and Cookie Jar, interestingly, are quilt-like in their patterns. Much to the credit of the curators of this show, Norma Allende, Janet Dever and Geoff Rawling, the pottery is clearly separated from the quilts, yet one flows easily and comfortably around the other. Kudos as well to the juror of the quilts, Kathleen King and to the pottery jurors, Norma Allende and Susan Hartenstein.

Gifted, in sTudio 6, illustrates the diverse talents of the members of the Rockaway Artists Alliance. Kenneth Axen’s photography presents images that flow and intrigue. The digital photography of Jessica Schulman is, as always, striking. New member Dennis Guiney and member of long standing, Denis Macrae, display their beautiful nature photography. Renee Rosenberg’s jewelry is on display, as is the sensitive poetry of Dan Guarino. Jurors for Gifted were Norma Allende, Janet Dever, Martha Killian and Susan Hartenstein. Credit must be given to Dan Guarino for publicity, Stephanie Bellomo for all her hard work, Geoff Rawling for his help and expertise and Janet Dever for her catering.

These are just a portion of the artworks to be seen at the RAA galleries through December 18. Admission is free to the exhibitions and special events. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by apointment. For further information contact Rockaway Artists Alliance: (718) 474-0861; E-mail: RockArt116@aol.com; or visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance. org.

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