2005-11-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein The Arts @ Fort Tilden

by Susan Hartenstein
The Arts @ Fort Tilden –

Title: “Fall” Medium: Quilt. Artist: Maryann McEvoy. One of the very beautiful quilts on display in “Sewn & Thrown.”Title: “Fall” Medium: Quilt. Artist: Maryann McEvoy. One of the very beautiful quilts on display in “Sewn & Thrown.” 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, Rockaway, Queens, NY. Admission is free to the exhibitions and special events. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For further information contact Rockaway Artists Alliance: (718) 474-0861; E-mail: RockArt116@aol.com; or visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

The Exhibitions Committee of RAA announces the start of: “Gallery Sitters Events.” Artists exhibiting in a particular show, and who run the Gallery during open hours on a particular day, now have the opportunity to use the gallery during those hours as a venue to talk about their work, do demonstrations, present music, etc. Saturday, Dec 3, 12pm - 4pm: Laura Flego. Learn to make a simple seasonal wall hanging in colonial style. There is a $5 per person donation.  Please call the office for details and to reserve a space. (718)-474-0861.

Sunday, Dec 4, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Susan Locke and Gene Nichol will hold a handbuilding pottery demonstration.

Date to be announced: A day of spoken word hosted by Mary Kelly.

The musical, Little Shop of Horrors, will be presented by The Rockaway Theatre Company at the gloriously heated Post Theater at Fort Tilden on the following dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 8 p.m.; December 11 and 18 @ 2 p.m. and December 10 @ 3 p.m. For tickets: (718) 850-2450. Director: John Gilleece, Musical Director: Jeff Arzberger.

Elections for RAA board members and officers will take place at the general meeting, Monday, December 12 in building T-149 in Fort Tilden at 7:30 p.m. The 2005 RAA Holiday Party will follow.

Call to artists: A Primary Exhibition , a juried exhibition of artworks that are created with a limited palette. Paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, watercolor and other painting mediums will be considered. Color schemes include: monochromes (1 color), primary colors (red, blue, yellow), limited palette of 1 to 3 colors and their shades and tints. Deadline for receipt of entries is December 20, 2005. The show will run February 4-February 26, 2006. Go to www.rockawayartistsalliance.org for full prospectus and entry form or contact the RAA office. See contact information above.

Pat Bishop, James Cantirino, Christian Le Gars and John Russo are participants in a Small Works Show at the Brooklyn Fine Arts Gallery, 515 Court Street at West 9 Street, through December 18. All works are priced under $200. Weekdays: 4-7 p.m.; weekends 2-5 p.m.

Rockaway Artists Alliance member Esther Grillo is one of twelve artists chosen to participate in the Alumni Exhibition: Celebrating the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Brooklyn College. This very fine show is on view through December 16 at The Brooklyn College Art Gallery at the Brooklyn War Memorial, 195 Cadman Plaza West. Maria Rand is the curator of a varied collection of works from some excellent artists that have studied at the college.

Esther Grillo is a versatile artist whose intelligence and imagination are represented by several works that include reliefs and installations executed in mixed media. With an abstracted vision, she is able to reach the emotional core of the viewer, and to make commentary on the human condition. Janice Mehlman finds interesting spaces that she photographs in abstract ways and prints with a digital process on watercolor paper. So intriguing are these large, powerful images, which appear at first to be paintings, that the viewer is drawn deeper and deeper into their mysteries. The huge photographs of expansive vistas by Helène Aylon give a monumental and eternal quality to the words of the Bible, that accompany them. The geographical formations the artist has chosen are feminine and even sensual. Soft, geometric, beautiful cityscapes and Italian towns seen from a distance. Each of these oil paintings exhibited by Diane Horowitz is small. Arranged in a group, they are very effecting. Ben Katchor’s strange comic strips of contemporary commentary are done with great skill. Sheila Goloborotko has several works on view. Some are intaglio prints and silk monotypes. Working with anatomical drawings, she has figuratively created maps of her own brain – in a sense, self-portraits. Believing that in our culture we have a territorial need to map ourselves, she, like the discoverer of her own brain, has named and labeled its areas as an explorer would name the areas on a map. For more information about Alumni Exhibition: Celebrating the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Brooklyn College call (718) 951-5181.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend. Use that leftover turkey creatively.


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