2005-12-23 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance KidsmART After-School Program Opens January 3
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
KidsmART After-School Program Opens January 3

The registration forms have gone out for RAA’s kidsmART after school program, which will open Tuesday, January 3. Program days and hours are Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. kidsmART will once again be held in T-149 in Fort Tilden. This year’s program will be better than ever, including an art therapy program, a face-lifted T-149, our exceptional core staff and new theater, drumming and visual arts instructors and a new library, computer area. If you have not received a registration packet, and would like one, please call the RAA office at 718-474-0861. Remember, the program is free and children must be between the ages of 6 and 13 in order to be eligible to participate. Also, if you are a teen between the ages of 15 and 19 and are interested in employment, you can visit our website at www.rockawayartis tsalliance.org and download an application. The completed applications can be mailed to our office at RAA, 260 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

Reminder: Call to Artists – call the RAA office or go to our website for prospectus and entry form.

Intrusion or Intimacy – a juried exhibition exploring the concept of openings, holes and orifices. Entry deadline: January 20, 2006

Paper Trail – a printmaking and paper works juried exhibition. Entry deadline: February 17, 2006

Next RAA exhibition: A Primary Exhibition. Dates: February 4- February 26, 2006. Opening reception: Sunday, February 5, 2006.

Thank you’s to Janet Dever, Eileen Bledsoe, Annie Graves and all those who organized the very successful RAA Holiday Party.

On view through Tabla Rasa Gallery, 224 48 Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, through February 4, is PAST & PRESENT. On display are painting by Lena Gurr, her husband Joseph Biel and various contemporary artists of similar genre and sensibility.

The following information is courtesy of Tabla Rasa Gallery: Like Walt Whitman, Lena Gurr (1897-1992) found poetry in the everyday world of urban street life. Tabla Rasa Gallery is delighted to present her extraordinary artwork in PAST & PRESENT.  As a female artist, in an era when women were blatantly under-recognized, she managed to spend her life creating artwork with heart, verve, and astute social observation.

Lena Gurr was born in Brooklyn in 1897. She studied at the Brooklyn Training School for Teachers, Educational Alliance Art School, Arts Students League with John Sloan and with M. Sterne in Paris. Gurr was a member of the Artists League of America, National Association of Women Artists, New York Society of Women Artists, Brooklyn Society of Artists, Audubon Artists and the American Artists Congress. She exhibited in many of the shows held by these organizations as well as the Whitney Studio Club, National Academy of Design, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, World’s Fair (1939) and had three solo shows at the ACA Gallery (1935, 1939, and 1945). Gurr’s work is represented in the collections of the Biro-Bidjan Museum in Russia and the Library of Congress. In addition to her career as a painter, lithographer and serigrapher, Gurr also taught art in the New York City public school system

Like Lena Gurr and Joseph Biel, the contemporary artists in this show are also Brooklynites, and each demonstrates an affinity for finding artistic inspiration by looking at the urban scenes, right outside their windows.

Most prominent among them is Simon Dinnerstein, well represented in museum collections (such as the National Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian Institution), and recipient of numerous National and International Awards (such as the Fulbright Fellowship, Rome Prize Fellowship) He is interested in the mysterious and haunting aspects of dream states and “time suspensions,” which suggest that all earlier times may coexist, overlap and interweave with and within the present time.  The Dinnerstein graphite drawings and prints, exhibited in this show are created with crystalline purity, and quiet drama. Included in the exhibition are works by Willian Frux, Sylvia Maier and Dave Mitri.

Remember that this is a terrific time of year to go exploring new galleries and museums to which you have not as yet been. Visitwww.tablarasagallery. com for more information. Enjoy.

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