2006-01-06 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

A Quiz And Unfinished Business
by Susan Hartenstein


“Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest, by Henri Rousseau, 1905. 
“Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest, by Henri Rousseau, 1905. `Yes, I’ve missed them, too. After requests from my loyal fans, the return this week of (turn echo machine on, please) The Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz. (Machine off.) But first, a little business.

Deadline extension alert! The deadline for receipt of entries for A Primary Exhibition has been extended to January 12, 2006. To remind you, this is a juried exhibition with a limited palette that invites painters, watercolorists and artists working in pencil and pastel to stretch their imaginations in exploring a world of artwork created using either the many shades of one color or the vibrancy locked within the primary colors of red, yellow and blue. Exhibition dates: February 4-26, 2006. Opening reception: Sunday, February 5.

Coming next: Intrusion or Intimacy , a juried exhibition exploring the concept of openings, holes and orifices. The deadline for receipt of entries is January 20. Exhibition dates: March 11 – April 2, 2006.

For full prospectuses and entry forms and for a full schedule of 2006 RAA exhibitions visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Last week, when thanking those responsible for the support necessary to implement the renovations of sTudio 7 Gallery, I neglected to include The JP Morgan Chase Foundation and the Independence Community Foundation. My apologies. I also forgot to include, in writing about the upcoming renovations, that the building will house added bathrooms and a kitchen.

Space constraints didn’t allow me to list all our supporters in 2005.

They deserve recognition and the thanks of RAA and our community.

They are:

The Beach Club, Benjamin Beechwood LLC, Blockbuster Video, Bracci Fence Inc, Madeline Brand-stadter, Brooklyn Brewery, Browns Hardware, Citigroup Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, Dr. Howard Minkoff, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, The National Parks Service, NYC Councilman Joseph Addabbo, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept of Education, NYC Dept of Youth and Community Development, NYC Parks Foundation, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Senator Serphin Maltese, NYS Senator Malcolm Smith, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Queens Council on the Arts, RAA camp kidsmART parents, RAA Membership and their families, The Rockaway Community, Rockaway Graphics, Two Brothers Construction Inc, The Wave Newspaper.

And now, for some brain-teasing fun: The Juried Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz. Deadline for answers: next week, when you may check your own answers with those revealed in the column. Clue: all answers to the quiz include the name “Henry.” (In English or French.) Why? It seemed like a good idea at the time.

1. Known for his surprise endings and plot twists, this 19th century short story writer’s real name was William Sydney Porter. What was his pen name?

2. This diminutive French artist became known for drawing and painting the habitués of the Montmartre dance hall, The Moulin Rouge. Name him.

3. This character originally appeared in G.B. Shaw’s play, Pygmalion. He reappeared in the musical based on that play, My Fair Lady. Name this self-absorbed, yet somehow likable character. (Pronunciation counts.)

4. (Tough one.) Name the little boy in Carson McCuller’s play, The Member of the Wedding. Clue: The name is the same as the mighty “steel drivin’ man” of song and legend.

(Easy one.) Author of Walden Pond.

You probably know this untrained French artist for his fantasy paintings of the jungle and other wild places. His works are “naïve,” imaginative, are marked by intense colors and crisply-painted shapes. Example: The Monkeys.

5. A 19th and early 20th century American writer of novels, short stories and plays, he traveled and lived extensively in Europe. His works examined the social morés of his time. A few of his best known works are Daisy Miller, The Turn of the Screw and The Ambassadors.

6. An American Impressionist, muralist and art educator, he had a passion for painting outdoors and capturing the Midwestern landscape. This is a real toughy, so here’s a clue: his middle name is Henry and his first name is Albert. Go Google.

As always, “googling” and research are not only allowed, they are encouraged. How else will you learn new stuff? Enjoy.

Answers next week.

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