2006-01-13 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Honored By African-American Heritage Month Committee Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein

Honored By African-American Heritage Month Committee
Rockaway Artists Alliance


The Rockaway Artists Alliance is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the 2006 award for Arts and Culture Achievement of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s African American Heritage Month Committee.

RAA thanks the committee for this honor.

For anyone who wishes to attend, the awards ceremony will be held on February 4 at 1 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Cultural Center of the Queensborough Public Library, 100-01 Northern Boulevard in Corona, Queens. 

Langston Hughes was a poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, journalist and lyricist. This beautiful, state-of-the-art branch of our borough’s library system is well worth a visit.

Having opened in 1969, it is the first public institution named after the Poet Laureate. It houses the largest circulating Black Heritage reading collection in New York City.

Included in this collection are volumes of his published works, theses and dissertations of critical and literary analyses of the works of Hughes and other Black literary authors.

The Adele Cohen Music Collection features the Langston Hughes Music Collection, featuring the musical settings of Hughes. In 1990, the library’s block of Northern Boulevard was renamed, “Langston Hughes Walk” by the New York City Council.

The “Small Works” exhibition will again take place this year at 80 Washington Square East Galleries.  Last year RAA member Michael Tubridy won an award. This diverse and prestigious show is recommended for artists to enter.

It is too late to mail entries but you can hand deliver any artworks less than 12 inches in any dimension, including mats, frames and bases. 

Bring $20 non-refundable handling charge with a maximum of three artworks on January 10 through January 15 to the above named galleries between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Call 212 998-5747 for details.

You may stop bating your breath. After a whoooooooooooooole week of waiting with the aforementioned respiration, here are the answers to last week’s Rockaway Artists Alliance Juried Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz:

1. Answer: O. Henry. William Sydney Porter was a prolific and popular short story writer, who lived from 1862 to 1910. His fiction was populated by the ordinary folk of New York City. But his stories were famous for their plot twists and surprise endings that were based on ironic or coincidental circumstances. Remember “The Gift of the Magi” in which two poor and very much in love young marrieds are able to afford a Christmas gift for their beloved only by selling something each holds precious?

2. Answer: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the spirit and energy of the late nineteenth-century Parisian night life, including “The Moulin Rouge,” in his colorful prints and paintings. His work, popularized in posters, is unmistakable, and influenced the style and palette of artists of that era and beyond. This son of a French count broke both his legs in his early teens. As a result they stopped growing and he entered adulthood with a normal-sized torso and greatly shortened legs.

3 Answer: Professor Henry Higgins. Said to be based on the character of George Bernard Shaw, himself, Higgins is unconventional, with little patience for the banalities and indulgences of high society.

4. Answer: John Henry. “The Member of the Wedding” is a sensitive and exquisite portrait of a lonely yet spirited 12 year-old tomboy, Frankie, whose only friends are the housekeeper, Bernice, and the neighbors’ little boy, John Henry. The role was originated on the stage and screen by Brandon de Wilde.

5. Answer: Henry David Thoreau was the author of Walden Pond. Seen as an idler and a dreamer by most of those around him, he briefly held various jobs that included teacher and surveyor. Thoreau sought a life of simplicity in order to enjoy the richness in his spiritual and intellectual life, observing and learning from nature and keeping journals. These journals immortalized him in generations to come.

6. Answer: Henri Rousseau was an amateur painter of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, whose fresh, untrained style was greatly admired by the Parisian avant-garde, Pablo Picasso and the Surrealists. The inspiration for his fantastical images came from illustrated books, visits to the zoo and the tropical house at the botanic gardens, and his own imagination.

7. Answer: Henry James traveled and studied extensively in Europe. His short stories, essays and novels often examined the conflict between the provincial innocence of his native country and the corruption and wisdom of his adopted Europe.

8. Answer: Albert Henry Krehbiel (1873-1945) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later studied traditional and neo-classical art in France. He returned to the U.S. where he created highly murals. His style became progressively freer, adopting many of the principles of the Impressionists, though truly in his own style. Krehbiel was passionate about painting outdoors in all conditions. He was a pioneering teacher of art and a prolific artist.

Dreams really do come true. Accompanying this week’s column is a photograph taken by Joseph Rothenberg of the beautiful sTudio 7 Gallery, which continues to be renovated.

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