2006-01-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Calls And Kudos
by Susan Hartenstein Reminder: Call to Artists

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Calls And Kudos

by Susan Hartenstein
Reminder: Call to Artists

– for and entry form call the RAA office at 718 474-0861or visit our website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

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.

A warm and beautiful refuge in the cold of winter for RAA members: RAA’s annual pilgrimage to Wurtsboro (near Ellenville) takes place the weekend of February 10, 11, 12, 13. Tim Bracci and his daughter Donna, our hostess, generously invite RAA members to stay at Valley Brook, which is a lodge with surrounding heated cabins and to participate in the town of Wurtsboro’s Winter Festival.

The Festival started a few years ago and RAA’s exhibit has been an integral part of it from its inception. Local artists have caught on and ice sculptors also compete on the main street. Lodgings for RAA members are free for the three nights. This is a fun and therapeutic getaway, but it is “Catskills cold” so you must bring blankets and dress appropriately. In order for the Braccis and RAA to prepare properly, please call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email: rockart 116@aol.com ASAP as to whether you are coming, how much artwork you wish to bring and whether you will be driving, and can provide a lift. Driving directions will be forwarded.

A call to artists for a drawing exhibition from ARKINC Artist Resource Kollectiv: Gallery 64 is now welcoming submissions for its March 2006 group show which will focus on drawing. The show’s title, “The Diligent Hand” aims to bring attention to what Van Gogh saw as “the root of everything.” Drawing is the first encounter for most artists and one that many artists known and unknown feel should be a continuing practice in art. It is our foundation.

Submission deadline: February 15.

Submissions can be in any drawing medium: Pencil, Pen & Ink, crayon, colored pencil, silverpoint or any other inventive or traditional approach to the art of drawing.

No paintings, prints or digital reproductions will be accepted. This show aims to be pure in its attention, and only legitimate originals will be accepted.

Due to limited space, sizes should not exceed 16” x 20” but some larger works will be considered for special placement.

Please send 3 jpeg images (please keep files small for quick download) to arkinc@nyc.rr.com and put Drawing in the subject. Images submitted should be ready for display (if accepted) by March 8, 2006. The show is scheduled for opening mid March 06.

Digital photographer and artist Jeff Berman, whose work has graced the RAA galleries several times including a solo show and who wrote a column for this newspaper, continues to have great success. He was asked to photograph the interior of the Salmagundi Art Club. The photos will be used in the international high end magazine “Great Places.” Berman is also photographing the original collection of steins, hand painted by world famous artists, at the Salmagundi Art Club. These images will be part of a proposal to manufacture copies of these one-of-a-kind steins by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to be sold to the public. The artist will be the New York representative for Ink Press Paper and will be head of the art center. He will work with the developer of inks for the Epson Printers and his art will be used for promotions and demonstrations at colleges and New York Camera Stores. In addition, he has twenty-four mixed media pieces of art on exhibit at the Great Neck Art Center through February 2.

Lina Puerta opens an exhibition of her work, “Agua Viva,” at Taller Boricua Gallery, Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue & 106th Street.

The opening reception is Friday, January 20, 6-9 p.m. The exhibition is on view through March 4.

Visit: www.tallerboricua.org for more information.

Accompanying the column this week — a photograph taken by Joseph Rothenberg of the beautiful sTudio 7 Gallery, which continues to be renovated.

I leave you this week with a line from Robert Sarnoff, editorial cartoonist for The Wave. “There was art before there was fire.” Think about it.

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