2006-03-10 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole
by Susan Hartenstein Arts@ Fort Tilden:

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Through The Looking Glass And Down The Rabbit Hole

by Susan Hartenstein
Arts@ Fort Tilden:

Title: "Where I'd Rather Be," Artist: Jessica Schulman. Medium: Photography. One of the works featured in the upcoming exhibition.Title: "Where I'd Rather Be," Artist: Jessica Schulman. Medium: Photography. One of the works featured in the upcoming exhibition. Intrusion or Intimacy: a juried exhibition that examines the physical and metaphysical concepts of openings, holes and orifices.

Opening (how appropriate) reception: March 12, 1-3 p.m. Live entertainment and refreshments. Singer Mary Kelly will accompany herself on the guitar and Dan Guarino will read his poetry.

Exhibition dates:

March 11-April 2. Location:

sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Admission is free. For more information call 718 474-0861, email: rock art116@aol. com or visit: www.rock a wayartists alliance.org

See below for a preview of some of the artwork.

Wood sculptor Robin Pogrebitskiy hosts an informal exhibition of his phantasmagorical and functional art in sTudio 7 Gallery, to run concurrent with Intrusion or Intimacy.

Next RAA General Meeting:

Monday, March 13 in building T-149, Fort Tilden. Guest presentation: Art & Healing with Dr. Nancy Gahles.

The Rockaway Theatre Company presents The Fantastiks on March 10, 11, 18 @ 8 p.m.; March 11 @ 3 p.m.; March 19 @ 2 p.m. Location: The Post Theater @ Fort Tilden. Director: John Gilleece, Musical Director: Jeff Arzberger.

For information: www.rock away theatrecompany.org or 718 850-2450.

Literature is filled with tales that bring the reader through holes, portals, doors and orifices of varying nature into unknown realms, dimensions and spaces. Consider Alice's adventures through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole; H.G. Welles' travels through the portals of time; Rochester's forbidden door blocking the mysterious howling that Jane Eyre dared not unleash, yet could not resist.

Intrusion or Intimacy is the visual equivalent of these literary explorations. Rather than creating visual images in the mind's eye through symbolic tools like metaphor and alliteration, Intrusion or Intimacy presents its invitations to see into the other side of the door directly, by use of photography, paint and a wide variety of sculptural mediums.

Twelve artists are participating in the group show.

Diane J. Ali's digitally manipulated photographs (a process that seems to me always to have an element of slight-of-hand magic) establishes dream-like worlds of loss, rebirth, freedom and possibility. Billy Friebele looks into spaces in miniature employing the rudimentary elements of wood, tree branches, twine and beeswax.

The irresistible smoothness and striations of the pink and zebra alabaster used for Wendy Friend's figurative abstracts invite the viewer to form a tactile, visceral bond with the works.

She further invites the viewer to be more; to go beyond passive observance into being "an active participant to imagine and create your own story from my works of art." Fired clay, fabric and wax build cavities and their openings, and fill them with mysterious and wonderful forms in the 3-dimensional art of Elizabeth Shearon.

Call to Artists: BODYSCAPES a juried exhibition of original works, exploring the multidimensional aspects of the human figure, not only as a physical form but also as the vessel of the essence of humanity (or what it means to be human) to be exhibited in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden.

Deadline for entry submission: April 14. Exhibition dates: June 3-June 25. Visit: www.rockaway artists alliance. org for full prospectus and entry form.

Visit: www.womenstudiocenter.org, the website of the Women's Studio Center Inc. for information on classes and workshops in a variety of disciplines that include oil and watercolor painting and drawing.

CU@RoCA.

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