2006-03-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Bodies: Equine And Human
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Bodies: Equine And Human


"Come In." Artist: Elizabeth Shearon. Medium: High Fire Clay, Fabric & Polymer"Come In." Artist: Elizabeth Shearon. Medium: High Fire Clay, Fabric & Polymer One of the great pleasures of this column is that I have the opportunity to introduce large numbers of people to wonderful artists with whom they may not be familiar.

It was recently suggested to me by friends that I go online to check out the work of sculptor Deborah Butterfield.

I strongly recommend you do the same.

Her work is amazing.

To say that Butterfield sculpts horses is an understatement. To say that she is a lover of horses is equally an understatement.

In large and small scale, whether using sticks, branches, found metal or bronze, this woman from Montana captures the essence of the animal, in a variety of poses. Indeed, the sculptures are the essence of the subject. Abstracted to the most essential parts, the horse's beauty, strength, grace and poetry are translated into the flow, spirit, delicacy, bulk and weight of the "strokes" of the materials, the nature of the materials and the open spaces created between the structural parts. Assisted, too, by the nature, color and condition of the materials, Butterfield comments on our society, the corruption of nature and the simple beauty of a former time.

Deborah Butterfield is an internationally established artist and teacher. Her sculptures are exhibited throughout this country and Europe. They are part of private and museum collections. Robert Gordon and others have written a book on her life and art. Google her for yourself. I will be on the lookout for a Butterfield exhibition in our city and will let you know if I find one.

Thank you to all who ignored the raindrops on Sunday to attend the cozy and entertaining opening reception for Intrusion or Intimacy. Mary Kelly, TK Kearney and Dan Guarino were in fine vocal form, as Dan displayed another aspect of his talents. The appreciative audience learned that not only is Dan a poet and writer of press releases and a visual artist, he also sings and plays guitar. This is a good opportunity to recognize Dan Guarino for writing the intriguing press releases that have come from RAA this year. The exhibition and the reception are, of course, the work of Norma Allende, Janet Dever and Martha Killian. Thanks also to those who were on hand to lend assistance - Penelope Atheras, Eileen Bledsoe and Roger Carreau.

Call to Artists - Reminder: Bodyscapes -

The Rockaway Artists Alliance presents 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 at Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens, New York in partnership with the National Park Service/ Gateway National Recreation Area.

Visual artists of all media arts are invited to participate. Sculpture, photography, fine arts, video, installations, poetry, will all be considered. Deadline for receipt of entries: April 14, 2006. Exhibition dates: June 3-June 25, 2006. Visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org or call (718) 474-0861 for full prospectus and entry form.

Arts@ Fort Tilden:

Intrusion or Intimacy: a juried exhibition that examines the physical and metaphysical concepts of openings, holes and orifices. Exhibition on view through April 2. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Admission is free. Gallery hours are: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call (718) 474-0861, email: rockart116@aol.com or visit: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org.

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

The Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) presents the touching and entertaining musical, The Fantasticks, on March 18 @ 8 p.m. and March 19 @ 2 p.m.

Location: The Post Theater @ Fort Tilden. Director: John Gilleece, Musical Director: Jeff Arzberger. For information: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org or (718) 850-2450. The productions of RTC grow more varied and successful. Congratulations to the entire company under the leadership of Artistic Director John Gilleece.

Kiss Me Kate RTC auditions: Saturday, March 25, between 3 and 6 p.m. at the Post Theater.Singers: prepare a song and bring sheet music.Dancers: dress for dancing (dance shoes, no sneakers).Sides from the Kiss Me Kate script will be handed out.RTC is doing the revised version of Kiss Me Kate as performed on Broadway with Brian Stokes Mitchell, not the movie version with Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel.

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