From The Artists Studio
Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein
by Susan Hartenstein
Many thanks to Dr. Nancy Gahles for her enlightened and stimulating lecture, Art and Healing, which she gave on Monday, March 13 at the monthly meeting of the Rockaway Artists Alliance. If you were not there, her words can be read in her March 17 column for The Wave , Healing and Harmony. Dr. Gahles discussed the essential role that art plays in contributing to a healthy and full life and that it is a natural extension of being human. Thanks, also, to Dr. Gahles for her recognition of the hard work and dedication of those in RAA who are devoted to bringing the gift of art into the lives of the children and adults of Rockaway and of this city. Brava, Dr. Gahles.
Art teacher JoAnne Ellis is doing a residency with some of her students, which requires the gathering of information about any local Rockaway and Broad Channel folktales. If you have such information, please contact me through The Wave. Their e-mail address and phone number are on the editorial page.
Arts@ Fort Tilden: Intrusion or Intimacy, an exhibition examining the physical and metaphysical concepts of openings, holes and orifices, is 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: rock art116@ 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.
Coming next to sTudio 7 Gallery: Paper Trail , an exhibition of printmaking and works with paper. It explores the nature of paper and the broad spectrum of what paper can do. Opening reception: Sunday, April 9, 1-3 p.m. Exhibition dates: April 8-April 30.
Kiss Me Kate RTC auditions: Sat., March 25, between 3and 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. For information: www. rockaw aytheatrecompany.org or 718 850-2450.
The Diligent Hand is an exhibition of drawings on view through April 8 at Gallery 64, 64 Saint Marks Avenue, Park Slope. The opening reception is March 25, 6-9 p.m. The gallery is open weekends, noon to 6 p.m. Participating artists include Audrey Frank Anastasi, who has curated for and exhibited with RAA. She is co-director of Tabla Rasa Gallery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The curator of The Diligent Hand is Bruce Zeines. Vincent van Gogh stated, "Drawing is the root of everything." It has further been written, "Drawing is the first thing artists engage in as children, usually evolving into a kind of obsession. It is their first encounter, and one that should be taken on its own terms. It is the artist stripped down, at their barest, expressing themselves in the most direct form."
Women's Studio Center is a great resource for artists. It organizes events, exhibitions and workshops in various mediums that include oil, acrylic and watercolor as well as the literary arts. They are located in Long Island City. To learn more, visit: www.womenstudiocenter.org
Almost every item in the column this week is related to women in one way or another. Just a reminder that this is Women's History Month. Oh, by the way, the May production of the Rockaway Theatre Company is the classic comedy, The Women. It is written by a woman, Clare Booth Luce, features only women in the cast and is co-directed by a woman, Peggy Page, who plays the character of Sylvia Fowler (Michael Wotypka and his Y-chromosome is the other co-director). And rumor has it that a certain woman columnist is one of those featured in the cast. Rumor further has it that a certain woman publisher will also be sharing the stage. But of course, these are only rumors. So, keep them under your hat.