2006-04-21 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Brooklyn - It ain't Just The Cyclones
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Brooklyn - It ain't Just The Cyclones

"Beauty: A Worthy Manifestation" Artist: Michelle McCaffrey Medium: Ink, Paper."Beauty: A Worthy Manifestation" Artist: Michelle McCaffrey Medium: Ink, Paper. But first: 2 Rockaway reminders : On view through April 30 is Paper Trail, the printmaking and paper works exhibition at sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. Admission is free. Gallery hours: 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.

RAA is offering an adult painting workshop in acrylic and oil. Dates and times: April 20-June 8, 10a.m. to noon. Instructor: Geoff Rawling. Fees: $15 per session or $100 in advance for all 8 sessions; seniors: $10 per session or $70 in advance for all 8 sessions. Supplies are included.

All experience levels are welcome.

Spring blossoms are inspiring us all to go out and enjoy the art and poetry inherent in this season of renewal. One of the most extraordinarily beautiful places in New York to experience this is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Each year in late April, the expanses of more than 200 flowering cherry trees in the garden create a heaven filled with pink snowflakes wafting to the ground and cushioning your every step. Each April that I visit, I am drawn to a specific spot that I find particularly magical. I encourage you to find your own personal Utopia in this glorious place.

The annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival), which celebrates these trees and the Japanese culture, takes place this year on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Over 60 events and performances include traditional music and dance, taiko drumming, ikebana flower arranging, cooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, craft demonstrations and workshops for both adults and children. New events added this year include 60's-inspired Japanese pop grooves by famed musical sensations Gaijin a Go-Go, workshops in tofu making and calligraphy art, displays of geta shoes and other arts from Inuyama, and a kimono fashion show. New events especially for children include book readings, puppet shows, CosPlay and workshops in Japanese classical dance.

You don't have to restrict your visit to BBG to only a weekend. Cherries, as well as other magnificent plants and trees, are in blossom right now. But Cherry Blossom Festival marks the height of the glory of those particular trees. Through May 28, the paintings of Mizue Sawano: The Art of the Cherry Tree will be on display in the garden's Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery. The famed artist has been capturing the beauty of BBG for years and the exhibit features the colorful large-scale paintings that have been used to advertise Sakura Matsuri since 1992. Visit bbg.org to learn more about the garden, its blooming seasons and other treasures to be found there.

The Pratt Institute 18th Annual Draw-A-Thon is being held April 21 - 22 (that's right, tonight - sorry, I didn't learn of this in time for last week's column), 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. (that's right, all night). Seventeen models will be taking long, medium and short poses. No cameras are allowed. The fee is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Sign up for this great art bargain ASAP by calling 718 636-3617. As if this wasn't a good enough deal, there will be free pizza, free music, free coffee, free cookies and free prizes.

Prizes are donated by Pearl Paint, New York Central Art Supply, Utrecht Art Supply and the Pratt Art Store.

Tabla Rasa Gallery in Brooklyn's Sunset Park is presenting a free series of talks by artists featured in the current exhibition,

ANIMUTATIONS, artwork inspired by animals. Scheduled talks include: Thomas Bennett: Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.; Ginger Andro & Chuck Glicksman, Collaborative Art, How It Happens : Saturday, April 29, 2:00 p.m.; Stephen Basso: Saturday, May 6, 2:00 p.m.

The gallery is located at 224 48th Street (b/w 2nd & 3rd Aves).

For more information: Call: 718. 833-9100, 718-768-0305, or visit: www. TablaRasaGallery.com.

Last week this column informed you of preview show on view through April 30 in DUMBO, at the LAND Gallery, 67 Front Street, open weekends 1 to 5 p.m.(except Easter Sunday).

There are RAA artists participating. Various other interesting indoor and outdoor exhibitions are coming up in the coming months. They include the Pier Show 14 - Transformation and the 24th Annual BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show.

Log onto: bwac.org to find out more.

As they say in that other borough, Cyis@RoCA.

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