2006-05-05 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Nature And The Women
By Susan Hartenstein by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Nature And The Women

By Susan Hartenstein
by Susan Hartenstein

Opening this weekend in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden, is Pipe Dreams: The Photography of Roger Carreau. The exhibition is on view from Saturday, May 6 through Sunday, May 21. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

For information call (718) 474-0861, e-mail rockart116@aol.org or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org. Pipe Dreams is presented in partnership Gateway National Recreation Area. There is a purity and innocence in the spirit that infuses Roger Carreau's approach to his artwork. His is an almost childlike wonder at the beauty that surrounds him. This coupled with the drive to be a photographer worthy of capturing this splendor is what P ipe Dreams is all about. "I'm always up for the challenge of getting the right light, angle, background and composition for the ultimate photograph."

Carreau waxes poetic when describing the very personal connection he has with the experiences of each changing season. [In] winter...the stillness, no leaves to blow in the wind, the loneliness, the cold [all] bring us back to our roots." Childhood memories of seasons long past fuse with the images he sees before him. Spending six to eight hours in a day walking three to five miles, he will lose himself, becoming one with his surroundings. Carreau will take as many as 200 to 300 photographs in an afternoon. Of these, he will ultimately be satisfied with perhaps 10 to 20%. "There is so much to capture on film, and to be able to show off these moments in time, is my Pipe Dream"

On Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. there will be an official unveiling in the gallery of a 20-inch by 30 inch framed print of Carreau's "Hope Flag," a moving tribute to the victims of 9/11. The image has become the photographer's signature piece. A bagpiper will play in memory of those who were lost. May 7 is the opening wine and cheese reception that will feature live entertainment. The following three weekends will include a mix of various entertainment and wine and cheese.

Opening Friday, May 5 at 8 p.m. at the Post Theater is the Rockaway Theatre Company production of The Women by Clare Booth Luce, directed by Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka. The play is a clever, fast-paced comedy set in the world of 1930's high society. With an all-female cast, it is a subtly insightful look at the lives of all women.

The hats may have been feathered and the nails "Jungle Red," but the dilemmas females faced 70 years ago are the same as today - defining the role of "woman" and co-habitation of this planet with the wonderful "Y-chromosome."

Michael Wotypka correctly states, The Women is one of the wittiest plays ever written. It's a real test of a comedic actress' talent. Each part requires truth, timing and teamwork. When I told people I was co-directing the play, my friends, especially my male friends, let fly with every sexist stereotype imaginable about PMS and catfights. Nothing could be further from the truth. This has been the most committed and harmonious company and, if it is not too male-patronizing, the most glamorous cast I have ever worked with." Peggy Page, the XX-chromosome half of the directing team, says, "This has been one of the biggest but easiest casts I have worked with. These are 35 of the most talented women ever to assemble on a Rockaway stage or on any stage. The audience will feel the fun. And in the play's finale be prepared to see parts of these women you've never seen before." This columnist would add that, as one of those 35, the pleasure with and praise for our directors are reciprocal. Performances continue through May 6, 12, 13, 20 at 8 p.m.; May 20 at 3 p.m.; May 7 and 14 at 2 p.m.

For information and reservations: (718) 850-2450.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the NYC Department of Education Region 5 Learning Support Center present KIDSPLASH! 2006 - An Exhibition of Student Artwork. KIDSPLASH! 2006 features two-dimensional work in painting, drawing and other media. It is on view at the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) sTudio 7 Gallery at Fort Tilden. The show will be open to all from Saturday May 13 through Sunday May 28. A reception featuring refreshments, entertainment and many of the artists will be held on Mother's Day, Sunday May 14 from 1- 4 p.m. More about his exhibition next week

Digital Derivations: A Different Kind of Photography by Jessica Schulman is on display Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at the Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, 3302 Avenue U, Brooklyn. Free parking is across the street.

For information: (718) 421-2021. Hours are: Saturday, May 13 11 a.m. -5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CU@RoCA, the theater and in the marshes.

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