2006-06-09 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Life's A Beach Chair
Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein Exhibitions in RoCA@Fort Tilden:

Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein
Exhibitions in RoCA@Fort Tilden:

Jorge, center, is surrounded by well-wishers at the Fort Tilden preview gala for her new exhibition, "Lines In The Sand."
Jorge, center, is surrounded by well-wishers at the Fort Tilden preview gala for her new exhibition, "Lines In The Sand." Lines in the Sand: The Chairs of Bagno Maria, an exhibit of painterly photographs by Christina Jorge. Timeless images taken on a Tuscan beach that capture the beauty of the color and design of the chairs of Bagno Maria. On view through June 25 at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, Queens, NY. For more on this exhibit see below.

Bodyscapes: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Aspects of the Human Figure. On view through June 25 at sTudio7 Gallery, RoCA.

Wine and cheese reception for both exhibits: Sunday, June 11, 1-3 p.m. Open to the general public. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. For information and directions: (718) 474-0861; E-mail: Rock Art116@aol.com Website: www.rock awayartistsalliance.org.

Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Tilden's Post Theater: a benefit concert to support RAA and the Rockaway Theatre Company features a star-studded cast that includes Seaside Interprise and a cappella singers Traditionaly Yours. Ticket donations are $15. To reserve tickets call the RTC hotline: 718 850-2450. More about this special event next week.

RAA general meeting: Monday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden.

Lines in the Sand: The Chairs of Bagno Maria, an exhibit of photographs by Christina Jorge, enjoyed a very successful kick-off to its June showing at sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden. The Saturday evening special preview reception brought together an eclectic mix of more than 150 guests. Artists, members of the press, community leaders and activists, local, state and federal government officials, friends and neighbors were among the attendees who spent the evening admiring the stunning photography of Christina Jorge in her first solo exhibition, while also enjoying each other's company. Throughout the evening, there was a constant and lively buzz of conversation in the air, reflecting the varied and interesting backgrounds of those present. Every aspect of the exhibition and preview reception was tasteful and of the highest caliber. The pristine white walls of sTudio 6 Gallery were the perfect backdrop to the dynamic and colorful photographs. The catering by Bon Soir was delicious; the service attentive without being intrusive. The background music compiled by Lia Minkoff and Rob Battistuzzi was a harmonious accompaniment to the evening. Among those helping to mount this exhibition and event were the extraordinary Janet Dever of the RAA Exhibitions Committee, Esther Grillo, whose eye for clarity and taste is matched only by that of Chris Jorge, Penelope Atheras, whose spirit and talent add to any team of which she is a part, Jon Minkoff, who gave so generously of his time, Susan Hartenstein, who arranged publicity, and the multi-talented Geoff Rawling. Rawling has created yet another brilliant "palette sign" for this exhibit, to add to the collection of wonderful signs he creates for each RAA exhibit.

Jorge and the Rockaway Artists Alliance wish to acknowledge all those who support the arts and helped make the evening a special occasion. The list of names is obviously too long for this column. But to name a few, they include Roy Fox, Caretaker Plenipotentiary of Kings Manor Museum, Nik Kovak, Community Editor of The Q ueens Ledger newspaper group, Susan Locke, publisher of The Wave newspaper, State Senator Serphin Maltese and artist/arts patron Constance Del Vecchio Maltese, Arthur and Millicent O'Meally, members of the Board of Directors of the Queens Historical Society, Rita Mullally, District Ranger for the Breezy Point District, Theresa Osborne, Director of Culture and Tourism for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Congressman Anthony Weiner. Special acknowledgement and thanks must go to Jonas Mlenak, who documented this event with his professional talent as a photographer.

Lines in the Sand: The Chairs of Bagno Maria is the perfect exhibition with which to begin your summer vacation. Jorge photographed the colorful beach chairs she discovered on Bagno Maria, a beach in Tuscany, the Italian province where she sculpts each summer. But it was sections of these chairs, rather than the entire chair, that she chose to frame with her camera. The bold sweep of vermillion canvas; the sun's rays casting the cool shadow of a triangular wooden frame onto the hot sand beneath. The result is large formatted photographs that present powerful images of color, design, angle and line. Contemporary yet timeless, they transport the viewer to the sunny beaches of northern Italy, while projecting a sense of the eternal. The photographs, which are c-prints, are of crystal clarity and highest quality, shown in floating gallery plexiglas, adding to their clarity and immediacy. All are available in smaller sized prints suitable for framing. Included in the exhibit are photographs of Italian food cooked by Marica, the Tuscan chef who has a cabana at Bagno Maria. A panoramic view of the Breezy Point beach is mounted in the opening hallway. Three sculptures by Jorge are also on display. The exhibition is dedicated in memory of the artist's sister, Norma Jean (1949-2004).

Christina Jorge and Lines in the Sand: The Chairs of Bagno Maria have been the subject of articles in several newspapers that include The Daily News and Newsday.

Come see what the buzz is all about. The exhibit is on view through June 25 at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden.

See above for gallery hours and information about the opening reception this coming Sunday, open to all.

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