2006-06-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Art In And From The Shadows
By Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Art In And From The Shadows

"Blue - Depression" Artist: Kathy Slamen. Medium: Digital photo One of the pieces in Bodyscapeson display at sTudio 7."Blue - Depression" Artist: Kathy Slamen. Medium: Digital photo One of the pieces in Bodyscapeson display at sTudio 7. The Arts @ Fort Tilden - Lines in the Sand: The Chairs of Bagno Maria, an exhibit of photographs by Christina Jorge, continues at sTudio 6 Gallery through June 25. Drawing press from newspapers that include The Daily News, Newsday, The Queens Tribune, The Long Beach Herald and our own hometown paper, The Wave, the images in this exhibition are timeless, yet contemporary. Taken on a Tuscan beach, they capture the beauty of the color and design of the canvas and wooden framed chairs of Bagno Maria in northern Italy. 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: RockArt116@aol. com Website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Bodyscapes: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Aspects of the Human Figure. On view through June 25 at sTudio7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Fort Tilden. What is it to be human? Artists in a variety of disciplines from all over the U.S. and from Canada explore that question in its physical and psychological aspects. Jurors for Bodyscapes are Penelope Atheras, Mary Kelly and Maryann McEvoy. Curator is Janet Dever, assisted by Roger Carreau and Geoff Rawling. See above for gallery hours and contact information.

Seaside Songfest, a concert featuring singers and top tunes from the 50's and 60's, is being presented Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Tilden's Post Theater. It is a benefit concert to support RAA and the Rockaway Theatre Company. The evening features Seaside Interprise and Traditionally Yours. Among the star-studded cast of singers are former members of The Flamingos, The Revlons, the Drifters, The Coasters and The Costas Review. One of those in The Flamingos, RAA board member James McKay is in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also featured is Ms. Jenny Hayward. Ticket donations are $15. To reserve tickets call the RTC hotline: 718 850-2450.

Sunday's opening reception for Bodyscapes and Lines in the Sand brought a great many visitors to the RAA galleries. The weather could have hardly been better. The colorful, attractively prepared food arranged by Penelope Atheras and Mary Kelly was perfect accompaniment to the artistry on the walls. The band Hudson's Hope entertained during the afternoon. Members include John Dilgen, Matt Gilleece, Apryl Green, Dan Marston and Gordon Richardson.

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan and the Russian American Cultural Center are presenting the exhibition Family Album: Jewish Artists from St. Petersburg through July 13 at the JCC, located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. The Pgishot is a group of Jewish artists from St. Petersburg. This exhibition displays their work for the first time in this country. Curated by Regina Khidekel, Family Album explores how Jewish artistic sensibility is flourishing in the new Russia, despite assimilation and the ban on religion under the former Soviet regime. Participating artists include Boris Borsh, Alla Davidova, Robert Lotosh, Alla Pogorelskaya, Anatoly Zaslavsky, and Aron Zinshtein.

The JCC in Manhattan arts and culture programs develop and showcase new artistic works based in the community of Jewish life and culture. The center attracts emerging and established artists. JCC states, "We encourage audiences to take part in the exhilarating process of bringing new artistic works to life and creating community around the arts." Programs include storytelling events, a New York Writers Workshop and music, dance and theater performances in a 250-seat state-of-the-art flexible blackbox style theater.

For more information on the JCC in Manhattan visit: jccmanhattan.org.

On Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. Tabla Rasa Gallery presents Living in the Shadows by Brenda Colling and Danny Scheffer, a shadow puppet event that combines skills in design, puppetry, sculpture and theater. It is free and suitable for all ages. Shadow puppet theater is a thrilling world of backlit silhouettes, music and spoken word. Following the presentation the artists will speak about the origins of shadow puppetry and its relationship to other art forms. They will show examples of traditional puppets. The audience is invited to ask questions and interact with the puppets (time permitting). The gallery is located at 224 48th street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in SPArC (Sunset Park Artists' Community). Tabla Rasa Galleryis free and open to the public Fridays and Saturdays. Their current exhibition, ANIMUTATIONS runs through June 24, from noon until 5 p.m. For additional information call 718.833-9100 or visit: http://www.tablarasagal lery.com

ARTSPLASH 2006: The deadline for receipt of entries is July 14. Full prospectus and entry form can be downloaded from the RAA website: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org . This year RAA's annual multimedia arts event runs from September 9 through October 15.


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