From The Artists Studio
Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
Correction to last week's column:
Due to an editing error by this columnist, a quote from camp kidsmART Co-Director Christine Mullally was omitted. Worse, the fact that Mullally is Co-Director was, therefore, omitted. As the title of Co-Director implies, Mullally is an essential half to the administration of this program. She and camp Co-Director Marina Callaghan work in perfect balance to make RAA's camp the special program that it is.
Save the Date! The opening reception for ARTSPLASH is Sunday, September 10 from 1-3 p.m. and will feature live entertainment and refreshments. More than 30 visual, performing and spoken word artists will be in two galleries and on the Rockaway Moon Stage. Special performances during the month-long arts festival will include The Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, The Beat Museum, Angry Velvet and Seanchi and the Unity Squad. Each year ARTSPLASH brings a stimulating and exciting mix of artists and entertainers to the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. Respected curator Pedro Pacheco will jury "The Best of Show." Admission to the exhibition and special events is free. ARTSPLASH runs September 9 to October 15. Gallery hours: Saturdays: 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information: (718) 474-0861; firstname.lastname@example.org,www. rockawayartistsalliance.org.
ARTSPLASH is presented in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area and supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the JP Morgan Chase Independence Community Foundation.
The "Marilyn in Art" exhibition, comprised of artworks appearing in Roger Taylor's new book Marilyn in Art, will run through the month of August in the Gershwin Hotel Gallery. The hotel is located at 7 East 27th Street, between 5th and Madison Avenues. Robert Sarnoff's diptych "mm" is one of the featured artworks. Sarnoff is a visual artist, writer, director and filmmaker and Editorial Cartoonist for The Wave. The Gershwin Hotel Gallery is an interesting, high-ceilinged space featuring what has been described as "funky lighting" and "an artsy vibe."
RAA artist Jeff Berman and Jacobi Medical Center are collaborating to produce a 2007 calendar. Fourteen of Berman's artworks will be used for each month and the front cover. The calendars will be sold in stores and at the hospital to raise money for the new children's wing. The images will be chosen from the artwork the center has already purchased from the artist.
Berman is a member, teacher and prize-winning exhibitor at the Salmagundi Club, a prestigious venue for artists for the last 150 years. He was recently appointed to the art committee at the Salmagundi. This committee judges entries to all the exhibits at the club and selects the award winners. It includes famous and important artists connected to the Salmagundi. In the fall, Berman will be one of the participants in the club's long-standing series of lectures given by prominent curators, authors and artists. These lectures will take place in the newly renovated library, where Berman's work will be on display. The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue near West 11 Street in Manhattan.
Christina Sarquiz, who was a member of RAA's Exhibitions Committee and mounted a solo show of her work in sTudio 6 Gallery, has been a participating artist in the Salmagundi City Workers' Invitational Exhibition.
To learn more about the long history of the Salmagundi visit: www.salmagundi.org.
"Beyond Reason," an exhibition of the work of selected visual artist members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, includes the art of RAA's Madeline Braisted, Ruth Kraiem and Jeff Berman. Curated by Pedro Pacheco, the exhibit "takes the viewer through Alice's mirror, crossing through to a whole new world - strong, intense, and full of possibilities." "Beyond Reason" is on view through Sunday, August 27 at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens. For more information about the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts and its beautiful and multi-faceted Flushing Town Hall log onto: www.flushing townhall.org.
Jessica Schulman of the RAA has two photographs on display at the annual Fire Island Lighthouse Art Show, located in the lighthouse. The exhibit runs the entire summer and the lighthouse is open every day during the week.
Congratulations to RAA's John Russo for the sale of his artwork at the recent BWAC auction.
Kudos to all who attended, helped set tables and brought "delectables" to the RAA picnic on Sunday, August 20. Too numerous to name individually, they made the day a true family affair. Thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for their sponsorship of the event.
Come visit us soon and join the family. CU@RoCA.