2006-09-01 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

ArtSplash Opens Soon
Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

Titles: "Transit Of Light-Left", "Transit Of Light-Center", "Transit Of Light-Right" Artist: Wilda Gallagher; Medium: Digital. On view at ArtSplash 2006. Titles: "Transit Of Light-Left", "Transit Of Light-Center", "Transit Of Light-Right" Artist: Wilda Gallagher; Medium: Digital. On view at ArtSplash 2006. It was with great sadness that we at RAA learned of the death of Michael Glover, who was a United States Marine killed in Iraq. Michael was the first cousin of RAAmember and Artist Instructor Kate Hayden. But because they grew up in the same home, he was more like a brother than a cousin. Michael was only 28 years old. Kate is the daughter of former FDNY Department Chief Pete Hayden. Our sympathy goes out to Michael's family and friends.

The Arts @ Fort Tilden:

Save the Date! The opening reception for ARTSPLASH is Sunday, September 10 from 1-3 p.m. and will feature live entertainment and refreshments, with more than 30 visual, performing and spoken word artists in two galleries and 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. ARTSPLASH brings artists and entertainers from as far away as California to the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. The mix of styles, art mediums and disciplines and the seaside scenery make for an exciting blend that is special to this annual festival. Respected curator Pedro Pacheco will jury "The Best of Show."

Admission to the exhibition and special events is free. ARTSPLASH runs September 9-October 15. Gallery hours: Saturdays: 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

For information: (718) 474-0861; rockart116@aol.com,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.

Call to artists:

The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) presents "Gifted 2006: A Holiday Member Exhibition," an exhibition of RAA artists' original works, to be exhibited in sTudio 6 Gallery at Fort Tilden. Visual and literary artists of all media and genres are invited to participate. Original works including, but not limited to: painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, printmaking, literary works, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, video, will be considered. Deadline for receipt of entries: September 18, 2006. Exhibition dates: November 4-December 10, 2006. For full prospectus and entry form: (718) 474-0861; rockart116@aol.com; www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Rockaway Theatre Company presents the frenetically hilarious comedy "Noises Off!" at the Post Theater on September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 @ 8 p.m. & September 9 @ 3 p.m., September 10 @ 2 p.m. For information and reservations: (718) 850-2450.

Internationally renowned painter Pedro Pacheco will be the judge for "Best of Show" for this year's ARTSPLASH. Pacheco has received numerous awards including a generous grant from the Pollack Krasner Foundation. Born in Spain, he now lives in New York City. He has been a gallery director, art consultant and curator as well as a highly praised artist. His work appears in museums internationally. In 2001 Pedro Pacheco donated to the people of the United States a painting honoring those who died on 9- 11.

The artworks Pacheco will be judging were selected by jurors Penelope Atheras, Laura Flego and Elizabeth Green. Over the next few weeks this column will give the reader a taste of the variety of "flavors" and images on display in the RAA galleries and stages.

Victor Bashmakov was trained in Leningrad. His oil painting "Crossing" profoundly connects the viewer to the spiritual and physical power of the open sea. Sparse, almost abstract, it holds the viewer in its visual eloquence.

Kenny Franklin's two clay sculptures have the look and feel of wood. Interesting, because Franklin also is a wood sculptor. "Stacie," which accompanied last week's column, has a focused central intensity that flows out from its core and transforms into embracing lyric poetry.

In "Three Satellites" and "Jupiter" Mary Blair uses the subtlety and softness of pastel to create the haunting, ephemeral world of the farthest reaches of space and the depths of our imaginations. In contrast, Wilda Gallagher's otherworldly digital works are bold and stark. One has a sense of them translating into the visual spectrum, a collection of the energy of light.

Come experience ARTSPLASH. CU@RoCA.

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