From The Artists Studio
Sunday, September 10, 1-3 p.m.: Opening reception for ARTSPLASH, RAA's month-long arts festival.
The afternoon will feature live entertainment and refreshments. 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 around the metropolitan area and the country to the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden.
A cornucopia of styles, art mediums and disciplines combine with the gorgeous seaside scenery to make for an exciting mix that is special to this annual festival. Internationally respected artist and curator Pedro Pacheco will jury "The Best of Show."
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.
Call to artists: The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) presents "Gifted 2006: A Holiday Member Exhibition," an exhibit of RAA artists' original works, to be displayed in sTudio 6 Gallery at Fort Tilden. Deadline for receipt of entries: September 18, 2006. Exhibition dates: November 4-December 10, 2006.
For full prospectus and entry form: 718 474-0861; email@example.com ; www.rockawayartistsalliance.org
Rockaway Theatre Company presents the hilarious comedy of fast dialogue and faster exits, "Noises Off!," at the Post Theater on September 8, 9, 15, 16 @ 8 p.m. & September 9 @ 3 p.m., September 10 @ 2 p.m.
For information and reservations: 718 850-2450.
Each year ARTSPLASH brings together the work of longtime members of RAA, more recent members and artists who are exposing their talents to this peninsula for the first time. Martha Killian and Maureen McGuire have been in RAA for many years.
In her entries to the 2006 arts festival, Killian brings our beautiful hometown seascapes to life in her gentle watercolors.
You can almost smell the salty sea air. McGuire's oils include a buoyant portrait of sunflowers, a delicate still life of flowers and their long, lingering stems in a stately vase, and the image of an exuberantly flowering bush and a patriotic spirit that can hardly contain themselves behind a white fence, or within the picture frame.
Denise Jankaukas takes a very different approach in her acrylic flower portraits. Hers are large, lush, intensely colored flowers that cover the canvas except for the contrasting and complimentary colored abstracted backgrounds that set off these bold images.
Referring to herself as a "color junkie" Jankaukas celebrates the nuances and drama of color.
Wendy Kaplan Friend takes full advantage of the qualities and characteristics of her sculpting mediums in her "figurative abstracts." The smoothness and striations of the portugala marble used for "The Embrace" contribute to the simplicity and strength of the torso's pose to create the most sensual of embraces. Friend states of the torso's pose to create the most sensual of embraces. Friend states that touching her pieces "is extremely important to feel their power and dynamism." Their visual and textural sensuality certainly encourage this invitation.
More next week about what makes ARTSPLASH the Queens arts festival to see.
Thanks to all those responsible for a second successful season of the immensely entertaining "Summer Moons" series.
The final Thursday evening concert on August 24 featured the bands No Boundaries, Squid and Hudson's Hope and the talents of Dan Guarino, Dennis Guiney and Melissa Biffer. Bravos to Apryl Green and Jan Nebozenko for conceiving of, organizing and supplying the technical expertise for the series and to the omnipresent Geoff Rawling. Thanks to all those who performed over the summer. Special thanks to those who came, enjoyed and came back for more. See you again, soon. RAA expresses its gratitude to Gateway National Recreation Area and for the invaluable support of the Brooklyn Brewery, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, JP Morgan Chase Independence Community Foundation and Rotary International.