2006-09-15 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

ArtSplash Winner, 9/11 Remembered Through Art Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein The Arts @ Fort Tilden:

ArtSplash Winner, 9/11 Remembered Through Art
Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein
The Arts @ Fort Tilden:

"Violet Zuma 2"  By Annie Seaton, Winner of Best in Show for Artsplash."Violet Zuma 2" By Annie Seaton, Winner of Best in Show for Artsplash. ARTSPLASH is a winner and runs through October 15 - RAA's month-long arts festival opened in RoCA this weekend to rave reviews from those attending. The six-weekend celebration features diverse visual, performing and spoken word artists presented at the Rockaway Center for the Arts. Special performances during the run will include The Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, The Beat Museum, Angry Velvet and Seanchi and the Unity Squad. Admission to the exhibition and special events is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays: 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information: (718) 474-0861; rockart 116@aol.com , www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

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. For full prospectus and entry form: (718) 474-0861; rockart116@aol.com; www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Three cheers, ladies and gents, to the Rockaway Theatre Company production of "Noises Off!" I don't remember the last time I've laughed this much in the theater. The clever play centers around the riotous results when a tenth rate acting company gets its hands on a twelfth rate play in the provincial backwaters of England. Bravos all around, including director Bernard Bosio, the wonderful cast and set designer Roger Gonzalez (and those versatile sardines.) The remaining performances at the Post Theater are September 15 and 16 @ 8 p.m.

For information and reservations: (718) 850-2450.

ARTSPLASH began its month-long run this past weekend with a well-attended opening reception. Internationally known artist and curator Pedro Pacheco, who judged a series of awards for the show, praised the high caliber of work in ARTSPLASH. At the awards presentation he commented that he is always pleased to be involved in art. "Art," said Pacheco, "grows the conscience of the people. It helps them to be better people, citizens and to better know nature." RAA thanks Seor Pacheco for his expertise and his incisive words. His next project is to curate the Hispanic Heritage Exhibition this month at Hempstead Town Hall.

ARTSPLASH award winners: Best in Oils: Annie Seaton (who attended from California) for "Oxnard Violet III." In this series of cool and warm blue-hued beach scenes the viewer is transported into their "creamy and dreamy" mood and environment.

Best in Acrylic: James McKay for "Eye to Eye." In this dramatic piece, two faces, each of different color, share one eye. The viewer is left to ponder, can they share one vision, or is this just a possibility?

Best in Watercolor: Ellen Hoyt for "Pine Rise." Hoyt beautifully uses the subtleties, delicacies and strengths of her medium. In the classic tradition, she expertly uses the white of the paper as a color and as a metaphysical entity.

Best in Photography: Kenneth Axen for "Vietnamese Woman on Boat," one of a series of most interesting images of Vietnamese women

Best in Sculpture: Robin Pogrebitskiy for "Giraffe," one of the phantasmagorical driftwood sculptures of RAA's resident magician with a chisel.

Best in Drawing: Kenneth Hutley for "The Figure (Nude)," a study in pastel pencil that succinctly captures the grace and strength of the human figure.

Best in Show: Annie Seaton for "Zuma Violet II."

Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you for sharing your talents in the Rockaway Center for the Arts.

Janet Dever, Martha Killian, Geoff Rawling, Madelaine Braisted and Ruth Kraiem are to be praised for mounting a beautiful exhibition. No small portion of the day's pleasures was provided by the catering skills of Dever, Penelope Atheras, Mary Kelly and Anne Murray. Thanks to the versatile Dan Guarino and to Stickman for the entertainment.

In its 9/11 general meeting, Rockaway Artists Alliance remembered the tragedies and triumphs of that day in the best way it could - through the beauty, truth and inherent poignancy of art. Denis Macrae and Esther Grillo present their own work memorializing 9/11. John J. Grillo showed the photography of Karl Blossfeldt, whose images capture the exquisite beauty of nature's sculptural structures.

In the setting of a gorgeous sunset, the Roxbury 9/11 Memorial was dedicated and a 9/11 memorial mass was concelebrated at the site of the Memorial.

The large stained glass dalles de verre arch depicting the skyline with the Twin Towers was designed and fabricated by Patrick Clark. The bas relief faade depicting fragmite grasses was designed by Esther Grillo. The voices of the choir and the natural wonders of the evening provided a fitting ceremony of remembrance and hope.

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