2006-09-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

KidsmArt Is Coming ArtSplash With Live Music Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein The Arts @ Fort Tilden:

KidsmArt Is Coming ArtSplash With Live Music
Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein
The Arts @ Fort Tilden:

Geoff Rawling's adult/senior painting class, given every Thursday at the galleries in Fort Tilden from 10 a.m. to noon.Geoff Rawling's adult/senior painting class, given every Thursday at the galleries in Fort Tilden from 10 a.m. to noon. ARTSPLASH: RAA's month-long arts festival featuring visual, performing and spoken word artists. On view through October 15 at the Rockaway Center for the Arts. 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; rock art116@aol.com, www.rockawayartists alliance.org.

SPLASH JAM: Saturday, September 23, 8 p.m. start. Live music featuring SQUID and HUDSON"S HOPE.

New deadline for submission of entries for "Gifted," RAA's member exhibition: September 30, 2006.

Are your children ready to paint portraits? Create papier mache sculptures? Dance to their own beat? Receive assistance with homework and school projects? RAA's kidsmART After-School Program is coming back! We'll be having an open enrollment in Building T-149 on Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We strongly urge you to come to register and reserve a spot for your child. (Allow thirty minutes for the registration process.) Space is limited. The program will begin on Tuesday, October 10 at 3:30 p.m. This year's schedule will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

RAA also continues to offer meaningful employment to teenagers age 15-19. If your teen is interested in employment, please call the RAA office at 718-474-0861 to request an application for a position as a Teen Assistant.

Are you an adult or senior interested in painting? Please join RAA's Adult-Seniors Painting Class every Thursday from 10 a.m. - noon in the sTudio 6 gallery in Fort Tilden for hands-on painting classes. Taught by accomplished painter, muralist and RAA President, Geoff Rawling this class is open to students at all levels. Lessons include techniques for mixing colors, creating still-lifes, landscapes, portraits and abstracts, and more. All supplies and materials are included. Cost is $10 per senior and $15 per adult.

Dan Guarino is the adventurous sort - an explorer. Oh, not of the heights of the Himalayas or of the depths of the floor of the sea. But of the variety of routes to self-expression and of the potential within. He has discovered wonders in both. Guarino's voyage brought him to RAA. It is why he has become such a valued member of the organization, whose diverse talents are being showcased in ARTSPLASH 2006. Guarino is displaying a photograph, "Gathering Sunset," and has recorded a CD, "Apples and Apples," on which he reads his original poetry and accompanies himself on the guitar, playing and singing music he has composed. The CD will be played on a continuous loop during gallery hours.

Guarino appreciates the element of surprise, in his art and in his life. In his quest to explore all the possibilities, he likes setting new challenges for himself and is continually surprising himself with the results. He has been writing since childhood, but has become more prolific in the last five years. Poetry appeals to him because it is quick, concise and emotionally immediate. Interested in many seemingly disparate things, he may write his diverse thoughts down in poetic form and is surprised to discover how well they all come together as a whole. Guarino played guitar for many years. Recently, however, he was intrigued with the idea of learning the ukulele. He succeeded and thought, "Ooh, if I can do that, how about learning the mandolin." And so he did. The camera afforded a further challenge. Learning by studying the work and advice of others, Guarino has progressed in that medium as well.

When asked how he would describe his art in its various manifestations, Guarino replies, "Hopefully straightforward. Not complicated or fancy." He doesn't want his work to be so convoluted that people can't relate to it on an immediate level. Guarino is able to put complex ideas into simple images. He triggers a world of emotional and intellectual experiences for the reader in concise, economic verbiage. His writing can surprise and stimulate. It is playful, profound, passionate, serious, sad and humorous.

Guarino recently displayed his various talents in an interview on QPTV's "Tildevision Ideas." More interviews with this multi-faceted man are expected to follow. In addition, Dan is planning a book of a collection of true stories about his and friend's absurd, thought-provoking adventures in the restaurant business.

Guarino is a member of RAA's Board of Directors. He presently writes its press releases and calls to artists. He has contributed to "From the Artist's Studio." His photographs have appeared in several newspapers. He is an exhibiting artist and you have seen him entertain at various RAA events. He will be entertaining at ARTSPLASH on September 24 during gallery hours.

The artistic and accompanying emotional expansion Guarino is enjoying he credits to his personal growth, willingness to attempt new things and to RAA, which has given him the opportunity to spread his wings and to learn from others.

What is next for this daring young man on the artist's trapeze?

I can't wait to find out.

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