2006-11-03 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

'Gifted' Opens This Weekend Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

'Gifted' Opens This Weekend
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Title: "October Sky," Artist: Mary Kelly. Medium:  Oil on canvas
Title: "October Sky," Artist: Mary Kelly. Medium: Oil on canvas GIFTED , RAA's holiday member exhibit: November 4-December 10. Opening reception: Sunday, November 5, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Free admission. 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.

See below for more about GIFTED.

CALL TO ARTISTS: RAA's next exhibition is "Where Flowers Bloom in Winter," January 20-February 18, 2007. Deadline for receipt of entries: December 8, 2006. For full prospectus and entry form please call RAA office at (718) 474-0861 or visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Figure Drawing Workshop: A live model drawing workshop, no experience necessary. Bring your own drawing materials. Sessions will include short & long poses. Final session will be one pose all evening. Fridays 7-10p.m. , November 3 to December 8 in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, RoCA. No workshop Thanksgiving Day weekend.

Title: "Lilies," Artist: Larisa Levina. Medium: Acrylic
Title: "Lilies," Artist: Larisa Levina. Medium: Acrylic Registration for all five days, $50. $15 per individual session. Workshop run by members Elizabeth Green and Kenneth Hutley.

RAA board member and Metropolitan Museum of Art docent Joseph Rothenberg will present his highly-informative and entertaining slide lecture about the great American artist, John Singleton Copley at Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence, New York on Sunday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m. The museum is located at 199 Broadway, Lawrence, New York. Founded by Josiah Martin in 1767, the museum is open to the public Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday Noon-4 p.m. Admission is free. On view are authentically furnished period rooms and a display of archeological artifacts recently discovered on the grounds. Its original name is believed to have been Rockaway Hall and then shortened to Rock Hall. For more information call (516) 239-1157.

The opening reception for GIFTED is this Sunday (details above). Many of the seventeen participating artists will be present to meet and talk to about their work. Allow me to introduce you to a few of the seventeen. In acrylic on canvas, new member Larisa Levina paints delicate "Lilies." They are set against a subtle, undefined background of greens that seemingly stretches into limitless space. The result evokes a sense of the immediate and the eternal. Of the oil paintings by Mary Kelly, RAA Board of Directors Secretary, I was especially moved by "October Sky." With free, loose, bold brushstrokes and a spot-on color palette, it perfectly captures the dark, expansive feel of a cold autumn day on the beach. Maryann McEvoy has been a quilter for ten years. She is a member of a few quilting clubs including the ABC Quilt Project at St. Francis de Sales Church in Belle Harbor. She teaches the art/craft at PS 45. Her students are presently working on a quilting project for babies with AIDS. "Under the Sea" is a mini-quilt, 9 inches by 12 inches. It is hand quilted with embellishments, fabricated in blue and green material embellished with the outlines of fish.

Once again this Halloween the artists and techies of RAA created a weird and frighteningly wonderful (or should I say Wonderlandish?) interactive world in sTudio 7 Gallery. Populated by a Mad Hatter, a wacked-out White Rabbit and a giant, monstrous Jabberwock, "Malice in Underland" was a hit! For the second year, RAA presented its annual Halloween production in its home at sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden. It has expanded scaring the socks off appreciative visitors to three nights, in addition to the night of October 31, with fiendish fun and imaginative illusions times four. Chilling lighting and sound effects and an inventive set led visitors along a trail filled with a mysterious rabbit hole, interior spaces where one felt oneself growing larger and smaller, a Haunted Forest where travelers were surrounded by entrapping vines, Alice's front lawn and walls covered with Gothic dark paintings by the likes of Walter Gurbo and Geoff Rawling. Ghouls, ghosties and demons came at you from hidden spaces and unexpected angles. Dedicated "actors" and costumed guides kept everything in motion and everyone safe. Kudos to all involved in bringing "Malice" to fruition. They are too numerous to list. But special mention should be made of the talented people who created the incredible multi-leveled, multi-chambered set and the special effects. They are Tom Burke, Apryl Green, Jan Nebozenko, Geoff Rawling and the ubiquitous Indaculture.

The Rockaway Theatre Company presents its third annual Carol Jasper Memorial Benefit Performances of The Rockaway Café '06: A Salute to the Songs of the Cinema , Saturday, November 4 at 2 and 8 p.m. Proceeds from these performances will be donated to North Shore Animal League America (NSAL). The NSAL will be bringing puppies, kittens and adult dogs and cats (available for adoption) to the theater on that day. The theater will be open 90 minutes before each performance, so that anyone interested in adopting can meet and greet the animals. Other show dates: November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 at 8 p.m.; November 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. RTC Hotline: (718) 850-2450


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