2006-11-10 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

RAA Exhibits In Rockaway And The Mainland Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

RAA Exhibits In Rockaway And The Mainland
Rockaway Artists Alliance

GIFTED , RAA's holiday member exhibit, is now on view through December 10 at sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden.

Admission is free to the exhibition and special events.

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

Special GIFTED EVENT: Saturday, November11: Participating artist Bob Kaplan will present a free demonstration of the technique of wood-turning during gallery hours.

GIFTED had its successful opening reception on Sunday. As always, kudos for a job well done to the Exhibitions Committee that includes Penelope Atheras, Janet Dever, Mary Kelly, Martha Killian, Ann Murray and Geoff Rawling. Thanks to Dan Guarino and Mary Kelly for their songs and poetry, entertaining all at the opening.

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: ww.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Next general meeting: Monday, November 13 in T-149, Fort Tilden at 7:30 p.m. Nominations for election of members of board of directors. Bring your latest artwork.

The Rockaway Theatre Company presents The Rockaway Café '06: A Salute to the Songs of the Cinema November 10, 11, 17, 18 at 8 p.m.; November 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. RTC Hotline: 718 850-2450

"MULTICULTURAL " is a Rockaway Artists Alliance group exhibition that showcases work of six RAA members who were born outside the USA. It displays the divergent threads that are woven together to form the rich tapestry that is RAA. The exhibit is located in the rotunda of the Citibank office building in Long Island City, One Court Square, (44th Drive and Hunter Street) and is on view until January during office hours Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For information please call 917 306-8729.

With mixed mediums and found materials that include bronze screen and plastic resin], four surreal works by Esther Grillo (Italy) attain a haunting, powerful grandeur whose emotional and intellectual impact remain long after their viewing. In these montages that include "Woman" and "Storm Cloud" Grillo achieves deeply moving personal statements of political and social significance, while avoiding the traps of didacticism. Among her many credits, Grillo has displayed her art in venues that include P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center and the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. Anne Hourigan (Ireland) uses acrylic and oil on canvas to create two abstracted seascapes depicting scenes of her native land. Drawn to the emotional aspects of the Expressionists, Hourigan is attempting to be atmospheric in her works, which, the artist states, are a bit exaggerated, like the weather. Indeed, the paintings induce a sense of the primal. In the jewel-like pieces of Christian Le Gars (France), the artist interprets the beauty of his homeland in Brittany. A printmaker whose work is included in the Library of Congress, Le Gars here displays an etching intaglio with watercolor and two watercolors.

George Marian (Rumania) says that he paints, not with paint, but with glass and light. In the radiant art medium of stained glass, Marian's stunning work in the exhibition depicts living on the shore. The waves, the wind, the falling leaves, grapes, wine, the four seasons of life. George Marian is presently at work making the ceilings on the second and third floors of the Russian Tea Room, using American opalescent art glass. The ceilings are 33 feet high. The world famous Tea Room is set to re-open around Christmas. Through layering of oil paint and of imagery and a free imagination, Geoff Rawling (England) combines whimsy and movement in the spritely yet sensual "Winged Venus." Rawling is President of RAA. His paintings, murals and mixed media pieces have appeared throughout New York in venues that include the Works Gallery and the Queens Museum of Art.

Yuri Yurov (Russia) creates exquisite and elegant ethereal poetry in the gossamer strokes of "Golden Masura." His latest work, in which he was assisted by Nina Dibskiy is a terracotta model of a sculpture to be cast in bronze. The endlessly involving and brilliantly executed piece depicts a turtle carrying a large cone on its back. The base rotates. The turtle symbolizes the world moving slowly, but which could be moved faster by strength, intelligence and greatness. The cone, covered in symbolic images, is like a mountain whose peak reaches into the sky and whose weight is on the turtle. Yuri Yurov's work is represented in numerous public and private collections around the world.

"MULTICULTURAL " is curated by Sophia Skeans, a longtime RAA member who has served the organization in many capacities. There is no charge to view the exhibit located in the building's concourse.

Citigroup was the first major corporation to award granting to RAA. We thank Citigroup for displaying "MULTICULTURAL ." The exhibit should be one of your destinations in a section of Queens that also boasts P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Museum of African Art and many other cultural institutions, open artist studios and restaurants well worth not just one, but many visits. Google Long Island City to find a rich menu to explore.

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