2006-11-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Gifted, My Mother Gave Me
By Susan Hartenstein Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Gifted, My Mother Gave Me

By Susan Hartenstein
Commentary by Susan
Hartenstein

GIFTED continues: RAA's holiday member exhibit, remains 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.

In order to give you a glimpse into the variety of artists and mediums in GIFTED , this week I have chosen the work of three of its participants to discuss in this column. Arianna Rose is a Teaching Artist in RAA's education program. The versatile Rose teaches visual arts, hand drumming, musical theater performance and acting. Her extensive professional experience includes teaching for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and TADA! Children's Theater, for which she also worked as a lyricist. Of the photographs Rose exhibits in GIFTED , I was most impressed with the abstract, flowing "Caramel Wood" and the solidly composed "Rustic." She has stated, "I endeavor to capture a moment in time...I create a mini-theater through the lens, framing ephemeral scenes."

A practical woman, Ann Murray, who has had a life-long passion for drawing, was an accounting major in college. However, after much encouragement from friends and professors, she took art classes that exposed her to a variety of techniques and mediums and decided to pursue a career in the art world. But as life has a way of interfering with such plans, the responsibilities of a new family put those plans on hold until a future retirement. Then a life-changing accident requiring three surgeries to her drawing arm shifted Murray's goals. She has begun to explore the medium of photography, which is easier on her compromised arm and hands. She is no longer postponing her art until retirement. Murray writes, "This is a very exciting time for me because I finally summoned up the motivation and the courage to join the Rockaway Artists Alliance, and this is the first time I have ever submitted any work for public viewing...I am glad I decided not to wait until retirement." So are we. In her three drawings in the exhibition, Murray beautifully exploits the delicate, subtle possibilities of graphite and charcoal.

Janet Dever is the Treasurer of the RAA. She is a dynamic and tireless force on its Exhibitions Committee. She is a splendid watercolorist, the quality of whose work grows with each exhibit in which she participates. In "Sequoia" Dever achieves a clarity and depth of color, and attention to the subtleties of structure, capitalizing on the integrity and power of her subject.

Under the direction of John Gilleece and the musical direction of Jeff Arzberger, The Rockaway Theatre Company's The Rockaway Café '06: A Salute to the Songs of the Cinema is the latest "not-to-be-missed" production from that exciting troupe. Staged with flair, humor and imagination, energetically choreographed, and performed with large helpings of talent and exuberance, the revue sweeps the audience along in a joyful, tuneful evening. The band under Arzberger's very capable leadership includes versatile, talented musicians. It creates the irresistible pulse of "Café." All involved are to be congratulated for a job well done. Remaining performances at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden: November 17, 18 at 8 p.m. RTC Hotline: 718-850-2450.

Kenneth Hutley, one of the directors of RAA's life drawing workshop is exhibiting recent paintings and drawings through November 26 in the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building at 163 West 125 Street in Manhattan. Doors open at 2 p.m. For information: 212-749-5298. The exhibit is presented by the International Agency for Minority Artist Affairs and the Harlem Arts Council.

Julia Koslyansky is exhibiting her paintings at "SGI USA Community Center on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. A practicing Buddhist, Koslyansky says that the process of chanting helps to bring out the best in her and her full potential.

The creativity of her artwork is part of that full potential. In this show the artist returns to ideas she has frequently visited. The theme of these paintings is flowers because, she says, they show us the beauty of nature and because they teach us a lesson about life. In order to take root, grow and flourish under often adverse conditions they must be strong and resilient. Delicate, yet strong. They are a celebration of life. Koslyansky incorporates female energies. She writes that the exhibit is "dedicated to all mothers and grandmothers who teach us the meaning of strength, love and courage."A thirty-three minute version of Robert Sarnoff's documentary film "Irish Ropes" has been chosen as an official selection of the 2006 Queens International Film Festival, which runs November 16-1 at. The Museum of The Moving Image and Kaufman Zukor Studios.

The film follows the journeys of ten boxers whose goal is to win the Golden Gloves Championship at Madison Square Garden. "Irish Ropes" is their very human, very personal stories told through the humor, poetry and colorful wisdom of the fighters themselves. For more information: www.queensfilm festival. com.

CU@RoCA.

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