2007-01-05 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Where Flowers Bloom In The Artists Studio Quiz Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Where Flowers Bloom In The Artists Studio Quiz
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein

"Roses and Music," color photograph by Dan Guarino.  One of the artworks in "Where Flowers Bloom in Winter."  On view in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA from January 20 to February 18.  Opening reception: Sunday, January 21, 1-3 p.m."Roses and Music," color photograph by Dan Guarino. One of the artworks in "Where Flowers Bloom in Winter." On view in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA from January 20 to February 18. Opening reception: Sunday, January 21, 1-3 p.m. Where Flowers Bloom in Winter is the next exhibit to blossom in the sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden, on view January 20-February 18, 2007. The opening reception is January 21, 1-3 p.m. For information and directions please call the RAA office at 718 474-0861 or visit: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org.

As a 'forschpeis' to whet your appetites for Bloom , this week for the first time in a year, the long-awaited, much requested return of the Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz . (Please, hold your applause till the end of the show.) This slightly-later-than-New-Year's version of the quiz relates to blooms, blossoms and baums (trees, that is).

As you know if you have previously partaken of these quizzes, looking up the answers in books and/or on the internet is not only allowed, it is encouraged. The object of these little information hunts is for you and me both to learn. So pick up your number 2 pencils and your mouses (that's right grammarians, not mice) and go to it. Answers in next week's column.

Born in London in 1866, this artist, naturalist and conservationist is beloved for the books she wrote and illustrated about the animals and the countryside she loved so dearly. Example: The Tale of Peter Rabbit . She was also a renowned botanical artist and a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep. Who was this versatile woman?

This Englishwoman may not be well-known to the general public, but she was one of the most famous botanical artists of the last century (that's the 20th, boomers). Living, working and teaching in Brazil, she was also an explorer, botanist and conservationist. On her many trips on the Amazon and its tributaries in a dugout canoe, she painted the exotic flora of the rainforest. She was one of the pioneers in speaking out to save that rainforest. One of the collections of her work is Flowers of the Brazilian Forest. Who is she?

Vincent Van Gogh painted these large flowers many times. The four canvases he painted in the summer of 1888 were intended to be hung in the room of Paul Gaugin, with whom he shared a house in Arles. In a letter he writes to his brother Theo, the artist states that his plan is to produce about a dozen of these paintings and create a "symphony in blue and yellow." Can you name the flower?

"Rose is a rose is a rose." This is the original version of this famous quote from literature. It appeared in a 1913 poem, Sacred Emily. Its author used variations of it many times in later writings. Name the author.

When one thinks of Claude Monet and flower paintings, one usually thinks of his extraordinary canvases of waterlilies. But Monet was inspired to paint other flowers, and landscapes of a variety of blooms at his home near the French village of Vernon on the banks of the Epte River. Originally renting and then buying this home and gardens, he bought surrounding property as his success grew. The colors of the house and its decorations reflected the colors he chose for his magnificent garden. The grounds eventually included a small stream, pond, waterlily garden and a small bridge. What is the name of this famous and idyllic place?

Gallery hours for Where Flowers Bloom in Winter are Saturdays: 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibition and special events. More about this exhibit next week.

Jeff Berman will be talking about new ideas in art and photography using computer technology, pastel and mixed media at The Salmagundi Art club, located at 47 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The talk and Q&A is free of charge. The tentative date is February 16. Any one interested in attending can contact Berman at coneyislandbabe@msn.com . Recently the artist finished a commission of several pastel paintings to be used by Ink Press Paper for a campaign to promote papers for art wholesalers and retailers. At the talk the company will have samples of new papers on view as well as information on some new technology. Berman states that some members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as officers from Salmagundi and other art groups should be present.

CU@RoCA.

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