2007-01-19 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Exhibition Opening This Weekend Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein This weekend @ the Fort:

Exhibition Opening This Weekend
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein
This weekend @ the Fort:

Opening reception for Where Flowers Bloom in Winter: Sunday, January 21, 1-3 p.m. sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden. Featured live performer: acoustic guitarist T.K. Kearney. Exhibit on view January 20-February 18, 2007.

Admission is free.

For information and directions please call the RAA office at 718-474-0861 or visit: www. rockawayartistsalliance. org.

All RAA events are sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Independence Community Foundation.

Kicking off the 2007 exhibition year is a group show that melts the snow with glowing images and intriguing dimension. Over the next few weeks this column will bring you glimpses of the blooms and beauty contained within the welcoming warmth of sTudio 6 Gallery.

In "A Flower Homicide" and "Description of a Flower Homicide," Dan Cronin combines colored pencil, photography and poetic prose to create an artistic statement that speaks to the viewer in "multi-lingual." tones. Ludmila Bokov uses a very different medium of expression than Cronin employs. "Irises" is a wearable jacket decorated with hand and machine appliqué of wool nylon. "Orchids" is a quilt fabricated with machine piecing. Its images have the precision and light of stained glass. In the works of Sheryl Humphrey one sees both a history and individuality. The Surrealists have had their influence, as has Frida Kahlo, the Nabis and others. Humphrey reaches deep into the symbolic and the magical, to achieve a very personal expression of the forces of the universe and of self. These are stylized renderings, but in the eyes of her subjects one has access to the soul.

CALL TO ARTISTS - RAA's next group show will be a photography show (title to be announced). Eligibility: open to all subject matter but restricted to photography only. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Submission Deadline: February 2, 2007.

Annual Wurtsboro weekend: RAA members are invited to stay at Tim Bracci's upstate Valley Brook Inn from Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11 and to exhibit their artwork on Saturday, February 10 at the annual Winterfest. Please contact the office ASAP if you are interested. Phone: 718-474-0861; e-mail: rock art116@aol.com.

Invitation from Queens Public Access Television TildeVision Ideas program series: We are looking for talent... singing, dancing, modeling, playing musical instruments, make-overs, painting, artists, actors. Kindly e-mail us. Thank you. Telephones get busy. Matilde Diaz- program producer and host: 718-845-7512; userdi2071@aol.com

Travel and Study Grants Program for NYC Artists: The Jerome Foundation awards grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists living in the five boroughs. Funds support periods of travel for the purpose of study, exploration and growth.

Eligibility: Emerging artists who create new work; music - composers and sound artists; theater - playwrights and creators of performance art and experimental theater; and visual artists. Funding: Grants up to $1,500 for short-term travel - three to six days. Grants up to $5,000 for one week or longer.

Deadline: Feb 2, 2007. For more information visit: www.jeromefdn.org

Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m. is the date and time of Jeff Berman's talk about new ideas in art and photography using computer technology, pastel and mixed media. Location: The Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The talk and Q&A is free of charge. Anyone interested in attending can contact Berman at coneyislandbabe@msn.com . Included in the program Ink Press Paper will have samples of new papers on view as well as information on some new technology. According to Berman, some members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as officers from the Salmagundi and other art groups should be present. Berman's pastel, "The Fire Eater," has been chosen to be part of a special invitation only exhibit at the Butler Institute in Ohio. The event is a tribute to the founder of the Pastel Society of America, Flora B. Gifuni, and includes the premier pastel artists in America.

The Rhapsody Players production, "Brooklyn, A Bridge to Music," is a musical journey through the history of composers and songwriters who were born in Brooklyn. Some of those featured are Harry Warren, Comden and Green, Carol King and Barry Manilow. Remaining performances: Saturday, January 20 at 8 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 99th Street, Ft. Hamilton Parkway and Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m. in St. Mary's Church, 2236 84th Street. The Saturday show is in collaboration with Brooklyn One Theater and will feature poetry written and read by Brooklyn One poets. The production includes the talents of Rockaway Theatre Company members Anthony Marino, Kevin Sweeney and John Heffernan, who is also the producer. CU@RoCA.

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