2007-01-26 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Flash! A Photo Show To Come And Other Flashy News Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Flash! A Photo Show To Come And Other Flashy News
Rockaway Artists Alliance

"Hawaiian Flowers." Artist: M Elliott Killian. Medium: Watercolor
"Hawaiian Flowers." Artist: M Elliott Killian. Medium: Watercolor Where Flowers Bloom in Winter exhibit on view January 20-February 18, 2007.

Admission is free.

Location: sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden. The work of 21 artists is on display. For information and directions please call the RAA office at 718 474-0861 or visit: www.rockawayart istsalliance.org . All RAA events are sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Independence Community Foundation.

Raffle of art @ Bloom exhibit: You could win a lovely watercolor print by Martha Elliott Killian, "Hawaiian Flowers," or a beautiful arrangement of "everlasting flowers" donated by Danielle's Rockaway Florist on Beach 129 Street in Belle Harbor. Raffle tickets are available for "Hawaiian Flowers" during gallery hours of the exhibition (see above). The winner will be chosen on Sunday, February 18. The flower arrangement will be raffled off Sunday, February 11. RAA thanks Killian and Danielle's for their generosity.

The very well attended opening reception for Where Flowers Bloom in Winter brought visitors in from the January cold to be warmed by the beautiful artwork, the music of guitarist/guitar-maker T.K. Kearney and the delicious food prepared by RAA's catering committee of Penelope Atheras, Mary Kelly, Ann Murray and Renée Radenberg. Congratulations to all who contributed to the success of the event.

Sneak peeks @ the artwork in "Bloom": Martha Killian's watercolor seascapes are well known on the Rockaway Peninsula. However, for this show, she has applied her talents to "Bleeding Hearts," "Late Bloomer" and perhaps my favorite flower, "Hibiscus." Usually capturing the grandeur and undulations of sea, sky and beach, here she shifts her focus to the subtleties of petal, leaf and stem.

It's good to have Joan Doblin Vogel back. After decades painting, among many other subjects, the seaside of Rockaway, she moved to Pennsylvania where she was an equally successful and popular artist. She has returned to Rockaway and we are proud to be exhibiting "The Strip, Pansies and Ed." Its strong diagonal and bold use of white juxtaposed with vibrant darks, red, yellow and orange pull the viewer into and through this large, pleasing canvas.

CALL TO ARTISTS - Flash: The Photography Show (tentative title) seeks submissions using all manner of photography, old methods and new - film, digital, experimental, black and white, color, polaroids, photo booth, etc., and asks artists to push the boundaries in asking the question: What is a photo in the 21st century? This vibrant juried exhibit will also explore and explain the many and varied forms of photography, image development and printing. There is no limitation as to subject matter or photo medium. The show is, however, open to photographic works only.

Go ahead. Give us your best shots. Submission Deadline: February 9, 2007. Exhibition dates: March 10-April 1, 2007. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden.

Christina Jorge's timely and powerful sculpture, "Thinking Outside the Box," has been chosen, from a roster of national and international submissions, for the prestigious 30th annual Small Works exhibition at the 80 Washington Square East Galleries at New York University. The juror of the show is Jim Kempner, director of the Jim Kempner Fine Art Gallery in New York City. Jorge's critically acclaimed solo exhibit, Lines in the Sand, graced sTudio 6 Gallery this past June. Her sculptures and photographs have also been included in exhibits across the United States. The opening reception for Small Works is Saturday, February 3 from Noon to 4 p.m. at 80 Washington Square East in Manhattan.

For inquiries, call 212-998-6782. The exhibit is on view from February 3 through March 9, 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.

T.K. Kearney will be performing on February 10. Please contact the office A.S.A.P. if you are interested. Info at rockart116@ aol.com.


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