2007-02-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Final Weekend For Exhibit
by Susan Hartenstein Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein
Rockaway Artists Alliance

"Purple Flowers," Artist: Colleeen Lonergan, Oil on Canvas.
"Purple Flowers," Artist: Colleeen Lonergan, Oil on Canvas. Final Weekend:

Where Flowers (Still) Bloom in Winter: on view through 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. As the cold continues outdoors, smell the bouquets, feel the colorful warmth and see the welcoming beauty of the blossoms of art inside sTudio 6. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Raffle tickets are available during gallery hours for a lovely watercolor print by Martha Elliott Killian, "Hawaiian Flowers." The winner will be chosen on Sunday, February 18. 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.

Peeking Among the Blooms: Colleen Lonergan's floral landscapes in the exhibit create a universe in which flowers exist in an environment of air and mist. These are intimate, personal landscapes. The naturalistic blossoms of the foreground live, with total compatibility, in the ethered background. The sense of freedom into which the viewer is invited seems limitless and quite satisfying.

Lonergan is a photographer whose paintings have usually been abstract. Her paintings in "Where Flowers Bloom in Winter," she says, are an attempt to synthesize these two impulses. The artist is interested in color. Further, the way color changes in different light; how light is reflected in architecture and in nature at any particular moment.

In "Poppies," an oil painting by Maureen McGuire, the petals of this most beautiful flower, are rendered with a lightness that makes them appear to be floating in the softest air imaginable.

"Organic Mona Lisa" is a digital photograph by Jeanette Mejias that captures the breathtaking delicacy and subtle color modulations of this flower in all its sensuality.

As mentioned in last week's column, The Rockaway Music and Arts Council will be hosting a Rockaway Writers' Conference & Literary Arts Festival on Sunday, April 22, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the facilities of the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Rockaway Theatre Company in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. The festival is planned as an annual event. The public is invited to the day's panel discussions with authors and editors in a wide variety of literary genres. It is an extremely important addition to the burgeoning arts of the Rockaway community. Attracting literary artists and developing a forum for interaction and discussion with the professionals in the field is an essential element in creating a complete artists environment. It is also affording an opportunity for selected new writers to "pitch" their book ideas to a group of editors and agents. Those wishing to participate in these sessions must contact event coordinator Stuart Mirsky at swmirsky@aol.com.

The following panel for the Screenwriting Symposium should be of particular interest to the residents of our community: Brett Morgen - Documentary on Chicago Seven. Robert Sarnoff - Documentary on Rockaway Boxing ("Irish Ropes"). Kevin Breslin - Documentary on Women in Rockaway (tentatively confirmed). Yisroel Lifschutz - Documentary/Jewish Basketball Hall of Fame (includes star player from Rockaway). Jennifer Callahan - Documentary on Rockaway Bungalows. Kevin Boyle (Rockaway resident, author of Braving the Waves: Rockaway Rises and Rises Again and former editor of The Wave newspaper) - "Ruf Cutz." Pamela Popeson - Playwright and screenwriter for video media (Rockaway based writer).

Clips from at least four new films will be shown in the Post Theater, where the symposium is taking place. George Rodman, PhD Brooklyn College and Chair of the Television & Radio Department, will serve as the moderator for the sym

posium.

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