2007-03-09 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Exhibition Opening This Weekend Rockaway Artists Alliance
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Exhibition Opening This Weekend
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Title: "Generational Gap," Artist: Jeannette Mejias. Medium: PhotographyTitle: "Generational Gap," Artist: Jeannette Mejias. Medium: Photography Saturday March 31, 2007 from 7 p.m. to Midnight.

What: Rockaway Artists Alliance 2007 Fundraiser.

Where: LOFT 181, 181 Beach 116 Street, 2nd floor, Rockaway Park, NY.

Stay tuned to this column for more details.

Photography: Process and Print - Exhibition on view @ sTudio 6 Gallery in RoCA, Fort Tilden: Saturday, March 10-Sunday, April 1. Opening reception: Sunday, March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

The show brings together the visions of 30 photographers. In a variety of techniques, styles and subjects, what emerges is a clear picture of the ever changing art of photography. From gelatin silver print to digital manipulation, from the traditional to the cutting edge, in color and black and white, Process and Print provides exposure to some of the many definitions and interpretations of our world possible in the 21st century.

Process and Print features artists who have been seen before in RAA galleries and others new to RoCA. Following is a small sampling. The strength of Casey Mergen's digital prints lies not in the dazzle of color, but in the dramatic use of black and white. More specifically - in Beryl Evening, in the tension between the quiet, dark silhouettes of anticipating surfers and the lights and darks of the choppy sea against which they are framed; in Black Wave, in the black and white pulses of raw energy that ride a raging ocean. The eloquence of Jeanette Mejias' Generational Gap emerges from the simple shape of a stooped old woman with a cane placed against the hectic, complexity of what appears to be a store window full of the modern breathlessness of today's anorexic imagery. The picture was created by Mejias from digital photographs manipulated and transformed in a digital lab. In an entirely different mood and technique, Denis Macrae brings together two of his greatest loves for Summer Sunset . In the foreground of the color photograph sits a circle of friends at the beach engaged in relaxed communion. In the background, the radiance of a setting sun glowingly heating the soon-to-be cooled sea.

A new name has been added to the list of writers reading their original poetry at the Rockaway Literary Festival, to be held on April 22 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. at Fort Tilden. Michele Madigan Somerville is a writer whom poet and artist Donna Cartelli says is "A very impressive poet and novelist whom I would describe as May West meets Raymond Chandler and Sappho [a renowned woman poet of ancient Greece]." Among Somerville's works is a book-length poem titled "WISEGAL." Louise G. Crawford, curator of Reading Brooklyn Works, a monthly reading series, writes that the poem is "a language-driven, street-smart piece about teaching Shakespeare at a Brooklyn high school [that is]…hilarious… powerful… poignant." "Somerville is a poet with great stories to tell and a passionate way with words."

The other writers reading their works are: Dan Guarino is a poet, musician, songwriter and singer who has entertained at numerous RAA events.

He is also a member of its Board of Directors. Apples and Apples is a CD on which Guarino reads his poetry and sings his own songs while accompanying himself on guitar. Robert Viscusi is an Italian American writer and critic and a professor at Brooklyn College.

A New Geography of Time is a book of his poetry. He is Director of the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities. Susan Hartenstein is an actress, writer and visual artist whom you may have seen on the stage of the Rockaway Theatre Company and whose weekly arts column, "From the Artist's Studio," you may have read.


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