2007-03-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

One Saxophone, Two Guitars and Four Cameras Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

One Saxophone, Two Guitars and Four Cameras
Rockaway Artists Alliance

"Piano, New Orleans." Artist: Nora Cronin. Medium: Color Photo. One of the works on display now in "Photography: Process & Print" at RoCA in Fort Tilden"Piano, New Orleans." Artist: Nora Cronin. Medium: Color Photo. One of the works on display now in "Photography: Process & Print" at RoCA in Fort Tilden

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

Gallery Sitters' Special Event:

What: Live performance of the Great Jazz Standards of the 30's, 40's and 50's

When: Saturday, March 17, during gallery hours (see above)

Where: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA

Who: "Smokin'"Joe Rothenberg, award-winning photographer featured in Process and Print, displays his talents on the saxophone in live concert. He plays the great jazz standards of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Music by the great composers of that era that include Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter and many others. Some of the classic tunes: "I'll Be Seeing You," "Manhattan," "Misty," "My Funny Valentine," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "September Song," "Solitude," "Where or When" and much more. Admission: Free

Joining Joe will be acoustic guitarist extraordinaire T.K. Kearney.

RAA General Meeting: Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149 in Fort Tilden. All are welcome. Bring your artwork to show. Receive knowledgeable, encouraging support. Network with professional and "weekend" artists. You always learn something at an RAA meeting. And you'll make new friends who share your passion for the arts. This is also a perfect opportunity to buy your advance ticket(s) to the:

RAA Cocktail Party Supporting RAA's kidsmART Programs & Cultural Events:

When: Saturday, March 31, 2007 from 7 p.m. to Midnight

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

2007 Honorees: Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, GNRA Superintendent Lisa Eckert, RAA Member - Joseph Rothenberg, RAA Educator - Khadyjah Alleyne, Community Organization - Rockaway Little League

Event Sponsor - Harbor Wine & Spirits.

Advance ticket price: $50 per person

Ticket price at door: $60 per person

The special night includes: cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, DJ, dancing, raffles and artwork

For those who are willing and able to do so, we're also offering Sponsorship Levels of giving that will allow you to give an even greater gift. Sponsorship levels: DaVinci Donor - $100 per person.

Cezanne Supporter - $250 per person includes annual membership.

Picasso Patron - $500 per person includes annual membership & recognition as an exhibit sponsor.Please make checks payable to RAA.

RSVP by March 23, 2007

Sneak peeks @ 4 of the artists in Photography: Process and Print:

Joseph Rothenberg is an award-winning photographer whose work has been compared to that of Ansel Adams. His black and white gelatin silver images are classic, solid compositions. "Morning" is a perfect example. Rothenberg's portraits of "Man of India I" and "Man of India III" capture the dignity and character inherent in his subjects.

Also working in black and white gelatin silver print, Marvin Schneider's eye frames intriguing images that border on the abstract. The strength of "South Street" is found in the line and geometry. An electric box of exposed wires becomes a study in curves and sinews and in starkly and powerfully contrasted dark and light rectangles dramatized in sun and shadow. In the color photograph "Puzzle Picture," Dan Guarino cleverly plays with reflection and expectation. Nora Cronin was working for the Long Island Press newspaper when she took her color photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans. In poignant, eloquent vignettes, she tells the story of that city. "Piano, New Orleans" was taken "while I stood on a porch that was on the verge of collapse, and it described, poetically, the destruction of a city known for its contribution to jazz music." Cronin continues, "... any proceeds from the sale of these photographs [will] be contributed in their entirety to relief organizations that work directly with Katrina victims."

Congratulations and thanks to all who made the opening reception for Photography: Process and Print such a success. Thanks to T.K. Kearney and Bobby Butler for their amazing talents on guitar and their generous contribution of time.

Correction to my item last week listing the 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 will not be participating.

In upcoming columns you will learn about an exciting new development in book publishing that is changing the publishing world - Print-on-Demand or POD. These 20 or 30 companies use digital print technology, replacing offset printing, making it possible to produce individual books printed in single or small orders for a very competitive cost. This is linked to on-line book marketing, making self-publishing a viable possibility for an author. Representatives from two of the largest such companies, iUniverse and Xlibris, will be part of the panel at the festival discussing New Paradigms in the Publishing Industry.

CU@RoCA.

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