2007-03-30 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Last Weekend To Catch Photo Show Fundraiser Saturday At B. 116 St.

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Last Weekend To Catch Photo Show Fundraiser Saturday At B. 116 St.

"South Street." Artist: Marvin Schneider. Medium: Black & White Silver Gelatin Print"South Street." Artist: Marvin Schneider. Medium: Black & White Silver Gelatin Print Commentary by

Susan Hartenstein

THROUGH SUNDAY: Photography: Process and Print - Exhibition on view @ sTudio 6 Gallery in RoCA, Fort Tilden: through this Sunday, April 1.

Admission is free.

Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. More about the exhibit below.

Free Special Gallery Event: Starring RAA's "Renaissance Man," "Man for All Seasons" and Seasoned Performer Dan Guarino.

When: Sunday, April 1 starting at 2 p.m.

Where: sTudio 6 Gallery in RoCA

What: The multi-talented Guarino will be performing a mix of original music and poetry, popular songs, some storytelling and humor.

He invites all to join him for an afternoon of entertainment with the perfect backdrop of Photography: Process and Print.

"Frozen Alien." Artist: Zachary Krull. Medium: Digital Photo
"Frozen Alien." Artist: Zachary Krull. Medium: Digital Photo TOMORROW: RAA Fundraising Cocktail Party: "Wherefore ART Thou…?

Tickets available at door: $60 per person

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

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

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, DJ, dancing, raffles and artwork

Have you and your children enjoyed the kidsmART afterschool program, the camp kidsmART summer program, the adult workshops, wide variety of exhibitions, dance, music and spoken word events presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance? Then help support them and future innovative cultural programs like them.

Come celebrate and support our community.

LOFT 181 is a newly renovated commercial space of approximately 4,000 square feet, available to commercial entities for lease and rental by the property's owner and "Wherefore ART Thou…?" sponsor Harbor Wine & Spirits.

LOFT 181 is located on the second floor of 181 Beach 116 Street, just above the event sponsor.

Advance ticket price: $50 per person. Ticket price at door: $60 per person. Please make checks payable to RAA. Even if you can't attend, a variety of sponsorship levels are available. Website and contact info above. RSVP by March 23, 2007.

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and The Queens Courier are sponsoring A Salute to Queens Parks Photography Contest 2007. It is open to youths 12 and under, teens 13-17 and adults 18 and up.

Winning entries will be exhibited at the Queens Museum and will be published in "A Salute to Queens Parks: A Photo Book."

Deadline is September 4. Guidelines and entry forms can be found at www. nyc.gov/parks.

This is the final weekend of Photography: Process and Print, exploring the many visions and diverse styles of nearly 30 artists. Here are a few that I trust will entice you. Willa Mae Gilbert presents black and white photographs of the Arizona landscape. These images find their power in the simplicity of their geometry - their basic shapes and silhouettes - against equally simple yet gloriously lighted and clouded skies. In the sepia tones of memory and contemplation, Mariel Eisenberg has appropriately captured the introspective mood of her subject in "Copperwind." In Gabrielle Mangano's "Milk Plus" one has a sense of stepping into the world of "Cabaret," at once playful and surreal; inviting yet ominous. The portrait of an entertainer - face stark white, derby hat and background merged in blackness and the single eye in jarring real color. Marvin Schneider's intriguing black and white silver gelatin prints include "South Street." A strongly sunlit electric box and its exposed strand of hanging wire are silently, boldly echoed in their hexagonal and curved shadows on the bare wall backing them. Positive and negative, light and shade translated into abstraction. In "Blue Lightning" by Zachary Krull the forms created in the crystals of frozen water are converted into the essence of energy. In "Frozen Alien" they become humanoid bony structures with an eerie, other-worldly quality.

The Rockaway Literary Festival on April 22, organized by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, is an event lovers of reading and writing will not want to miss. As you have been reading for weeks in this column, the range of panel discussions will be varied. Added to one panel's list of participating literary agents, representatives of major publishing houses and major "print-on-demand" publishers about whom you have read in "…Artist's Studio," are Jim and Willa Correnti. They operate a new, non-traditional East Village bookstore that offers small press and self-published books. A festival bookstore will be in operation all day where books by participating authors can be purchased. Authors will read from their work and be available for signings and questions. Author and writing teacher Jill Eisenstadt will present a children's writing workshop. The magazine Writer's Digest will distribute copies of its latest issue to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. More festival news next week.

CU@RoCA.

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