2007-04-13 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein

Artist Ludmila Vaynberg, the creator of the painting entitled "After Rain, used the medium of watercolor to create her vision. 
Artist Ludmila Vaynberg, the creator of the painting entitled "After Rain, used the medium of watercolor to create her vision. In Order of Appearance:

Land, Sea, Giants, Writers,

Lions and Tigers and Bears

RAA contact info:

Phone: 718 474-0861; Fax: 718 474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; web site: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Next RAA Exhibitions:

Of Land and Sea: On view Saturday, April 21-Sunday, May 20 in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, RoCA. Of Land and Sea explores the many sensory modes of nature through art. Her rich sounds, smells, colors, textures, and even tastes are alluded to through the variety of creative mediums of the participating artists. The rumble and saltiness of a crashing wave; the cool contemplative mood of a forest; the majesty of a single urban weed battling its concrete prison in order to grow toward the sky.

The BIG Show: On view Saturday, April 21-Sunday, May 20 in sTudio 7 Gallery and the outdoor sculpture garden, Fort Tilden, RoCA. The BIG Show dares artists to bring out their biggest ideas in a showcase of immeasurable possibilities. All works are a minimum of 6 (six) feet in size, (maximum indoor height 10 feet, maximum indoor width 50 feet - outdoors anything goes).Opening reception for both shows: Sunday, April 29 from 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery.

Gallery hours for both shows: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Admission: Free

Call to Artists:

Planet Animals , an RAA juried exhibition, invites artists to bring forth their artistic vision of animals both domestic and exotic, colored by all the mischief, mysticism, mystery and menace they encompass. Planet Animals is open to all media- drawing, mixed media, photography, painting, cartoon, video, textile work, poetry and literature, sculpture and more. Artists may show animals in any aspect or form and include animals which are native to land, air, sea or imagination. They may be living or extinct. Works may or may not include images of people.

Deadline for receipt of entries: May 4, 2007

Exhibition dates: June 9-June 24, 2007

Contact RAA for full prospectus and entry form or visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org The Rockaway Literary Arts Festival : Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the galleries and outdoor stage of RAA and RTC's Post Theatre. Presented by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council in association with GNRA, RAA and RTC.

Literature for and by children will have their special places at the festival. The panel discussion of Children's Literature is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery. An Awards Ceremony to recognize the winning student writers in the peninsula-wide writing competition is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Awards will include free one year subscriptions to Writers Digest, publication in the Rockaway Music and Arts Council Best Writing of the Rockaways Anthology, plus free publishing packages provided courtesy of iUniverse and Xlibris to the schools of the winning entries.

Children's Literature panel members will include JT Petty who, in addition to being a children's book author is an award-winning writer/director of movies and of video games. Film rights for his popular Clemency Pogue series of books has been optioned by the Jim Henson Company. Panelist Julie Markes' seven children's books include stories with the intriguing titles Shhh, Everybody's Sleeping, Where's the Poop and Good Thing You're Not an Octopus. Panel moderator Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is Executive Director of Queens Council on the Arts. Among the Rockaway resident's many accomplishments is Rabbit Mooncakes, a multicultural picture book for children, which she wrote and illustrated. Stephen S. Yaeger, a retired high school science teacher, is an editor, illustrator and lecturer known to Rockaway readers for his "Drawing on Science" column in The Wave . Yaeger's children books include Ian and the Woodlins and Seamore Gull's Rockaway Fun Book.

RAA member Jeff Berman has been selected to co-curate, jury and take part in a members only contemporary exhibit at the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club, where he teaches pastel, watercolor and acrylic painting. The scheduled dates are May 15-June 29. The opening reception is Tuesday May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. This will be the club's first members only contemporary show. Berman believes that if it is a success it could be the start of an annual event and possibly bring more categories into the other shows at this fairly traditional institution. He further believes that since many of the traditional artists dabble in modern ideas, this would provide more room for creativity. Berman sees the exhibit as an historic event for an important art club. He encourages modern artists to take part in the Salmagundi exhibitions by becoming members. Watch this column for the date and time of a demonstration on collage and montage using the computer that will be presented by Mr. Berman, who is also an associated member of the American Watercolor Society.

Correction: Last week I listed Genevieve Pulkoski's grandchildren and omitted her granddaughter Lisa.

My apologies.

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