2007-05-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Watercolor Class And A Little Look At A BIG Show Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Watercolor Class And A Little Look At A BIG Show
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein

One of the works from "The BIG show" in sTudio 7. Image: "The Path." Artist: Susan Conrad. Medium: Oil on canvas, Size: 54" x 70"
One of the works from "The BIG show" in sTudio 7. Image: "The Path." Artist: Susan Conrad. Medium: Oil on canvas, Size: 54" x 70" RAA contact info: Phone: 718 474-0861; Fax: 718 474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com ; website: www.roc kawayartistsallian ce.org.

Of Land and Sea: sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA.) Explores the extraordinary beauty of the natural world.

The BIG Show: sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, RoCA. All works are a minimum of 6 (six) feet in size.

Exhibits on view through Sunday, May 20. Gallery hours for both shows: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Admission: Free.

Exhibition jurors:

Penelope Atheras, Stephanie Bellomo, Janet Dever, Maryann McEvoy and Geoff Rawling.

Raffle of artwork through the run of the exhibits:

An exquisite stained glass box fabricated by artist Penelope Atheras is being raffled off at sTudio 6 Gallery, where the box is on view. Tickets are available during gallery hours. The drawing will take place on the final day of the exhibits, Sunday, May 20.

The opening reception for Of Land and Sea and The BIG Show on Sunday, April 29 drew a very large number of visitors, who packed the galleries to enjoy the wide variety of artwork and the live music performances. The afternoon was hosted by RAA's Mary Kelly, who also sang and accompanied her own sweet soprano voice on guitar. Gustavo Lucin, a fine visual artist participating in both exhibits, thrilled visitors with his beautiful guitar playing. Penelope Atheras, Janet Dever and Mary Kelly are again to be applauded for their delicious and attractive presentation of food at the reception.

Planet Animals:

Deadline for receipt of entries: Friday, May 4, 2007. Contact RAA or visit our website for prospectus and entry form.

Ellen Hoyt will be conducting a two session watercolor workshop on successive Fridays, June 15 and June 22, 2007, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The workshop takes place in sTudio 6 Gallery and outdoors, weather permitting. Participants may attend one or both classes.

Cost: $35 per session.

There is an additional $5 fee for any participants not able to bring their own supplies.

Supplies: watercolor paints, brushes, a can to hold water, 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (suggested).

Artists interested should register with the RAA office. Phone: 718 474-0861. Please register by June 8, 2007.

Please call Ellen regarding questions about supplies needed or details about the class. Phone: 718 338-7281.

Last week I enticed you to come experience the sensate pleasures in Of Land and Sea by giving you a soupcon of the works in the show. This week I whet your taste buds for The BIG Show. (I'm getting hungry.) The artwork in The BIG Show is just that - BIG. None is less than six (6) feet in dimension. Tall, long and/or wide. Appropriately, the show is presented in RAA's BIG gallery, sTudio 7.

With "La Barca," Gustavo Lucin has created a jewel-like painting of a "solitaire" boat set in an equally be-gemmed sea. In his cast aluminum "Sonnet" series, Benjamin Keating has cleverly and rhythmically shaped lines of poetry into lines of metal. He has succeeded in turning poetry into sculpture and sculpture into poetry. Susan Conrad's oil, "The Path," tempts the viewer into a luminous world that is, in part, paradise and in part...unknown journey. Apryl Green and Jan Nebozenko have wrought a kinetic miniature fun house of mirrors, light, kaleidoscopic colors, wood and electricity - a prismatic wonderland for young and old to enjoy.

Alice Waite's "Little Wing" is a fantasy of mauves, violets, an electric yellow sun, gentle creatures, cotton candy clouds and balloon planets. Geoff Rawling's whimsical sectioned mural is a three-dimensional artist's adventure through the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and characters from Alice in Wonderland… plus a few surprises . Ludmila Bokov turns craft into art in the expertly fabricated, multi-patterned "Contended Crazy Quilt." More about the artwork in Of Land and Sea and The BIG Show next week.

Jeff Berman is co-curating and participating in an exhibit of contemporary art for members of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club in Manhattan. This is the first member only contemporary exhibit in the club's history. The opening is May 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 47 5th Avenue off 12th Street. This show begins at the same time the traveling show returns. The traveling exhibit consists of the best work from the archives of the 145 year old Salmagundi. Due to the number of events at the club in mid May, Berman's May 20 lecture for the contemporary exhibit is postponed.

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