2007-05-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Endings And Beginnings
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Endings And Beginnings

Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein

"Edge Of The Forest." Artist: M. Elliott Killian. Medium:  Watercolor
"Edge Of The Forest." Artist: M. Elliott Killian. Medium: Watercolor RAA contact info: Phone: 718 474-0861; Fax: 718 474-4373; e-mail: rock art116@aol.com; website: www.roc kaw ayartistsalliance.org

Last weekend to see: RAA Exhibitions on View through May 20: Of Land and Sea: sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) The natural world interpreted in its many aspects, in many art mediums.

The BIG Show: sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, RoCA. The long and the short of it is - large works that make their impressive statements with at least 6 foot dimensions. Gallery hours for both shows: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Admission: Free

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.

Next RAA Exhibitions: Saturday, June 2-Sunday, June 24. Planet Animals. sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, RoCA.

The Latest from Shannon Elliott . A solo show featuring the most recent works of this upstate artist. sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, RoCA.

Opening reception for both shows: Sunday, June 10, 1-3 p.m.

Pet Fashion Parade: Sunday, June 10, 1-3 p.m. Watch this column for further details.

Watercolor Class Reminder: Ellen Hoyt will be conducting a two session watercolor workshop on successive Fridays, June 15 and June 22, 2007, from 10a.m. - 2p.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.

Ellen Hoyt displays her expertise with the watercolor medium in two paintings she is displaying in Of Land and Sea, "Breezy from the Beach I" and "Breezy from the Beach II." She captures the freedom and joyful spirit of her subject through use of loose brushstrokes and white space (the white of the paper) in a way that allows the images to 'breathe.' In the same show, watercolorist M. Elliott Killian further demonstrates the range of possibilities of the medium, exploring the gentle quiet of "The Edge of the Forest" and the power and roar of "Rough Surf."

Hoyt's work can also be seen, along with those of several RAA members in the latest BWAC show, Connections , now on view through June 17 from 1-6 p.m. on weekends at 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Admission is free. The large gallery building holds hundreds of pieces of art in a wide variety of mediums, and is located on a pier in the scenic New York harbor. Visit: bwac.org. Check out online the restaurants in and around Red Hook, an up and coming part of NYC. A restaurant I can personally recommend is The Good Fork at 391 Van Brunt Street. Participating RAA members include: James Cantirino, Christina Jorge, Christian Le Gars, Jonas Mlenak, Renée Radenberg, Geoff Rawling, John Russo and Jessica Schulman. The First Annual Brooklyn Crafts Festival in Red Hook is on view on the pier, concurrent to Connections.

Thanks to Renée Radenberg for her very interesting talk and slide show on the making of and history of mobiles given at the last RAA general meeting.

Versatile artist Yuri Yurov is now fabricating etched marble for sale. The Y.Y.Y Decor website states: "We specialize in creating fine handcrafted etched marble tiles for decorating your home or business. Each tile is individually made; no two are completely alike." If you are interested in investigating the latest artistic venture of Yurov's, you can visit: www.yyydecor. com.

As of this writing, I have not as yet seen the Rockaway Theatre Company's production of "Oliver." However, the adjectives I have been hearing include "amazing" and "beautiful." I also understand the cast has received standing ovations each night. This is the final weekend to see the show. Remaining performances are May 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m. For tickets: call 718-850-2450. RTC's next production is Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, July 6, 7; 13, 14; 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m. and July 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Director: John Gilleece, Musical Director: Walter Birkhold.

CU@RoCA.

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