2007-05-25 / Community

RAA Presents 'Planet Animals'And 'Shannon Elliott'

"Grey's Window" by Mary Blair. Oil "Grey's Window" by Mary Blair. Oil The Rockaway Artists Alliance once again brings two new and diverse exhibitions to the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden with "Planet Animals" and "The Latest from Shannon Elliott." Both shows will run from June 2 to June 24 and share a gala welcoming reception on Sunday, June 3 from 1-3 p.m. Lively entertainment and refreshments will be offered and many artists will be on hand.

The RAA's four previous exhibitions have drawn record crowds and many first time visitors to the galleries.

With "Planet Animals," the RAA opens its sTudio 7 gallery doors to a menagerie of colorful creatures of every kind. Rendered in oils and acrylics, words and watercolor, stained glass and short film, photography, mixed media and more, this juried show includes animals in all forms and shades of expression. The roster of creature creations cover animals living, extinct and invented, and are all native to either land, air, sea or imagination.

Planet Animals invited artists of all stripes to "bring forth their artistic vision of animals both exotic and domestic, colored by all the mischief, mysticism, mystery and menace they encompass."

"Jelly Fish" by Susanne Rieth. Digital print "Jelly Fish" by Susanne Rieth. Digital print "Planet Animals" artists include Geoff Rawling, Vanessa Rieth, Susanne Rieth, Denis Macrae, Martha Killian, Marybeth Butler, Dan Guarino, Kevin Callaghan and many others.

The RAA will also celebrate this new show with a Pet Fashion Parade on Sunday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. Pets and even their owners are encouraged to dress to express in this unique fashion show. Interested entrants can call the RAA at 718-474-0861.

Meanwhile, the RAA's sTudio 6 gallery will host a one-of-a-kind one woman show, "The Latest from Shannon Elliott." Artist Shannon Elliott has exhibited her exquisite oil paintings extensively in the upstate New York area and in Rochester, where she is an Associate Professor of studio art and art education at Nazareth College. Using beguiling colors and deceptively simple images that seem to float in the clarity of a dream, Elliott creates a sometimes haunting world within the confines of her canvas. To stand and view her work in the flesh is to know the power of her painting.

"Blue Dress" by Shannon Elliott. Oil on canvas "Blue Dress" by Shannon Elliott. Oil on canvas Admission to both events is free and ample parking is available. Planet Animals and The Latest from Shannon Elliott are presented in partnership with the National Park Service/ Gateway National Recreation Area.

Gallery hours are Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.; Sundays, 104 p.m. and by appointment. For information call 718-474-0861, email rockart116@aol. com or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance. org.

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