2007-06-01 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Two Exhibits Open This Weekend At RoCA
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Two Exhibits Open This Weekend At RoCA

"Equus Coballas, " Artist: Penelope Atheras. Medium: Stained Glass."Equus Coballas, " Artist: Penelope Atheras. Medium: Stained Glass.

RAA contact info: Phone: 718 474-0861; Fax: 718 474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com;

Next RAA Exhibitions: Saturday, June 2-Sunday, June 24. Planet Animals. sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). More below about this show.

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

Opening reception for both shows: Sunday, June 3, 1-3 p.m. Live entertainment and refreshments.

Free admission to reception and exhibits. Gallery hours for both shows: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Celebrate Planet Animals with a Pet Fashion Parade on Sunday June 10 from 1-3 p.m. Pets (and their families, if they like) are encouraged to dress to express themselves in this unique fashion show.

In the words of Dan Guarino, "Meerkats, marsupials and mollusks are all invited to put on the dog for a fun afternoon."

Interested? Entrants can call the RAA office at 718-474-0861.

There is a $5 entrance fee.

Ellen Hoyt will be conducting a two session watercolor workshop on successive Fridays, June 15 and June 22, 2007, from 10a.m. to 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. Please call Ellen regarding questions about supplies needed or details about the class. Phone: 718-338-7281.

Planet Animals gallops, flies, creeps, crawls, hops and floats into sTudio 7 Gallery this weekend. It explores the beauty and individual grandeur of the creatures with whom we co-inhabit our planet, and the special relationships we have with them. The striking "Equus," by Penelope Atheras, is a stained glass rendering of the head of a horse. In its angular lines and strong colors it embodies the qualities we most admire in that animal - power, elegance and grace. In his distinctively unique art, Martin Dominquez Ball creates ink-on-wood designs that reflect his varied background. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Ball is an expert woodworker and a guitarist. A self-taught visual artist, his sculptures and wall pieces are both primitive and contemporary .In "Swans" he has created a dazzling array of ink marks and patterns, clearly influenced by Uruguayan folk art. The wooden body of a guitar on which he has placed these marks is, itself, a design of elegance and sensuality.

It is good to see the work of Kevin Callaghan back in an RAA exhibition. I have missed it. An environmentalist as well as a fine painter, in "Untitled" Callaghan expresses the grace of an egret in the Rockaway marsh setting so beloved by the artist. Stephen S. Yaeger is an artist familiar to Rockaway through, among other things, his column Drawing on Science in The Wave. Though Yaeger's art encompasses a variety of subjects, it is when we look at his images of animals and nature, in a range of mediums, that we see the best of this artist. The work is fed by his intimacy of understanding and respect for nature, and by the delicate touch of a fine artist.

This is just a taste of the work of the twenty-five artists in Planet Animals. More in coming weeks, including a tantalizing short film, Of Mouse and Man, about the humorous battle between a man and the small yet infuriating creature that has invaded his apartment. Though the show has closed, I want to make note of the Rockaway Theatre Company's production of Oliver. Congratulations to director Kathy Valentine and the entire cast, crew and Production Company for creating a most enjoyable evening. I look forward to South Pacific, directed by John Gilleece, to run in July.

It is with great sadness that I report of the death of Joseph John Grillo, father of RAA photographer and board member, John J. Grillo. The family writes, [He] "fought a silent and dignified battle. His courage was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a loving husband, caring father and generous grandfather….The goodness in him lives on in his children and grandchildren."

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