2007-06-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Final Weekend For Two Exhibits And A Call For The Next To Come Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Final Weekend For Two Exhibits And A Call For The Next To Come
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by Susan Hartenstein
RAA contact info:
Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org .

Final Weekend to see two RAA Exhibitions, on view through Sunday, June 24
Planet Animals: sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). The Recent Work of Shannon Elliott: A solo show featuring the most recent works of this widely exhibited upstate artist. sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, RoCA. Free admission. Gallery hours for both shows: Saturdays, 12-4 p.m., Sundays, 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Of Mouse and Man is a very entertaining short film on view at Planet Animals. It is the tale (or should I say tail) of the obsessive, desperate battle of wits between an apartment dweller and the very clever little creature that inhabits his apartment, uninvited. Collaborating under the title of Stolen Coffee Films, Vanessa Rieth is the producer and Matthew Sullivan is the writer, director and editor. Of Mouse and Man is told in pantomime, without words and with an original music soundtrack by composer Joseph Zuzel, which perfectly sets the tone of the action. Rurik Petersen is the talented, physically adept actor who plays the human protagonist. Sullivan's intention was to set this somewhat "autobiographical" story as a film with the sense of a cartoon, but translated into live action. He states, "Cartoons have a magical way of making you laugh, yet they possess subtle insights about life." The film is humorous, wonderfully absurd and almost as clever as the mouse. The ending is sweet, subtle, funny and very satisfying. So be sure to click on the DVD player when you enter sTudio 7 Gallery. And watch out for the mouse.
Once you have seen Of Mouse and Man, continue along the exhibit to see the other fascinating critters on display, only through this weekend, in Planet Animals. Among them are the strange, interesting mixed-media works by Thilde Weems, which are intended to explore the human-animal connection. Animals in human attire exist in imaginary habitats of math, numbers and planets. The self-contained framing Weems has created heightens the viewer's focus and concentration inside these worlds.
In a completely different vein, Maryann McEvoy displays her charming and beautiful quilt piece, "Frog and Fly in Fern." Dan Guarino multi-mediates with his poetry and his sensitive, sweet photographs of a variety of animals.
Be sure to also view Shannon Elliott's marvelous oil paintings in her one-woman show, The Recent Work of Shannon Elliott, in sTudio 6 Gallery.
CALL TO ARTISTS:
ARTSPLASH 2007: RAA's annual juried multi-media cultural event is a major showcase for visual, literary and performing artists from all over the country, in an exciting variety of disciplines. The artwork and performers in ARTSPLASH fill sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries, the outdoor sculpture garden and the indoor and outdoor stages at the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden.
Eligibility: ARTSPLASH 2007 is open to all media including sculpture, photography, painting, watercolor, fiber and textile arts, dance, kinetic art, digital works, installation, video, film, audio CD, poetry, ceramics, music, theater, spoken word and performance. Performing artist participants will form the framework of special events, both indoor and outdoor.
Dates: September 8-October 7, 2007
Opening reception: September 16, 2007.
Deadline for receipt of entries: July 25, 2007. For details and additional information please contact RAA: 718-474-0861; Rockart116@aol.com



"Turtle," by Dan Guarino, Photography. This work appears in Planet Animals now on view at sTudio 7, RoCA in Ft Tilden.
"Turtle," by Dan Guarino, Photography. This work appears in Planet Animals now on view at sTudio 7, RoCA in Ft Tilden.

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