2007-06-29 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Summer Nights, Cool Breezes and Cool Art
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Summer Nights, Cool Breezes and Cool Art

Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein

The band Sixthboro performing at our SUMMER Solstice 2007 event.The band Sixthboro performing at our SUMMER Solstice 2007 event.

RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.roc kawayartistsalliance.org.

TWO CALLS 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), Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens, New York. Eligibility: ARTSPLASH 2007 is open to all media, including but not limited to, 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 be featured in special events, both indoor and outdoor.

Deadline for receipt of entries: July 25, 2007. Dates: September 8-October 7, 2007. Opening reception: September 16, 2007.

GIFTED 2007: RAA'S ANNUAL MEMBER GROUP SHOW:

Location: sTudio 6 at Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens, New York.

Eligibility: Open to RAA membership only (membership is $25). Work may be submitted from all types of media, including but not limited to, 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.

Deadline for receipt of entries: October 4, 2007. Dates: November 18-December 16, 2007. Opening reception: November 18, 2007.

For both shows: For details and additional information please contact RAA: 718-474-0861; Rockart116@aol.com. Full prospectuses and entry forms may be downloaded from: www.rocka wayartistsalliance.org.

THE SUMMER MOONS FREE CONCERT/ENTERTAINMENT SERIES:

Mark every Thursday evening on your calendar through August 30. This popular, lively outdoor series stars a diversity of great bands and the breezy, sparkling cooooooooool Rockaway nights. Concerts start at 7 p.m., and with the indoor stage in sTudio 7, they go on, rain or shine. Bring the family, beach chairs and/or blankets (some seating is available if you get there early enough) and your favorite cool drinks to RAA's outdoor Rockaway Moon Stage. July 5: The Kings, The John Lepore Band, and special guests (I'm intrigued). July 12: Seaside SongFest - James McKay (RAA board member and former member of The Flamingos, who are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) and friends do, do, do Doo Wop and other 50's vocal music.

Thanks to the bands and visitors to the Summer Solstice concert that kicked off this series. The rains came, but the bands played on in sTudio 7 where participants also enjoyed the artwork of "Planet Animals."

TWO GREAT IDEAS FOR SUMMER ART VIEWING AND PARTICIPATION:

Combine great art with great food. "Lines in the Sand: The Chairs of Bagno Maria," an exhibit of painterly photographs by Christina Jorge, is presently on view through the summer at Joya Restaurant in Brooklyn. These timeless yet contemporary images transport the viewer to the summer Tuscan beach on which they were photographed. They capture the beauty and power of the vibrant colors and strong designs, angles and lines of the beach chairs of Bagno Maria in Italy. If you missed this exhibit when it first appeared in RAA's sTudio 6 Gallery last June, you can catch it now at Joya. If you saw it before, you can take renewed pleasure in these gorgeous images. "Lines in the Sand" is a perfect summer complement to the terrific Thai cuisine at reasonable prices to be found at Joya Restaurant. The large formatted photographs, which are c-prints, are of crystal clarity and highest quality, and are shown in floating gallery Plexiglas, adding to their clarity and immediacy. So stop in at Joya at 215 Court Street between Wyckoff and Warren Streets. Outdoor seating is available. For information: 718-222-3484. Hours: Monday 5-11 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 12 noon-11 p.m., Friday/Saturday 12 noon-12 a.m., Sunday 12 noon-11 p.m.

Wave Hill is a stunning cultural institution in the northwest Bronx. Its gardens, woodlands, greenhouses and breathtaking views can inspire any artist. It is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. As such, Wave Hill offers programs and workshops in the arts and sciences for children and adults, concerts and other cultural events. Examples: On view through August 26 is a group exhibition of work by contemporary artists, inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, titled "Thoreau Reconsidered." "Digital Photography: Light and Shadow" is a workshop (one of a series) to be given starting on July 1, in which participants will walk through Wave Hill's woodlands while learning techniques of exposure, lighting and composition from photographer Marisol Diaz. Visit: www.wavehill.org to find out more information on how to spend a wonderful summer's day in a very special place. Phone: 718-549-3200.

CU...AROUND.

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