2007-08-31 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Two Exhibits To Run Concurrently At RoCA At Fort Tilden
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Two Exhibits To Run Concurrently At RoCA At Fort Tilden

RAA Contact Info: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718- 474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

"Doggie," by Casey Brouder. Papier maché. "Doggie," by Casey Brouder. Papier maché. Two Exhibitions Concurrently On View @RAA: Sunday, September 9-October 7, 2007:

Artsplash 2007: RAA's annual juried, multimedia cultural event is a major showcase for a full spectrum of visual, literary and performing artists. Location: sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Fort Tilden, Queens. Special performance events will be presented on the stages of RAA during the run of the exhibition.

QCA's Project Diversity Queens Exhibit: "Town and Country": Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Fort Tilden, Queens.

Opening Reception For Both Exhibits: Sunday, September 9, 2007, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA. Free admission to exhibitions and reception. Gallery hours for both exhibits: Saturdays 12- 4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Project Diversity Queens showcases the dynamic multicultural style of our borough. Organized by Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), in partnership with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the multimedia art exhibit features 87 artists at 13 Queens galleries. RAA's sTudio 6 has been selected as one of the host galleries, allowing the residents of our peninsula and the other visitors to our galleries to explore the wide range of talent of artists who live and work across our vast borough.

Project Diversity Queens exhibitions, art parties and family art workshops run through November at other venues in Queens. For a full schedule of these events visit: queenscouncilarts.org.

And, speaking of diverse, ARTSPLASH presents the intriguing, alluring work of artists from across the New York area, ranging from the deliciously sensual flow of a torso formed from raspberry alabaster by Brian Molter, to the papier maché sculpture by Casey Brouder of "Doggie," a pooch you may not want in your family room, but you will certainly want on your side; from the beautifully evocative watercolor naturescapes of Ellen Hoyt,

to the seemingly photoreal, yet stylized, urban oils of Maria Jimenez; from titles like photographer Paul Lurrie's "Godzilla Learns to Use Disguise," to Shirly Holt's poem/collage/ watercolor, "Dog Boy - A Wolf?" And then there's Eric Johnstone's "Fort Tilden," fabricated from rusted metal and rivets. Along the way there are photographs, paintings and sculptures in a variety of mediums that interpret, represent and illuminate the world we see and the worlds we think we see.

ARTSPLASH 2007 is only a little more than a week away. Mark your calendars now.

ARTSPLASH 2007 is presented by RAA in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area. It is supported by JP Morgan Chase, The Independence Community Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and is sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

Generous support for Project Diversity Queens was provided by Con Edison, Queens Council on the Arts, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, The New York Times Community Affairs, Bloomberg LP and The Independence Community Foundation.

Heads Up! Calls To Artists: The First 3 RAA Exhibits Of The 2008 Season:

"Get Out of Town": Go! RAA invites artists working in all media to submit their farthest-flung works for this exhibition. Scheduled to open against the backdrop of winter, this showcase will take the viewer away to destinations far and wide, as rendered through the artist's personal perspective. Subjects may include any locale outside the Rockaways. Media may include painting, drawing, mixed media, film, photography, digital art, postcard and advertisement art, literature, watercolor, sculpture, textile arts, poetry and more.

Exhibition dates: January 19, 2008- February 17, 2008. Deadline for receipt of submissions: December 12, 2007.

"Structure": Casting a spotlight on architecture, buildings, bridges and anything man-made, the exhibition is open to all media. This includes but is not limited to: drawing, sculpture, installation, collage, photography, lit- erary work, video and film, painting, design sketches, tactile art and more. From the grandest to the humble, "Structure" seeks to bring out the art in what is all around us.

Exhibition dates: March 8, 2008-March 30, 2008. Deadline for receipt of submissions: February 7, 2008.

"Of Women": Open to all women artists who are RAA members or who have previously exhibited with RAA. The exhibition is open to all mediums without limitation and seeks to bring the viewer into the unique world of women in all their aspects, intonations and hues. Subjects should include images of women, and may highlight mother and child. (The show will run over Mother's Day.) Media may include: photography, painting, textile arts, poetry, music, sculpture, video/film, watercolor, drawing, digital art and more. Exhibition dates: April 19, 2008-May 18, 2008. Deadline for receipt of submissions: March 26, 2008


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