2007-09-28 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Past, Present And Future
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein Rockaway Artists Alliance

"Secret Thoughts," sculpture in Italian alabaster by Penelope Atheras, presently on exhibit in ARTSPLASH 2007 in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Photo courtesy of John Grillo. "Secret Thoughts," sculpture in Italian alabaster by Penelope Atheras, presently on exhibit in ARTSPLASH 2007 in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Photo courtesy of John Grillo. RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718- 474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

TWO EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW @RAA through October 7, 2007:

ARTSPLASH 2007: RAA's annual juried, multimedia cultural event presents a wide variety of visual, literary and performing artists. Location: sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Fort Tilden, Queens.

QCA's PROJECT DIVERSITY QUEENS EXHIBIT: "Town and Country": Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities.

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.

Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA).

Gallery hours for both exhibits: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m.

GALLERY SITTER'S EVENT: Sunday, Sept 30 - Poetry reading with Shirly Holt and open mic. Location: sTudio 7 Gallery, 1-4 p.m.

If you are interested in reading, please call RAA office to confirm: 718- 474-0861.

NEXT ON EXHIBIT: "Robert Sarnoff Retrospective," October 13-November 4 in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA.

Opening reception: Sunday, October 14, 1-4 p.m. The artist/playwright/ filmmaker/ editorial cartoonist for The Wave newspaper displays artworks from his long and varied creative career. They range from iconic images of Rockaway to abstract compositions. They include paintings, cartoons (encapsulating and commenting on this country's and this community's recent history), portraits and films. They reveal the journey of a man, an artist of many talents, and the community with which he has had a long-term love affair.

Each weekend, Sarnoff will screen one of his highly regarded movies, all of which are about Rockaway. They include the award-winning, "No Rooms Lobby". Discussions will follow. Sarnoff has written many instructional books and articles and created the cachet stamp and matted print, Rockaway's "Ye Olde Jetty."

All will be available for signings.

More next week about this interesting artist and his one-man show.

CALL TO ARTISTS REMINDER: With the first hints of spicy-smelling leaves in the air, can "Gifted 2007: A Member Group Show" be far behind? Deadline for receipt of entries: October 4, 2007. Jury notification: October 8.

Exhibition dates: November 18- December 16. Opening reception: November 18.

RAA members are invited to submit work from all types of 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.

All will be considered.

Performing artist participants will form the framework of special events.

Not an RAA member? Bad news. Good news: only $25 for one year of membership.

For details and additional information, please contact RAA. Contact information: see above downloadable prospectus, entry form and membership application: www.rockawayartistsalliance. org.

TWO ADULT CLASSES: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PAINTING: Instructor - Geoff Rawling. Location - sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden.

Contact RAA office for details. Tuesdays nights: 7-9 p.m. Thursday mornings: 10 a.m.-12 noon

ARTSPLASH CLOSE-UPS: Incorporating grace, strength, and the poetry of the human body, Penelope Atheras' "Secret Thoughts" is sculpted in translucent Italian alabaster. So expertly done, the figure of a female nude appears to emerge from and return back into the block of the luscious medium from which it is carved. Atheras has used the grain of the alabaster to enhance the sensuality and flow of motion of her work. In "Winning Athlete," also sculpted in Italian alabaster, Atheras translates into palpable form, the exhaustion and resolve of a spent, yet triumphant competitor.

Through the delicacy of glazing and the expert use of the properties of her medium, Rockaway watercolorist M. Elliott Killian captures the special qualities of the seaside community she inhabits. "On Duty" was awarded Best Watercolor of ARTSPLASH 2007. In "Taking Off," Broad Channel photographer "Birdman" Denis Macrae, allows others to see the extraordinary and fleeting beauty of an egret taking flight, frozen into a kind of ephemeral permanence. The image was named Best Photograph in the exhibition.

Best of Show went to Gabrielle Mangano's "Joey Was Here." The photograph is tightly composed, and set in a realistic interior. Yet the scene has been transformed into a dream-like world of black and white, light and shadow. Unsettling. Compelling.

AT THE POST THEATER IN FORT TILDEN: "Rockaway Café: An RTC 10th Anniversary Musical Salute."

Some of the best numbers from several of the great musicals produced by the Rockaway Theatre Company in its 10-year history. Remaining performance dates: September 28, 29 at 8 p.m.; September 30 at 5 p.m.

For tickets and other information: 718- 850-2450.

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