2007-11-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Title: "Yellow Rose." Artist: Dan Guarino. Medium: Photography. One of the works on view in 'Gifted 2007 at sTudio 6 in Fort Tilden. Title: "Yellow Rose." Artist: Dan Guarino. Medium: Photography. One of the works on view in 'Gifted 2007 at sTudio 6 in Fort Tilden. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Thirty artists participate in this year's "Gifted" member holiday exhibition. Some will be familiar to those who have enjoyed their work in previous RAA shows. Others are new to present in our galleries.

• Breezy Point resident Joan Boudreault is a new member who is a poet and photographer. She frequently uses both skills to create a single work of art. Boudreault superimposes a poem over a photograph, each enhancing and reinforcing the impact and meaning of the other. At times, the photograph stands alone. "BP Ice Storm" presents the ethereal delicacy of a winter beach's ice-covered, wind-bent grasses, like the figurines in a glass menagerie.

• In a manner reminiscent of the Northern Lights, Madeline Braisted's watercolor "Winter Pond" frames the warm and cool colors that make the season anything but barren and void. With driftwood and braided wire, Eric Johnstone expresses the dynamic duality of a wing in flight - its light, airy, feathered movement and its strength.

RAA's man of a thousand talents, Dan Guarino, displays photographs and poems. "Yellow Rose" sets that flower's bright elegance against the curving folds of a richly blue drape.

• Come see these and many other works in "Gifted." The opening reception is this Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA@ Fort Tilden.

There will be refreshments and live entertainment will be provided by singer/musician Dan Guarino, who will also read his poetry. In addition, the poems of Joan Boudrault will be read. Many of the artists will be present.

Admission is free.

Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m., and by appointment. "Gifted" is on view through December 16.

• Dan Guarino and his wife, columnist Liz Guarino, have just finished writing a book, which is now in production.

Filled with vintage pictures and lively text, it tells the story of an area we all know, an area right around here. It had nightclubs, hotels, well-known restaurants, dance halls, an outdoor movie house and even speakeasies during Prohibition.

Thousands of tourists flocked here. Famous names came to enjoy the shows, race their boats, splash at the beaches and even entertain here. It even had its own airstrip. And yet, before the 1880's, it was only reachable by boat and had no roads or bridges connecting it to the mainland till the 1920's.

• You guessed it.

It was Broad Channel. Intrigued? Want to know more? The book is "Images of America: Broad Channel," from Arcadia Publishing (arcadiapublishing. com), and is due out this Spring, 2008.

• Nominations for the RAA Board of Directors continued at the November 12 general meeting. The election takes place at the December general meeting/ holiday party. Only paid 2007 members may vote. If you wish to learn names of the nominees, how to add names and more about the voting process, and/or wish to volunteer for the elections committee, please e-mail committee chairman, John Grillo, c/o the RAA office: rockart116@aol.com.

• This is the final weekend to see "Inspecting Carol," the side-splitting farce at the Rockaway Theatre Company's Post Theater in Fort Tilden. The wonderful directing team of Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka lead an incredible cast of actors that includes David Risley, Susan Corning, James Francis, Jai Sada, Lori Santopetro, Robert Fahn, Chazmond J. Peacock, Helen Berman, Catherine McEntee, Steven Peithman, Nicholas Compagnone, Robert Press and the incomparable T.B. Announced. Co-director Page says that "working with the

créme des RTC actors' has been an uplifting experience." Page shares credit for getting a show of this complexity together in five weeks with the great set-building team led by Tony Homsey, costumier Peggy Vivino, expert sound effects man Tony Cuccia, Stage Manager Eileen Farrell and the many others responsible for making this production as good as it is. Of course, I can't mention them all. Clearly, the only solution is for you to go see "Inspecting Carol" so you can read those names in the program. Remaining performances: November 16, 17 @ 8 p.m.

Tickets: 718-850-2450. Have a luscious and loving Thanksgiving! FORT TILDEN HIGHLIGHTS:

OPENING RECEPTION for "GIFTED 2007," RAA's annual member holiday show: Sunday, November 18, 1-3 p.m., sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden.

(FREE) THURSDAY OPEN MIC MUSIC NIGHTS: Every Thursday at 7 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA

(FREE) FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV: Every Friday Night in sTudio 7, the improv group "No Shame Theater" performs and invites audience members to join in.

MUSIC VIDEO/DANCE MIX, LIVE MUSIC: Featuring DJ/VJ Chumley Twist - 8 p.m. in sTudio 7. Contact RAA for details.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tuesday nights, 7-9 p.m., $15 per class, supplies included. Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, $15 per class, supplies included. Instructor: Geoff Rawling

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