2008-01-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

'Get Out Of Town' Comes Into Town
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"Pals In Conversation." Artist: Madeline Braisted. Medium: Photography "Pals In Conversation." Artist: Madeline Braisted. Medium: Photography
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The opening reception for "Get Out of Town" is this Sunday, January 20, 1- 3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery.

There will be live entertainment and refreshments.

Many of the artists will be on hand to add insight into their works. "Get" is an exhibit exploring the allure of travel and destinations outside of Rockaway.

Want a sneak peek? Read on.

Two of the fourteen artists participating in "Get Out of Town" are Madeline Braisted and M. Elliott Killian. Braisted followed the call to "get out of town" by getting "out" to Manhattan Island.

There, a beautiful super-sized planter containing a super-sized elephant ear plant caught her fancy. So, she photographed it. But the city wasn't enough. She needed a beach - an island other than Manhattan. Off to Long Island. But that didn't answer the call, either. Then, according to Braisted, "I went to Fire Island - that was it. This is where I spent a good part of my summer. Sunning, beaching, eating, beaching, eating, and oh yes, taking photos for my painting reference file."

Perhaps this writer's favorite captured moment in this file is "Pals in Conversation." The clarity of this simple composition reveals the sweet, simple truth of a special love affair.

Braisted is a Bayside resident who has exhibited extensively in Long Island City, Douglaston, Rockaway and other parts of Queens; Brooklyn, Long Island and Connecticut. She is a member of several artist organizations including RAA, Queens Council on the Arts, Flushing Council on the Arts and National Art League, for whom she has also served as a board member. Her work is in many private collections.

Braisted has been an art instructor, and created and designed a variety of promotional and advertising material and playbills for off-off Broadway theater productions.

This versatile artist works in various mediums including oil, watercolor and photography.

M. Elliott Killian is one of RAA's premier watercolorists, who has more recently developed her skill with photography.

In 1995, she visited Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, and photographed this popular travel destination. However, it was not until 2007 that she painted it, proving that, sometimes, art takes a little time to percolate. The watercolors "Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia" and "Peggy's Cove Lighthouse" grace the walls of "Get Out of Town."

If you can't get enough of "Get Out of Town" on Sunday, the show is on view January 19-February 17, 2008.

Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

The 16th annual Outsider Art Fair will be presented January 25 - 27 at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, corner of Houston Street in Soho. The fair contains much that is exciting and eye-opening. Though definitions of outsider art vary, generally these are artists who are self-taught, intuitive and well off the beaten path. The Outsider Art Fair has created a spotlight for these artists.

Some have been in prison or mental institutions. Others have taken crafting skills learned at their "mother's knee" to new and higher levels. Their backgrounds are as wide-ranging as their art, much of which is worth seeing.

Each year the fair displays new, fresh talent, and exhibitors that are new to the fair. The Fischer Kunsthandel and Edition from Berlin is an example. They join thirty-two international dealers returning to the fair. Many were pioneers in these collections. Galerie St. Etienne discovered Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses.

A preview on January 24 benefits the American Folk Art Museum. It kicks off a week of special events. For more information, including hours, ticket prices and event details, visit: www.sanfordsmith.com or call 212- 777-5218.


OPENING RECEPTION for "GET OUT OF TOWN": Sunday, January 20, 1-3 p.m. Free admission to reception and exhibit. Locales and travel beyond Rockaway are explored. Exhibition dates: January 19- February 17, 2008. sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA.

(FREE) THURSDAY OPEN MIC MUSIC NIGHTS: Every Thursday at 7 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA. Call the RAA office to schedule your spot at the mic.

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

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

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