2008-02-08 / Community

From The Artists Studio

'A Little Hope' Can Paint A Big Picture
by Susan Hartenstein


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"Get Out of Town" Spotlights:

Mary Meade's oil and acrylic paintings in this exhibition take us to Alaska, upstate New York and to Nova Scotia. Interestingly, Meade visits Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, as do Martha Killian's "Get Out of Town" watercolors. How fascinating to see each artist's unique vision and style interpreting the same location, in very different mediums. You read about the Killian watercolors in a previous column. What took my breath away in Meade's "Lobster Traps, Peggy's Cove" was the extraordinary light she brings to it - a light that seems to radiate from the painting itself.

The photographs of Stephanie Volovar Sautner transport her audience to Italy and the Dominican Republic. But her images do not focus on scenic views. As she expresses it, she likes to "move in" [with her camera]. Her concentration is on the individual, almost symbolic, objects of that culture (a bottle of Levissma, for example); the interplay of their shapes, colors and of the play of light. What the viewer comes away with is a sense, a taste, of the country, as well as an underlying abstracted universality.

Sautner is a talented writer, as well as being a photographer. She states, "I have enjoyed taking photographs since receiving my first camera as a gift in 1976. It is this old camera that is responsible for some of the travel photographs collected over the years."

Two RAA artists are participants in New York University's prestigious 41st annual Small Works exhibit. Sculptor/ photographer/painter Christina Jorge's miniature portrait of Barack Obama, "A Little Hope," is a timely gem rendered in acrylic on a 2-inch by 2-inch stretch canvas. This is the second year in a row that Jorge's work has been selected for the exhibition. Her sculptures, paintings and photographs have been part of exhibits across the United States, including her solo show, "Lines in the Sand," at sTudio 6 Gallery. She is former vice president of RAA and was its Education Program Director.

Jeanette Israel, a student of RAA president Geoff Rawling, created "Beach Day" in acrylic on canvas. This contemporary painting pictures two girls in period dress with bonnets, playing in the sand. Inspiration for the piece came from the artist's granddaughters. Based on an image Israel saw on the Internet some time ago, the work was triggered by an idea suggested by Rawling in his class. Israel painted when she was younger, but the demands of work and raising a family eventually took precedent. After she retired, her husband declared, "Now it's your turn." Today, her art graces the walls of her home. She is thrilled to have been chosen for the Small Works show, and is very grateful to RAA for helping to re-open the creative door. Jeanette Israel affirms that dreams do come true.

Works in the show were juried from a national and international field of submissions. The exhibit is on view at the 80 Washington Square East Galleries through March 14, 2008. The gallery is located between Washington Place and West 4 Street. For inquiries, call 212 998-6782.

Photo credits for the images of the "Get Out of Town" reception seen in the January 25 issue of The Wave go to Jessica Schulman. Thank you, Jesse.

RAA's star saxophonist, Joe Rothenberg, attracted a large turnout for his January 27 Gallery Sitter's Event, in which he entertained the responsive crowd with great jazz standards like "Body and Soul." Go Joe!

Wurtsboro Reminder: The annual RAAWurtsboro Adventure takes place this year on the weekend of March 8, 9 and 10. RAA is invited to present its own exhibit, music and poetry in the new gallery space of the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, in this scenic upstate setting. Please contact RAA ASAP if you are interested in participating.

CU@RoCA. FORT TILDEN HIGHLIGHTS:

"GET OUT OF TOWN": Locales and travel beyond Rockaway are explored. Exhibition dates: January 19-February 17, 2008. sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission free.

(FREE) THURSDAY OPEN MIC MUSIC NIGHTS: Every Thursday at 7 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA. To this great night of music and friendships add drawing: join other artists drawing on their imaginations and on one huge sheet of paper. 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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