2008-02-29 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

The Opening Of 'Structure'
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"No. 1," by Ludmila Vaynberg. Medium, watercolor. "No. 1," by Ludmila Vaynberg. Medium, watercolor.
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Stone fortresses standing in ancient vigil. Sleek candles of glass and steel, giant striving testaments of modernity. Hollow, peeling hulks through which echo the ghostly cadences of long-gone soldiers and the tumult of the salty nearby sea.

Bridges and buildings; aqueducts and arches; castles; lighthouses and greenhouses; boats, docks and piers. Structures of all kinds. Rockaway, New York City and around the world. Structures conceived to enclose, house, protect, transport, entrap and set free.

"Structure" reveals the beauty, blemishes, grace, poetry and drama of humanity's constructions.

Ultimately, "Structure" reflects the strengths, aspirations and weaknesses of those who created the forms and of those artists who re-create and interpret them.

In watercolor on paper, and with breathtaking skill, Ludmila Vaynberg's "No. 1" brings to life the crystalline light and grandeur of a domed glass building. In oil, Dave Taft, an artist and scientist/ naturalist, places simple, small structures in their green landscape environments that dominate the area within the canvas. It is a gentle and beautiful clarification that man-made structures are never more important than the natural world in which they co-exist.

The opening reception for "Structure" is Sunday, March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Vaynberg and Taft, and many of the other artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Refreshments and live entertainment fill the afternoon.

"Structure" is on view from Saturday, March 8 through Sunday, March 30. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free to the reception, exhibition and special events. For further information, contact the RAA office. Contact information can be found at the beginning of the column.

Norma Allende, a former board member of RAA, will present her art at an "Exhibition of Small Works." The reception for the solo show is Monday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the SGI-USA Queens Community Center, 112-25 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Live music will performed by pianist David Bennett Cohen.

The exhibit is on view through March. For further information you may call 718-261-8145. Allende writes, "I have an eternal love affair with clay. I have tried many different media for my sculptures, but there is something special about clay. It surrenders to the touch in a natural and sensual way.

There is nothing between one's hands and the material."

Congratulations to Robert Sarnoff, whose short film, "Dispatch," is an Official Selection at the 2008 Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival. It has been nominated for Best Docu-Drama.

CU@RoCA. FORT TILDEN HIGHLIGHTS:

OPENING RECEPTION - NEW EXHIBIT: Sunday, March 9, 1-3 p.m., sTudio 6, RoCA.

"STRUCTURE" explores the artistic nature of architecture, buildings, bridges and anything man-made. Exhibition dates: March 8 - March 30. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.

NEW ART CLASS: LIFE DRAWING with live model. Every Thursday, 8-10 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Fee: $20 per class. No pre-registration necessary. Instructor: Geoff Rawling (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.

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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