2008-03-14 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Calls To Artists
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"Refuge," stained glass artwork by Penelope Atheras, appears in the exhibition "Structure," at sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden, through April 6. Photo by Jessica Schulman "Refuge," stained glass artwork by Penelope Atheras, appears in the exhibition "Structure," at sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden, through April 6. Photo by Jessica Schulman
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NOTE THE EXTENSION OF EXHIBITION DATES: "Structure" has been extended through April 6.

Kudos and thanks to all who made the opening reception of "Structure" a success. They include the talented folks of the Exhibitions Committee who prepared the food and the gallery space; Joe Rothenberg and his magic sax, who entertained throughout the afternoon; and the intelligent, sophisticated, cultured and warm people who attended the event. Jurors for "Structure" included Tommy Burke, Janet Dever and Maryann McEvoy.

"Structure Spotlight: It is always a pleasure to see an RAA exhibition graced with the artwork of Penelope Atheras. Two of Atheras' stained glass works appear in "Structure." She uses stained glass the way a great poet uses language. She has an instinctive feel for the properties of glass and is able to use the unique characteristics of each piece to tell the story only it can tell. Just as Emily Dickinson chooses the exact word to build the exact image, carrying the precise idea only that word or combination of words will evoke. For "Refuge," a work, in part, inspired by the cathedrals of Spain, the artist has chosen glass for the roof and oriented it in such a way that its patterns and colors create the look of an aging, rain-soaked top of a magnificent house of worship and of spiritual solace. Atheras is an artist and inventive craftsperson of many talents. Mimicking the structures of the pyramids, she created a triangularly structured base for her work to re-enforce its strength. Atheras also did the wiring for the interior lighting of "Refuge," and constructed the strong hinges of its front doors. When you come see "Structure" you will wish to spend time with "Refuge." It is a magnificent work whose beauty, artistic precision and creative, spiritual inspiration are evident from every angle and in each aspect.

The final wayward needles of the Christmas trees have been swept away from under the couch; the groundhog saw his shadow (or did he?); the aroma of humentaschen are in the air; and the Easter Bunny is beginning to wiggle his nose. It is, therefore, past time for RAA members to pay their dues. Whether you are already a member or are contemplating joining, consider the advantages of membership:

• RAA is a large organization of artists, from a wide variety of visual, literary and performing disciplines, with whom you can network and from whom you can learn. Your dues are essential in supporting this organization.

• Monthly meetings and frequent gatherings provide opportunities to intermingle and share the camaraderie of membership.

• Dues are integral to supporting RAA's gallery openings and exhibits; live music and performance events; the informative RAA website; adult, children's and senior art and education programs; picnics; holiday parties; annual Halloween extravaganza, all of which serve our entire community. Be a part of something important.

• Members pay discounted entry fees to exhibitions.

• Member may participate in member group shows.

• Members enjoy a 10 percent discount on art supplies at Rogoff's and a 20 percent discount on purchases over $100.

• Members receive the weekly RAA E-Newsletter, informing them of RAA events.

-If you are considering teaching art, RAA's education department is among the most respected arts education entities in our city.

Check out the RAA website to learn more about this vibrant, growing organization. Yearly membership is only $25.

There is a downloadable membership application on our website: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org, or call 718 474-0861.

Calls to Artists: Deadline for all three exhibits for receipt of entries - March 26, 2008.

Each exhibit is open to all mediums.

"Of Women": Open to all women artists who are RAA members or who have previously exhibited with RAA. Subjects should include images of women, and may highlight mother and child.

"Black and White": The World in Black and White and shades of Gray. Artists are invited to pursue any theme in any way. Bringing new life and unexpected results to the form are encouraged.

"The Human Figure": Artists are invited to submit their most intriguing works for an exhibition which explores one of the world's most enduring subjects.

Forth Tilden

Highlights "STRUCTURE" explores the artistic nature of architecture, buildings, bridges and anything manmade. Exhibition dates: March 8- April 6. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA@ fort Tilden. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. (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.

LIFE DRAWING CLASS 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. 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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