2008-04-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Last Week To Catch A Stately Exhibit; A Call To Artists
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718 474-0861; Fax: 718 474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalli ance.org

Celestial Liberties: Artist: Samuel Smith. Medium: Digital Liberties. One of the artworks in "Structure," closing after this weekend. Celestial Liberties: Artist: Samuel Smith. Medium: Digital Liberties. One of the artworks in "Structure," closing after this weekend. This is the final weekend to see "Structure," RAA's exhibit exploring man-made constructions, on view through Sunday, April 6. See gray box for details.

Spotlight on "Structure": Sam Smith's "Celestial Liberties," which is displayed in "Structure," is part of a series of photo-works, "Synergies of Confluence." The artist's primary tools are graphic design and photography. In the series of 100 digitally composed works, images of urban architecture are manipulated to express artistic and sociological passions as relates to 9/11. Smith states, "What I wish to emerge from these works is a commitment of imagination in not simply looking at (a 2 dimensional act), but SEEING (an act of three-dimensional dynamics) the exterior world in ways not bound by a box of convention."

In paintings very different from the creations of Sam Smith, Ellen Hoyt expresses the urban landscape through watercolor. In "Downtown" she expertly uses the fluidity and transparency of the medium to translate the weathered, stained brick and cement of the aging, stately buildings of our city.

Call to Performing Artists: musicians, poets and spoken word performers are needed for the second annual Rockaway Music and Arts Council Literary Festival, scheduled for Sunday, June 8. RAA's outdoor Moonstage will be the venue for performances in this day-long event. All material should be suitable for a general audience. (Attention musicians: the organizers of the stage events are looking for acoustic leaning sets.) Add your talent to the roster. And do it now! Contact Dan Guarino at twcgxwgj@aol.com, ASAP.

The new book from RAA's married literati, Dan Guarino and Liz Guarino, Broad Channel, which is part of the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing, is being released on July 21. Word has it that Broad Channel tells the vibrant and surprising history of the island community through nearly 200 vintage photos and lively text, and is now available for pre-order from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, tar get.com and other outlets. Keyword: Broad Channel.

Well done, Maryann McEvoy. The RAA Board of Directors Secretary and member of the Quilter's Guild of Brooklyn, had a quilt on display at the Brooklyn Borough Hall. The artworks of the Quilter's Guild of Brooklyn were on exhibit through the end of March, in honor of Woman's History Month. CU@RoCA.

Forth Tilden Highlights

LAST WEEKEND TO SEE: "STRUCTURE," exploring the artistic nature of architecture, buildings, bridges and anything manmade. Exhibition dates: through Sunday, April 6. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden, GNRA. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. CLARIFICATION RE: "STRUCTURE 2: An Exhibition of Artwork Created by PS 114 Students and Their Parents." This was a "oneevening only" exhibit that ran Tuesday, April 1. It is not concurrent with "Structure," the RAA exhibition that runs through this weekend. (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 preregistration 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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