2008-07-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Of This And That…And One Or Two Others
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"Brooklyn Connection" by Janice Weiss, artwork from Artsplash 2006. "Brooklyn Connection" by Janice Weiss, artwork from Artsplash 2006. Stay in touch with RAA:

The RAA website home page now includes a convenient calendar of all events. Here RAA will list classes, general meetings, the Summer Moons schedule and much more.

Check out: www.rockawayartistsal liance.org

All the newest that's fit to print.

Start setting those artistic brain cells aflutter, now, for the next three RAA exhibitions:

1) ARTSPLASH 2008 - RAA's annual multimedia autumn arts festival. Open to all mediums - visual, literary and performing. Deadline for receipt of entries: August 15, 2008.

Dates: September 13, 2008-November 12, 2008.

2) A Funny Thing… The art of humor…or, perhaps, the humor of art. Anything that tickles the funny bone; deals with mirth, light and dark. Open to all mediums, including, I hope, Medium Rayah. Cartooning, visual or written humor, optical illusion, satire and more. Don't limit yourself.

Deadline for receipt of entries: September 15, 2008. Dates: October 18- November 2.

3) Gifted, an RAA member showcase to brighten up the holidays.

Deadline for receipt of entries: October 10. Dates: November 15-December 14.

Get full prospectuses and entry forms for these last three shows of 2008 at: http://www.rockawayart istsalliance.org/ee_Calendar08.ht ml#entry.

Remember, this summer, that a few of the places to see interesting artwork and be inspired to do your own work are the variety of gardens around the city. One of the best examples is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. On view in the BBG Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery through September 7 is "Reflections in Collage: Works by Diane Miller." Miller's pieces are inspired by rocks, trees, clouds, mists and rain of the North Temperate Zone; ink paintings of the Sung Dynasty; and Japanese landscape screens. Her collages attempt to present unspoiled nature in its wild movements and in the textures of the Earth. Her collage technique combines printmaking and papermaking. She prints images of natural forms, such as tree branches, on very thin Japanese papers, using a variety of printmaking techniques that include etching, monotype, collagraph and silicone intaglio. She collages layers of fragments of these prints over her own handmade paper. The effect is to create underlying images beneath irregular surfaces. Thus, Miller tries to create a feeling of infinite space, calm, order and mystery beneath the turbulent changes of light and the seasons.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is located at 900 Washington Avenue. For directions and more information about the garden visit: www.bbg.org

Also remember another great place to see nature in the city… CU@RoCA.

Fort Tilden Highlights

FREE: SUMMER MOONS: Scheduled bands every Thursday in the summer. Start time: 8 p.m. On the Moonstage between sTudio 6 and sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. 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. FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV: "No Shame Theater" performs theater games, improvised scenes based on written works; all are invited to join in. THE MUSIC MAN: Final weekend. Rockaway Theatre Company. Post Theater July 18, 19 @ 8 p.m. July 20 @ 2 p.m.

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