2008-09-26 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

KidsmART, Deadlines And ARTSPLASH
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Deadline extension: Word from the RAA exhibitions committee: In order for the upcoming show "A Funny Thing…" to be as funny as possible, the exhibitions committee has decided to extend the deadline to Friday, Sept 26, 2008.

Please send in funny, ironic, weird and humorous submissions. Open to all mediums as long as they have the potential to produce a smile, a knowing chuckle or a belly laugh. For more information go to our website … quickly.

Deadline for entry of submissions for "Gifted," RAA's member holiday show: October 15, 2008.

kidsmART News: Reminder! Registration for RAA's kidsmART after-school program in Fort Tilden will be held this Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Building T-149. This year kidsmART will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 7. Sculpture, painting, dance, homework help, organized sports and games, arts and crafts, science and more will be offered. kidsmART is funded by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and is FREE to all children ages 6 - 13. If you cannot attend the registration, please visit our website at www.rockawayartistsalliance. org to download all of the necessary forms.

"Only For So Long," Artist: Gabrielle Mangano. Medium: Photography "Only For So Long," Artist: Gabrielle Mangano. Medium: Photography What about the Teens? If you have one at home, or are age 16-19 yourself, you may apply for a position as a Junior Counselor at the kidsmART after-school program at both the Fort Tilden and PS 104 sites. You must be a peer leader, enjoy working with younger children and want to be part of a fantastic team. If you are interested, please call 718-474-0861 to request an application.

This weekend at ARTSPLASH: Saturday, September 27 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.: Free - Gallery Sitter's Event: The Sticker Dude and Friends for an afternoon of "Music and Song for Thinking People." Of course, that includes you. Dude is the dude this column told you about a couple of weeks ago, who is a "mail artist." Yes, he's a male, but that's not what I mean. Mail art or correspondence art, as it is sometimes called, is what Vittore Baroni describes as an international "artistic phenomenon with planetary dimensions, founded on the direct and equal sharing of creative experiences." Who would want to miss that? If you wish to learn more about this counter-establishment movement that has been around for decades, and hear music from dudes and dudettes, and see the really good work of 40 visual artists, come to sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden on Saturday. Admission to gallery and event is free. Gallery hours: Saturday 12-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m., and by appointment. Exhibit runs through October 12.

With the cooler weather, the cool Madam Rayah's energy level is up, as are her antennae, and her crystal globes have been given their fall polishing. Ergo, she and her favorite spirit spies have been collecting info for this column. The following words have come from one of her trustiest and multiest talented among them: You never know what you're going to find when you visit the Rockaway Artists Alliance galleries at Fort Tilden. The RAA is full of surprises. Not only did gallery goers this Sunday encounter the work of over 40 artists in the ever-eclectic ARTSPLASH 2008, they also enjoyed the sight and sounds of singer/acoustic guitarist John Henry Sheridan performing from the stage of sTudio 7. Meanwhile visitors to sTudio 6 found themselves deeply engaged in an impromptu slide show and book talk, as Liz and Dan Guarino shared images and words from their book, Broad Channel.

Gallery Sitter's events like these bring spice and surprise to exhibitions throughout the year. Visitors are invited to come down regularly just to see what happens next.

Thank you, Madam Rayah's spy. By the way, the ever-vigilant spicy soothsayer has started to get those annual freaky Halloween vibes. Stay tuned.

ARTSPLASH Highlights:

Sara Slipchinsky's four photograph series, "Todo Delanado," is an imaginative treatise on the secret beauties of paper and its properties.

One might say the works present the unrevealed, revealed through a different eye.

In "Only For So Long," Gabrielle Mangano uses the poetry of black and white, light and shadow, and the eloquence of the unspoken.

The image, subtle, soft and evocative, draws the viewer ever more deeply into its subtext and into the narrative found in the memories of the viewer. Like any good work of art, it makes the viewer a full, respected partner. Thus the experience becomes an intimately personal journey.

"Weather Forecasting for the Rockaway's" presents Martha Elliott Killian as poet and accomplished watercolorist. "Rocky Weather" is a tender poem that will reach the mind and heart of all animal lovers; her paintings, which partner the poems, capture some of the many weather moods that help define this peninsula.

Jene Youtt's digital prints, which include "Moon's Pass," ARTSPLASH award winner for Best in Photography, are lyric, flowing images that express the dynamic movement and music of dance.

CU@RoCA.

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