2009-01-02 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

To Be Continued...
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

One of the images in "Heritage," RAA's next exhibit at RoCA, Fort Tilden. Opening reception is January 18, 2009. One of the images in "Heritage," RAA's next exhibit at RoCA, Fort Tilden. Opening reception is January 18, 2009. We continue our look forward to the new year at RAA. For a preview of kidsmART from Christine Mullally, RAA's Education Director, see the "kidsmART corner" gray box.

On a personal note, Christine Mullally's mother-in-law, Mary Mullally, passed away last week. Marina Callaghan, who is RAA Education's Program Director, pays Mrs. Mullally tribute by saying, "She was someone who recognized the good in all people, protected the underdog, detested bullies and saw beauty in everything. She was a poet and painter and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother." Our profound sympathy and good wishes to her entire family and to her friends.

Last week this column told you about the first four shows in the 2009 RAA exhibition schedule: "Heritage," "Geoff's Painting Class Show," "Wine and Dine" and "A Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork."

This week reveals the remainder of the schedule. Remember that the prospectuses and entry forms for all juried shows will appear on the RAA website well before submissions are due.

"Geometric": Parallel lines and pyramids, boxes, cubes, circles or squares, or any other geometric designs, patterns or shapes form the theme of this show. Media may include photography, writing, film, painting, digital art, sculpture, mixed media and more. Non-objective and abstract art as well as traditional art are all open to bold new twists on familiar lines. All are invited to submit their most interesting and expansive variations and 'color outside the box.' Dates: June 6 - June 28, 2009. Deadline for submission of entries: April 16, 2009. Opening reception: June 7, 2009.

"ARTSPLASH 2009": The Rockaway Artists Alliance invites all artists to call up their wide artistic vision, talent and imagination to shape ARTSPLASH 2009, a multimedia arts event. ARTSPLASH, a vibrant juried exhibition of original works, is a major showcase for the visual and performing arts which will be exhibited in the sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 galleries, the outdoor sculpture garden and on the indoor and outdoor stages at Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens, New York. Works in mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor, video, cartooning, kinetic art, poetry, prose and more will all be considered. Music, dance and performance pieces will also be considered. Dates: September 13 - October 11. Submission deadline: August 19. Opening reception: TBA.

"National Print Show": An exhibit of original prints created by some of the finest printmakers in New York City. The world of printmaking is expansive and the techniques are varied and constantly growing. Etching, lithography, monoprint, aquatint, solar plate. These are just a few of the many techniques in this fascinating genre of endless possibilities. The exhibit will run concurrent with ARTSPLASH. It will coincide with the annual print show at the Armory in Manhattan, the biggest and one of the most renowned of its kind in the world, and with Print Week. During Print Week, printmaking exhibitions run at various venues in New York. However, according to curator Christian Le Gars, there has never been a Print Week show in Queens. RAA's would be the first. Le Gars has been a printmaker at the world famous Robert Blackburn workshop. His prints have appeared in the portfolios of both the new and old workshops, which are part of the Library of Congress.

"Glass and Water": A one-man and one-woman show. Renée Radenberg will exhibit her glass sculptures and glass mobiles Many of them using beach glass; Christian Le Gars will display original watercolors, original prints and original prints into which have been added watercolor. The viewer will follow the fascinating process of watercolor, to the black and white etching based on the watercolor, to a print into which watercolor has been reintroduced. Dates: November 21 - December 6. Opening reception: TBA.

"Gifted": For our final show of the year, RAA invites all members to help shape "Gifted 2009" to showcase the very best from our artists. Dates: November 14 - December 13. Submission deadline: October 14. Opening reception: November 15.

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

kidsmART corner

Happy New Year! kidsmART is looking forward to a great 2009. At our sites in PS 104 and T-149 in Fort Tilden, we'll be creating more great projects with the children of Rockaway. Clay, drumming, dance, painting, arts & crafts, homework help, chess, science experiments and more will all be heading your way in the coming months.

We've recharged our batteries over the break and we're excited to return to our regularly scheduled programming: T-149, Fort Tilden, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Re-opens on January 6. PS 104, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:45 p.m. Reopens on January 5.

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA EXHIBITION: "Heritage," will explore from where we all came and the myriad roads and journeys that led us here. On view in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden from Jan. 17 through Feb. 15, 2009. Opening reception: Sun., Jan. 18, 1-3 p.m. Gallery hours: Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. NEXT MEETING OF RAA WRITERS GROUP: Sunday, Jan. 18, 4 p.m., sTudio 6, RoCA. Bring some of your work. Bring your ideas for the directions this new group should take. 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. FREE THURS. NIGHT MUSIC: Open mic and open stage for performing artists, including spoken word, and scheduled bands every Thurs. night, sTudio 7 stage, RoCA, Fort Tilden.

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