2009-01-09 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Rockaway Artists Alliance Starts The New Year With 'Heritage'

"Mangano Antipast" by Gabrielle Mangano - Photography "Mangano Antipast" by Gabrielle Mangano - Photography The Rockaway Artists Alliance rings in the New Year with Heritage: Where We Came From, a new exhibition dedicated to the past and to the future. The exhibition will run from Saturday, January 17 to Sunday, February 15 at sTudio 6 in Fort Tilden. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 18 from 1-3 p.m. with lively company, good food and engaging live entertainment.

Heritage, through the work of fourteen individual artists, looks out into the world and asks, "Where on earth did we come from?" From Serbia to Scotland, from France to the Philippines, the answer is rendered in color and imagination that brings these far flung corners of the globe into the intimate setting of sTudio 6.

In such works as "Roots In Brooklyn," "Pompeii," "Native Land," "Noah & Sarah," and "Mirabilia" each artist uses words, watercolor, acrylics and oils, pen and ink, collage and color and black and white photography to paint a portrait of their path from past to present. Each brings this journey to life with a unique blend of talent, insight and point of view.

Each artist, along with the RAA, invites all to come and share in this story told in art and in the process discover their own. Heritage artists include: Lorraine Verdemare, Jessica Schulman, Rick Robles, Carol Rickey, Ralph Petagna. N.R. Mitgang, Maureen McGuire. Gabrielle Mangano, Denis Macrae, Marie Lewis, Levina Larisa, M. Elliot Killian, Philip Emelianov and Anthony Curcio.

Heritage marks the beginning off a year of exciting new exhibitions and special events for the RAA. Heritage will be followed up by a showcase of the works of artist Geoff Rawling's painting class from March 8 - March 29. Wine and Dine, which explores in art the world of food and drink and all the variations thereof, will run from April 18 to May 17.

The rest of the year will see A Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork, Geometric - which opens fascinating new angles on the shapes of things, and the multimedia art and performance exhibition, ArtSplash 2009, that will coincide with the traveling National Print Show. In addition the year will also see Gifted, the annual members' exhibition and also Glass & Water, a 'solo' show which counterpoints the talents of two artists working respectively in watercolor and glass sculpture. Thursday Open Mike Music Nights, which features a wide range of talented musicians, groups, singers and songwriters, as well as comedians, poets, spoken word artists and performers of all kinds, will continue from 8 p.m. on in the sTudio 7 gallery.

The RAA also hosts a once a month meeting of its writers group. Generally held on the third Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. in sTudio 6, the group invites all types of writers, whether dedicated dabbler or published professional, or all those interested in the writing life to meet, share work and expand their horizons. The RAA holds its own general meeting on the second Monday of every month starting at 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 6. All are welcomed.

Admission and parking for all exhibitions and events are free. For information call (718) 474- 0861, e-mail rockart116@aol.com or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance. org. A complete listing of exhibitions, events and news can be found at the RAA website. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

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