2009-01-30 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Antipasto Redux
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

Mangano Antipast" by Gabrielle Mangano, Photography - on display at RAA's Heritage exhibit in sTudio 6 Gallery. Mangano Antipast" by Gabrielle Mangano, Photography - on display at RAA's Heritage exhibit in sTudio 6 Gallery. Oh gosh, those last minute edits! Due to space constraints, the last column had to be shortened. In the abbreviated caption for the image, Jessica Schulman acquired an extra "l" and a quotation mark. Apologies to Jessica. You may have also asked yourself after reading the column, "What did antipasto (in the headline) have to do with this?" Well, nothing. But I removed a description of one of the works in "Heritage," RAA's present exhibit exploring America's cultural origins and our 'journeys' in the new land. Oops! I forgot the work's title was in the headline. No fear. Here is that soupçon, and more.

Photographer Gabrielle Mangano creates a slightly disjointed view of "Mangano Antipast" - a scene that probably expresses, for most of us, that slightly disjointed domestic gathering that is food/family/love/home. In the amply creviced visage of "Klamath Tribe Woman of Oregon," Lorraine Verdemare paints an oil portrait, in hues blue/gray to white, of a Native American whose knowing eyes and dermal 'chevrons' reflect an ageless wisdom and the subtlest spark of humor. N.R. Mitgang interlocks poignant images in black and white — photographs and words on paper - to weave episodes in our sometimes difficult history. "Heritage" runs through February 15. For more details read this column's gray box or visit: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org

RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Fort Tilden Highlights

EXHIBITION: "Heritage," explores from where we all came and the myriad roads and journeys that led us here. On view in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden through Feb. 15, 2009. Gallery hours: Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. NEXT MEETING OF RAA WRITERS GROUP: Sunday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m., sTudio 6, RoCA. Bring some of your work. Feedback, should you want it, is helpful and supportive. Periodic guest speakers. PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. nights, 7-9 p.m.; Thurs. mornings, 10 a.m. -- 12 noon, sTudio 7 in RoCA, $15 per class, supplies included. FREE THURSDAY NIGHT MUSIC AND OPEN MIC: Open stage for performing artists of many genres, including bands, spoken word and even comics. sTudio 7 stage, RoCA.

kidsmART corner

The kidsmART after-school program is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Building T-149 in Fort Tilden. For children registered at the PS 104 program, the schedule is Monday - Wednesday, 3 - 4:45 p.m. RAA is continually accepting inquiries for positions as junior counselors and teaching artists. Please send resumes to: chrisrockart116@aol.com.

For questions regarding afterschool programming, please email: marinarockart116@aol.com

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