2009-06-26 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Final Chance To See The Poetry And Rhythms Of 'Geometric'
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Caption: "Silent Moments," acrylic on canvas painting by Penelope Atheras. One of the artworks on view through June 28 at RoCA, Fort Tilden. Caption: "Silent Moments," acrylic on canvas painting by Penelope Atheras. One of the artworks on view through June 28 at RoCA, Fort Tilden. Exciting word from Dan Guarino, chair of the Writers Group:

The next RAA Writers Group meeting will be on Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m. in sTudio 7, the larger of the two RAA gallery buildings in RoCA, Fort Tilden. At the last meeting, plans were taking shape to participate in the fall ARTSPLASH exhibition as a group by doing a Sunday afternoon event during the exhibition's run. The event would feature staged prose readings, short plays, poetry, etc., of group members. Any type of material could be read. Either the author could read it, or he or she could choose to have another do so. Segments might even be interspersed with musical acts to make it all the more inviting.

If you have ideas and/or wish to become a member in order to participate, be prepared at the July meeting to discuss those ideas; that meeting will be devoted to the discussion.

The deadline for individual submissions for ARTSPLASH is August 8, 2009. See rockawayartistsalliance.org for details. Your writing work could be in printed form, filmed, videoed or recorded. The possibilities are open. And, of course, you may submit any other type of artwork.

"Geometric" is entering its last weekend, on view through Sunday, June 28 in sTudio 7. My final words about this exhibit pertain to two works by Penelope Atheras that had great impact on me. In "Dancing Lines," a starkly dramatic black and white painting in acrylic on canvas, the artist somehow creates the kinetic rhythm and movement inherent in the design of a seashell. A product of the forces of our oceans appears to be flowing in place. That rhythm is in union with the rhythms inside each of us.

With simple shapes, a limited palette of green and black and the muted grays born of that mixture, Atheras' "Silent Moments" subtly presents the pain, power and passions of a woman standing alone at a window in contemplative silence. Each one of us has stood at that window.

RAA Call to Artists: ARTSPLASH 2009, RAA's multimedia fall arts event, is open to all media. Deadline: August 10, 2009. For entry forms and prospectus please go to: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org; or contact RAA: 718-474-0861

Call to Artists: 2009 Photo Contest: "A Salute to Tribute Park"

Deadline for entries: Postmarked no later than July 11, 2009; hand delivered no later than July 13, 2009. Entries must be submitted to the RAA Office at 260 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, NY. See: www.rockawayc hamberofcommerce.com for entry form and full list of rules.

Make Music NY was a great success. Thanks to all who participated, on, behind and in front of the stages.

RAA exhibitions take a hiatus until ARTSPLASH in September. But the Exhibitions Committee is still going strong. It is in the process of planning the 2010 schedule. The committee will most likely be holding its meetings the second Saturday of the month in RoCA. The next meeting is Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m. Please call the RAA office to confirm. If you have any ideas for exhibit themes, wish to curate a show, or just want to help, you are welcome to attend.

RAA Contact Information: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; Email: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Fort Tilden Highlights

EXHIBITION: "Geometric," 6/06-6/28.
Gallery hours: Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m.
and by appointment. sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort
Tilden. Free admission.
Monday, July 20, 6 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA.
Tuesday nights, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday mornings,
10 a.m. - 12 noon. sTudio 7, RoCA @
Fort Tilden. $15 per class, supplies included.

artists of all disciplines invited. Sign-up at
7:45 p.m. for 8 p.m. start time.

kidsmART corner

10, 9, 8 ... days and counting until we kick off the 10th season of camp kidsmART! The first day of camp is Monday, July 6, 2009. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for all registered campers. We can't wait! If you have any outstanding paperwork for us, please get it in by July 3. Thank you!

We're anxiously awaiting the outcome of our letter-writing campaign to city officials regarding preserving the funding for the kidsmART after-school program. Look to this column weekly, as we'll print the results here first.

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