2009-07-03 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Summer - Out And About
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

RAA's camp kidsmART will open its doors for its tenth season on Monday, July 6. RAA's camp kidsmART will open its doors for its tenth season on Monday, July 6. Summer Arts and Gardens:

Each summer this column presents a variety of locations in the metropolitan area that offer the visitor communion with the beauties and fascinating aspects of the natural world, while also exhibiting artworks that reflect those qualities.

At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden through September 6 are two complementary events - one an interpretive program, the other an exhibit. "Wicked Plants," the program, leads the visitor through the gardens to observe and learn how certain amazing plants have evolved to maim, capture and poison while at the same time seducing with their beauty and offering us their power to heal. The program is based on the new book "Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities" by Amy Stewart.

In the Garden's Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery, is "Wicked Plants: Prints by Briony Morrow-Cribbs." The artist has created 30 elaborate etchings to illustrate Stewart's book. The Garden's website points out that etching is a classical scientific and artistic tradition that here is used to present a contemporary perspective on plant life.

To learn more about these events and other inviting features of this haven from stress, call 718-623-7200 or visit bbg.org

Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center, at West 249 Street and Independence Avenue in the Bronx, offers another glorious combination of art and the beauty of nature. "Arbore Venerabiles," in the Glyndor Gallery through July 19, was conceived of by Wave Hill to celebrate the "2009 Year of the Trees." Artists were invited to create drawings and paintings based on, or in response to, trees in Wave Hill's collection. The trees at this gorgeous garden, with a view overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades, are varied and magnificent. The viewer has the opportunity to observe the original subjects and the myriad means of interpretation of those originals.

Also at Wave Hill through July 19 is "overture to Whirl." Janelle Iglesias has created a huge, intricately-adorned sculpture that mimics the ornate nests of the bowerbird. Said to be an avian "installation artist," the creature is an obsessive scavenger of detritus, which it uses to decorate elaborately designed habitats, known as bowers. Iglesias has used, and thus recycled, discarded synthetic and natural materials collected inside and outside the garden.

For more information call 718-549- 3200 or visit wavehill.org

Deadline reminders: "A Salute to Tribute Park" photo contest: postmarked no later than July 11; hand delivered no later than July 13.

ARTSPLASH multimedia festival: August 10.

For further information contact RAA. Much love and congratulations to parents Kalin Callaghan and Kaliem Harper (and their families) on the June 5 birth of their son, Kazimir William. After 9 lbs., 9 oz., 21 ½ inches, 32 hours of labor and natural birth, you are all wonderful and are wished an equally fantastic future.

RAA Contact Information: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; Email: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.
Fort Tilden Highlights
NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING:
Monday, July 13, 7:30 p.m., sTudio 6
Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. All are welcome.
Bring your latest artwork.
NEXT EXHIBITIONS COMMITTEE
MEETING: scheduled for Sat., July 11
at 1 p.m. in RoCA. Call RAA office to
confirm.
NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING:
Monday, July 20, 6 p.m. in sTudio 7,
RoCA.
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.
THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing
artists of all disciplines invited. Signup
at 7:45 p.m. for 8 p.m. start time.

kidsmART corner Dear Parents and Campers,

We can't wait to see you all on Monday, July 6 as we open camp kidsmART for the 10th Season!

Please arrive at camp kidsmART in Fort Tilden at 9:30 a.m. Our friendly staff will direct you to parking and we'll be on our way to a fun-filled summer.

Remember: Apply sunblock before kids leave home and send them with a snack, lunch and plenty to drink!

Still haven't handed in all of your forms? Please bring them with you on July 6 and turn them in to your child's counselor.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

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