2009-08-14 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

RAA Exhibit - History And Wood Come To Life

One of the political cartoons of William Pogrebitskiy, on view at sTudio 7, Fort Tilden. Opening reception: Sunday, August 16, 1-3 p.m. One of the political cartoons of William Pogrebitskiy, on view at sTudio 7, Fort Tilden. Opening reception: Sunday, August 16, 1-3 p.m. Stirring together a rich history of art and of life, the Rockaway Artists Alliance's newest exhibition, "The Art of Robin and William Progrebitskiy," crosses the waves of time to not only present the work of this well known sculptor but also to recall the fine drawings of his father a generation before. The exhibition opens with a reception on Sunday, August 16, 1-3 p.m. at the RAA's sTudio 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden, Rockaway, NY. It runs through Sunday, August 30. The reception will complete the show's intimate atmosphere with music, refreshments and good company.

A fixture of this seaside community, Robin Progrebitskiy is most wellknown for his intricate and unique wood sculptures. Often carved from ocean smoothed driftwood, sculpted and then polished to a fine blond, his work is shaped to its roots by the skills of his hands and the texture of his unrestricted imagination. Walking through this prolific collection surrounding his workspace in T-7 is like winding through a forest of lovingly crafted yet playful dreams.

"Robin inherited his ability and passion for art from his father Bill," states a short bio specifically prepared for the exhibition with the help of Lolita Pogrebitskiy, his daughter-in-law. Family and friends also took part.

And for the first time "The Art of Robin and William Pogrebitskiy" brings together the work of both father and son. The drawings of William (Bill) Pogrebitskiy reach back over half a century and across continents and oceans. Many of them political in nature, they reflect his journey from the Ukraine, where he was born in 1905, to Austria, France, America, and then to the far eastern part of Russia. His parents were active participants in the first, failed, Russian Revolution. Sadly, as a soldier in the Soviet Army, he died shortly before the end of World War II in 1945. Robin himself, born in 1929, also served in the military beginning in 1949. "When he was 40," according to his biography, "he got a hobby of woodcarving and became very involved and professional at it. In 1991, he moved from the USSR back to America. He continued with his hobby in New York.

"Even at the age of 80 he continues to work every day. This exhibition represents only a small part of Bill's and Robin's works."

Both Robin and Bill Pogrebitskiy are well represented in this unique showcase. The Rockaway Artists Alliance would like to invite one and all to the sTudio 7 Gallery to celebrate the lives and enjoy the work of these two exceptional men.

For more 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. Regular gallery hours are Saturday 12-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Open to all, the RAA meets regularly in sTudio 6 on the second Monday of each month.

RAA works in partnership with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area and in part is supported by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, JP Morgan Chase, The Independence Community Foundation and Brooklyn Brewery.

Fort Tilden, located in the Rockaways, is an historic and now decommissioned U.S. Army post. Today it is home to many cultural, community and sport activities and serves as a premier part of Gateway National Recreation Area, a unique urban national park that spans several boroughs and incorporates beaches, marshlands and bird and wildlife refuges.

Winter and summer its beaches, fields and trails offer sanctuary to many a city weary traveler. From its shores one can gaze out across the Atlantic and dream of distant worlds.

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