2009-08-21 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Spanning Generations
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

Busts of a man and woman sculpted in wood by Robin Pogrebitskiy, part of "The Art of Robin and William Pogrebitskiy," now on view in sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Photograph courtesy of J. Denis Macrae. Busts of a man and woman sculpted in wood by Robin Pogrebitskiy, part of "The Art of Robin and William Pogrebitskiy," now on view in sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Photograph courtesy of J. Denis Macrae. Spanning

Award-winning broadcaster Pete Fornatale comes to RAA on Thursday, August 27 for a presentation and book signing coinciding with the release of his new book,

"Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock." The event is at 7 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery. There will be a question and answer session and Open Mic events to follow.

Forty years ago the world witnessed a rock concert on a farm in upstate New York that came, rightly or wrongly, to define a generation. Through interviews with iconic performers at the event, who include Joan Baez, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens and David Crosby, and organizers and fans, Fornatale brings to life the famous event your parents and grandparents have been telling you about; or, perhaps that you witnessed yourself.

Four hundred thousand gathered that weekend which began Friday, August 15, 1969. Woodstock means different things to different people. But it was a landmark that pointed to a changing world that would never be the same again. They gathered for the music … and much more. That music became the soundtrack for the peace and love and Vietnam generation, that has echoed through our lives since. Ever hear Jimi Hendrix's wailing National Anthem? Simon and Schuster's website states, "Fornatale brings new stories to light and sets the record straight on some common misperceptions. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, authoritative, and highly entertaining, 'Back to the Garden' is the soon-to-be classic telling of three days of peace and music."

Get a head start. And then be entertained by the Thursday Night Open Mic Event that continues to bring together musicians who jam and wail and improvise with each other, in an atmosphere that fosters artists of all stripes.

Rockaway Live '09 is a music event on Saturday, August 22 at Summer Winds at The Lobster House from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. Presented by Monte/Fox, the event is a fundraiser - all proceeds to benefit the RAA and The Rockaway Jetty organization. Four bands will be featured - Wine With Sue, Ground Swell, The Poor House and Indaculture. There is a $10 cover charge plus a $10 suggested donation. Summer Winds is located at 375 Beach 92 Street; phone number: 718-634-2500. Stop by for music, food, raffles, etc.

"The Art of Robin and William Pogrebitskiy" continues through Sunday, August 30 in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA. The exhibit opened last weekend to rave reviews from visitors, whose comments included, "One doesn't often see an excellent exhibit with this kind of relevance. How wonderful to have it in our gallery in Rockaway."

Come see this unique exhibition that brings together the brilliant wood sculptures of 'fantasmagorical' animals, gorgeous chairs, relief portraits, busts, jewelry boxes and more by Robin Pogrebitskiy; and the vivid political cartoons of his father, William Pogrebitskiy, bringing history to life and giving it a currency and immediacy in our modern world.

Congratulations to RAA's Exhibitions Committee, particularly the incredible Janet Dever, and to the Pogrebitskiy family for making this exhibition possible. Thanks also to Yuri Yurov for the framing and matting of these wonderful drawings.

The excellent entertainment at the reception was provided by quitarist/ singer/songwriter John Simonelli.

Omission in last week's column. Jessica Schulman is the photographer who took those splendid photographs of the cartoons that were used for the column and for the press release about the exhibit.


Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www rockawayartistsalliance.org
Fort Tilden Highlights
POGREBITSKIY": Wood sculpture
and political drawings. sTudio 7 Gallery,
RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Gallery hrs.: Sat.s
12 noon-4 p.m., Sun.s 1-4p.m. and by
appointment. Free admission. On view
through Sun., Aug. 30.
Sat., Aug. 22 at Summer Winds. See
SIGNING: Thurs., Aug. 27, 7 p.m.,
sTudio 7, RoCA. Presentation and book
signing by famed DJ Pete Fornatale
for his "Back to the Garden: The Story of
Woodstock." Q & A and Open Mic
event to follow. See column for details.
artists of all disciplines invited. Signup
at 7:45 p.m. for 8 p.m. start time.

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