2009-09-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

ARTSPLASH Expands And, 'You Say Tomato, I Say … '
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

State Senator Malcolm Smith and RAA President Geoff Rawling are pictured at "Paint Out" on the boardwalk. State Senator Malcolm Smith and RAA President Geoff Rawling are pictured at "Paint Out" on the boardwalk. In my acknowledgements last week of those who made possible the successful premiere of "Paint Out," the terrifically enjoyable creative event presented by Art Adventures and More and co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Arverne by the Sea, I neglected to mention Laura Sporny of Arverne by the Sea. Thank you for helping to bring this to our community.

State Senator Malcolm Smith stopped by to cheer everyone on. He has been a true friend and supporter of RAA from day one. This year in our fiscal crisis, he came through with vitally important funding to keep us on course. So it is appropriate that a photograph of Senator Smith and RAA President Geoff Rawling, who provided instruction in painting a seascape that day, accompanies the column.

Those who participated in this free event, and those who wished they had, hope "Paint Out" becomes a regular pleasure of summer in Rockaway.

The latest good news from ARTSPLASH 2009:

This year RAA's month-long multimedia event will feature a special section devoted to the art of printmaking. A fascinating and highly creative medium, printmaking techniques are quite varied and the possibilities for expression are continually being expanded. More in a future column.

Sunday, October 4 has been confirmed as the date of the RAA Writers Group Event. The afternoon will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. on the stage of sTudio 7 Gallery. Presentations will include readings of original poetry and prose; short plays; and live music during interludes.

ARTSPLASH 2009 will run from September 12 through October 11. It is presented in partnership with the National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment. The opening reception: September 13, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Meet participating artists. Enjoy refreshments and live entertainment. Also featured during ARTSPLASH will be an auction wall.

As I sit here this evening, a whim hit me. I think we must follow our whims, at least part of the time, if not all. Today the August heat turned to fall. The cicadas seemed intruders; imposters even. So I thought of a fall garden. Of the colors that shine in the season of my birth. Those colors that burn as a candle flame burns just before its death - most exquisite, most intense, most glorious before extinction. Even though I know our gardens do not yet hold these pleasures, I thought to look at the website of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. I found a most interesting sounding exhibit - "The Heirloom Tomato: An Exhibition of Photography by Victor Schrager: Portraits of Historic Tomato Varieties from the Gardens of Amy Goldman." This is being billed as glorious color portraits of 500 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. These sensual, luscious-sounding images are compared to the paintings of the Old Masters. Schrager is an award-winning photographer whose portraits of food have been seen on display and in publications worldwide. Sounds intriguing, no? I could go on - the website does, so check it out: www. nybg.org. You can also call 718-817-8700. What a delicious way to savor the end of summer. Maybe I'll see you in The Bronx. I'll certainly …

CU@RoCA.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance. org.
Fort Tilden Highlights
ARTSPLASH '09: Multimedia arts event. Sept. 12 --
Oct. 11. Opening reception: Sun., Sept. 13, 1-3 p.m.,
sTudio 6, RoCA. Admission free. See above for gallery
hours. Special events to be posted.
ART AUCTION WALL: See column for details.'
THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines
invited. Sign-up at 7:45 p.m. for 8 p.m. start
time.
PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. nights, 7-9
p.m.; Thurs. mornings, 10 a.m. - 112 noon. sTudio7,
RoCA @ Fort Tilden. $15 per class, supplies included.
NEXT RAA WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Mon., Sept.
14, 6 p.m., sTudio 7, RoCA.

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