2009-09-11 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

ARTSPLASH/InkSplash Begins
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

"Organic Chastity" by Julian Caso, one of the artworks in ARTSPLASH/Ink- Splash, on view at RAA galleries in Fort Tilden September 12 through October 11. "Organic Chastity" by Julian Caso, one of the artworks in ARTSPLASH/Ink- Splash, on view at RAA galleries in Fort Tilden September 12 through October 11. An international roster of artists and an extensive variety of artistic disciplines are on view at the RAA galleries and stages at Fort Tilden beginning this weekend, as ARTSPLASH/ Ink- Splash 09 opens in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). The opening reception is Sunday, September 13, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery.

As a special feature of the annual multimedia arts event, InkSplash brings ten master printmakers from around the world to RAA's sTudio 6 Gallery. Among those countries are Japan, India, the Philippines, nations of South America and even the US. A range of techniques are on display, such as woodcut, etching and aquatint with chine collé. Serving as a preview of a larger print show to run in the gallery in the 2010 RAA season, InkSplash presents renowned printmakers from two of the most respected print studios - the Manhattan Graphic Studio and the Robert Blackburn Studio. The exhibit will coincide with Print Week and the Print Show hosted by the prestigious International Fine Print Dealers Association. Among the participants in InkSplash are artists whose work is to be found in the collection at the Library of Congress, including Christian Le Gars, curator of the exhibit.

Visual arts by 42 artists, from assemblage to watercolor; acrylics to quilts; mixed media to tied, bleached and painted silk panels; shellac gel to Styrofoam (what a way to recycle) will be found in the galleries of RAA during ARTSPLASH.

Special performance events are scheduled, making ARTSPLASH a true showcase of the arts - plural. Dancers like Mary Meade Montoya; Dzieci Theatre Troupe, presenting a production new to Fort Tilden audiences; musicians and singers; and spoken word and theatrical pieces from the RAA Writers Group on October 4 will complement the crisp, fresh air of the autumn seaside. For a schedule of events visit RAA online: www.rockawayartistsalliance. org, and watch this column in the coming weeks.

ARTSPLASH/InkSplash is on view Saturday, September 12 through Sunday, October 11. See gray box for gallery hours. Admission to exhibition and special events is free. Parking is also free.

Jurors for ARTSPLASH were Penelope Atheras, Tom Burke, Janet Dever and Maureen McGuire.

Judging the many awards for excellence to be presented at the Sunday reception is Charlotte Kotik, a native of Prague, whose extensive list of credentials includes working at the Albright- Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA). Most recently she was the Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art and Curator of Contemporary Art at BMA. She has been Curator of the Department of Prints and Drawings at BMA and has been curator at other institutions in and around New York City and New York State in the fields of architectural landmarks and works on paper.

Kotik has organized more than 100 museum exhibitions, written numerous catalogue essays and served as panelist and juror for many other projects. In l993 she was a United States commissioner for the Venice Biennale, where she curated a presentation of works by Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition traveled internationally. Kotik organized an extensive traveling exhibition of works by Annie Leibovitz and a large presentation of works by Brooklyn artists commemorating the opening of the reconstructed Brooklyn Museum's entrance. Among other artists whose work she has curated are Romare Bearden and Lee Krasner. RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718- 474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org

This issue of The Wave comes out on September 11 - a date one doesn't need to mention in order to remember. Yet one feels compelled to. Out of respect; out of pain; out of a need for communion with others. We, each of us, have our separate memories. Each of us can recall the exact moment when she or he found out, saw the images. Each of us commemorates this day as an individual and as a member of a family.
Fort Tilden Highlights
OPENING RECEPTION -- ARTSPLASH/
InkSplash '09: Sun., Sept.
13, 1-3 p.m., sTudio 7, RoCA @ Fort
Tilden. Live entertainment, refreshments,
meet the artists. Multimedia arts
event. Sept. 12 -- Oct. 11. Admission
free. Gallery hours: Sat.s 12-4 p.m.;
Sun.s 1-4 p.m.; by appointment.
Special events to be posted. Admission
free to reception, exhibit and special
events. See column for details.
ART AUCTION WALL: Special feature
of ARTSPLASH in sTudio 7.
NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING:
Mon., Sept.14, 7:30 p.m., sTudio 7. All
are welcome. Bring your latest artwork.
NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING:
Mon., Sept. 14, 6 p.m., sTudio 7. Stay
for general meeting at 7:30 p.m.
THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing
artists of all disciplines invited. Signup
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. - 12 noon. sTudio7, RoCA @
Fort Tilden. $15 per class, supplies
included.

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