2009-12-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Coming Attractions
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

From “Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork 2009,” Robert Bainbridge’s watercolor “Weatherly and Easterner.” By popular demand, there will be a “Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork 2010.” From “Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork 2009,” Robert Bainbridge’s watercolor “Weatherly and Easterner.” By popular demand, there will be a “Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork 2010.” Looking forward to 2010 at RAA:

This coming year’s exhibitions schedule promises interesting themes to fire up the muse in artists of all stripes. All mediums, including literary, are invited to participate in these juried exhibits.

“Spanning Connections”: Subjects will include such linking “tissues” as bridges, tunnels, walkways, covered bridges, overpasses, spanning architectural connections and more. Dates: January 16 – February 14, 2010 in sTudio 6. Reception: January 17.

“To Our Idols” asks artist and viewer the questions, “Whom do we look up?” and “What things inspire us?” Questions ripe for the answering in these times. From places to objects to people; contemporary, historical or fictional, famous or not. Submission deadline: February 4. Dates: March 13-April 11, sTudio 6. Reception: March 14.

“Bodies of Work” explores and celebrates the oldest and most enduring artistic subject. The human body is represented here in all its phases, incarnations and views. Figures may be clothed or unclothed, still or in motion, alone or in the context of groups or any setting or background. “Bodies of Work” is open to all mediums including performing arts. sTudio 7. Deadline, dates and reception: same as “Idols.”

“40 Shades of Green,” which incorporates both the color green and the idea of green as in recycled, renewed and renewable, seeks works in any and all mediums that examines the many varieties of green and the width and depth of the green ethos. Deadline: March 23. Dates: April24-May 23 in sTudio 6 and 7. Reception: May 9.

Remaining juried exhibitions in 2010 are: “Left Brain/Right Brain,” “A Salute to Rockaway,” “Gifted 2010,” “ARTSPLASH/InkSplash [invitational]” and “A Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork.” More about those in future columns. See the RAA website to view more information and to download entry forms.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Fort Tilden Highlights

ROCKSPOT TOUR EXHIBITION: Examines the collaboration between Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Pratt Institute, sponsored by QCA, to participate in new interactive social messaging program culminating in guided tour intended to inform, and to inspire the community to rediscover the Rockaways. Tour requires participative input from the public. Exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2010 in sTudio 6. Gallery hrs.: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC • ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS • PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS Contact RAA for details.

kidsmART corner

In all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s likely that you may have missed your chance to sign your child up for the special kidsmART vacation days – December 28, 29 and 30. And now, here you sit on December 26 or 27, finally alone with a cup of coffee and your thoughts and your exhaustion and Cindy Lou, who has just appeared and asked, “What are we doing today? What are we doing tomorrow? What are we doing this week? All of my friends left on a Disney Cruise this morning.”

Fear not. kidsmART has a limited number of spots available for the nonsigned up. If you’re interested in coming to kidsmART on December 28, 29 or 30, please arrive at T-149 at 10 a.m. for the morning session or 1 p.m. for the afternoon session. We have saved 10 spots for children who were not signed up. If you arrive and those 10 spots are taken, we will ask you to please wait 10 or 15 minutes while we see how many registered participants come. As there is space available, we may be able to accommodate more children, but this is not guaranteed.

Enjoy the vacation. We look forward to getting back into the swing of things at PS 104 on Monday, January 4 and in Fort Tilden on Tuesday, January 5.

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