2010-03-26 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

More About Watercolor
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein

“Self Portrait in Green,” oil and mixed media painting by Jena Homsey. One of the artworks in “Bodies of Work,” on view through April 3 in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort “Self Portrait in Green,” oil and mixed media painting by Jena Homsey. One of the artworks in “Bodies of Work,” on view through April 3 in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Experiencing Watercolor with Robert Bainbridge is a new class for adults being offered at RAA on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in sTudio 6, RoCA, Fort Tilden. You must call the RAA office now to reserve a spot.

Once the class is filled, those on the list will be notified of the date of the first class.

Classes to be offered to children are:

Guitar for Kids: Instructor is critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg Trooper. $90 for six weeks – students bring their own guitars. Wednesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.

Start date: TBA. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden. Maximum number of students: six. Call RAA (718-474- 0861) to reserve a spot.

Click! Digital Photography: (for children) $150 for six weeks – all supplies and materials (including camera loan, if necessary) included.

Date and time: TBA. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden. Call RAA to reserve a spot.

“To Our Idols” and “Bodies of Work” continue in the RAA galleries at RoCA, Fort Tilden through April 3.

See the gray box for details.

Here are a few teasers.

“Bodies of Work” explores the human figure from many points of view. Through the light and shadow of black and white, in the archival pigment prints of “Untitled,” photographer Daniela Sessa delineates the certain, hard edges and the soft edges melting sensually into dark of the nude body. In “The Boys” and “Old Woman and Child” Jerry Glick expresses figures from a different era, but the familiar stories told link the similar nature of those from the past and present. In giclĂ©e prints and pencil drawings, Yuri Yurov turns the human body into a spiritual metaphor – lyrical, metaphysical, powerful.

“To Our Idols” artist Karen Neuringer has rendered, in “Annahir,” an interesting, very interpretive portrait of a woman she admires for her courage in leaving an abusive relationship. Dan Guarino’s “Those People” in the “Idols” exhibit, is a clever, subtle poem about “us” and “them.”

Artwork of RAA member Lois Steine is presently on display at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. The exhibition reception is April 11, 1-3 p.m. The show runs through some time in May.

While you’re at it, check out all the cool events – nature walks, lectures, birding, etc. – at the preserve and Gateway National Recreation Area. It’s the national park in our own backyard. Go online to: www.nps.gov/ GATE/.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

Fort Tilden Highlights

PRESENT RAA EXHIBITS: “To Our Idols,” “Bodies of Work” in sTudios 6 and 7, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. On view through Apr. 3. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.

ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: Classes include painting, digital photography, singing, acting, cartooning. Call RAA office for details.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. 7-9 pm., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7. $15 per class, supplies included.

THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. sTudio 7 stage. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Start time: 8 p.m. Join us. Free admission.

kidsmART corner

kidsmART is free to children ages 6 – 12. It runs through May 6. Sessions: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden.

If you are interested, bring the completed application with you on the day you wish to start your child in the after-school program.

Applications can be downloaded from RAA’s website at www.rockawayartists alliance.org/education.html

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