2010-04-16 / Community

RAA Presents 40 Shades Of Green

The Rockaway Artists Alliance will launch its newest exhibition, 40 Shades of Green, and also celebrates its part in New York City’s annual Immigrant Heritage Week. An opening reception filled with vibrant artwork, artful refreshments and bracing live music will be held from 12 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 in the sTudio 7 Gallery (T-7) at Fort Tilden. 40 Shades of Green will run from Sunday, April 18 to Sunday, May 23.

According to RAA, 40 Shades of Green “incorporates both the color green and the idea of green as in recycled, renewed and renewable. The many varieties of green and the width and depth of the green ethos are the subject; the many unique and vivid ways artists portray this are what really bring the theme to life.” Viewers will encounter paintings, sculpture, assemblage pieces, photography, watercolors, drawings and more. 40 Shades of Green artists include Joseph Abbate, Vincent Biscione, Sheila Curran, Susan DeCastro, Willa Mae Gilbert, Igor Gushchin, Jena Homsey, Margie Homsey, Ellen Hoyt, Audrey Irwin, Linda Kelly, Martha Killian, Larisa Levina, Denis Macrae, Mary Meade, H. Lewis McGlynn, Karen Neurin- ger, Pamela Popeson, Renée Radenberg, Carol Rickey, Jessica Schulman, Stephanie Volovar Sautner, Yuri Yurov.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance will once again be taking part in NYC’s Immigrant Heritage Week. As a huge artfully drawn map of the world created by artist Chris Preston spreads across one wall, gallery goers will find themselves becoming a part of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to make their mark and pinpoint their and their families’ points of origin. 40 Shades of Green will also note the many and varied places from which its artists have come, joining together in Rockaway today. Coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the yearly Immigrant Heritage Week honors the unique and profound currents of heritage that have flowed from all over the world and shaped New York since its birth.

The RAA also invites anyone and everyone attending Sunday’s exhibition opening to bring photocopies (no frames and no originals, please) of depictions and old photos of forbearers and family and/or scraps of writing and documents that bring to life their own heritage stories. These will be added to and interwoven with the wall-sized world map to create a “living work of art in progress.” (Photos may also be photocopied at the gallery for a small fee.)

It is also noted that on Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. a newly created bust of Jacob A. Riis will be unveiled at the Bay 9 Mall at Riis Park. Sponsored by the Aquinas Honor Society, with the National Park Service, the event will be attended by local students and well-wishers, the Danish Counsel General, local politicians and dignitaries and 25 students and teachers from Riis’ hometown of Ribe, Denmark.

The RAA salutes its fellow organizations and Jacob Riis with a small tribute to the pioneering writer, photographer, journalist, social reformer, Danish immigrant, famous New Yorker and American as one enters the sTudio 7 Gallery.

Other events during 40 Shades of Green and Immigrant Heritage Week will include a meeting of the RAA Writers Group in sTudio 6 (T- 6) on Sunday, April 18 at 4 p.m., a full cast reading presented by the RockWriters with RAA and the RAA Writers Group of Liz Palombo’s screenplay “If Only I Were You” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 in sTudio 7 and a musical performance event by The Quintet of the Americas currently scheduled for May 15, also in sTudio 7.

There will also be an original video presentation by Pamela Popeson; date and time to be determined.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission to the exhibitions and events is free as is ample parking. For more information and directions call 718-474-0861, e-mail info@raa116.org or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance. org

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