2010-04-23 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Made In The ‘40 Shades’
by Susan Hartenstein

Caption: “Daisies,” watercolor painting by Mary Meade. One of the artworks in “40 Shades of Green,” now at sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden through May 23. Caption: “Daisies,” watercolor painting by Mary Meade. One of the artworks in “40 Shades of Green,” now at sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden through May 23. PRESENT RAA EXHIBIT: “40 Shades of Green” in sTudio 7, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. On view through May 23. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.

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.

Unveiling of the Jacob Riis bust. Pictured left to right: Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, sculptor David Ostros, Carl Ballenas, faculty advisor of the Immaculate Conception School, and Ranger J. Lincoln Hallowell, Jr. of National Park Service. Photo courtesy of John J. Grillo. Unveiling of the Jacob Riis bust. Pictured left to right: Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, sculptor David Ostros, Carl Ballenas, faculty advisor of the Immaculate Conception School, and Ranger J. Lincoln Hallowell, Jr. of National Park Service. Photo courtesy of John J. Grillo. Upon first entering the gallery, one must say to oneself, “Only 40? Why, there must be at least 60.” At least.

Mary Meade is an excellent example of the journey of growth experienced by so many members of this organization, where growth is encouraged and supported. The first artworks of Meade’s that I saw several years ago were all oil paintings. They got better and better. Then I began seeing her branch out into other mediums that included printmaking.

Her work advanced in self-confidence, technique and expressive power.

“Daisies” is a watercolor by Meade that appears in “40 Shades.” In its moons and half moons of sunny centers, and the sweet flow of white petals and embracing green leaves, the artist has come to understand the delicate, balanced power of the medium. “40 Shades of Green” continues in sTudio 7, RoCA through May 23.

Thanks go once again to the Exhibitions Committee for an excellent reception and to the musicians and singers who entertained. They include Bob Bainbridge, Dan Guarino, Guy Nevirs, Garry Russo, John Simonelli and Arthur Skowron.

Experiencing Watercolor with Robert Bainbridge is a new class for adults that is running consecutive Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in sTudio 6, RoCA, Fort Tilden. There are spots still open in the class. The cost is $20 per class.

You must call the RAA office now to reserve a spot. Bainbridge has created a class that serves neophytes and the experienced watercolorist.

Call for Actors: for several ensemble parts in a staged reading of the fulllength screenplay “If Only I Were You,” a screwball comedy by Liz Palombo, set for April 25 at 3 p.m. in sTudio 7.

The actors will be meeting earlier for notes and some scene work. Contact Pamela at Pamela@rebelliondogs prods.com. Congratulations to those responsible for the inspiring event that was the unveiling of the Jacob Riis bust in Riis Park last Saturday.

Much praise goes to the dedicated students of the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School of Jamaica Estates who overcame many obstacles to commission David Ostro to create the sculpture. The Saturday ceremony revealed the profound meaning of this event.

Joining in what was part of Immigrant Heritage Week, the students of the Honor Society and students from Riis’ hometown in Den-mark collaborated to celebrate the life and work of a true American hero; a humanitarian who came from another country and made his adopted one a better place to live.

Kudos also to Carl Ballenas, moderator of the Aquinas Honor Society, who supports and encourages the continuing, important work of the organization. Also participating in the ceremony were Riis’ two great-granddaughters.

Members of the Society revealed Riis’ contributions to the audience, many of whom were unaware of the man for whom the park was named.

You can read about the National Park Service officials and local politicians who participated, in an article in this newspaper. All who attended, well-known and not so well known, surely felt enriched by this reminder of what the heritage is of this country and of this city.

RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

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.rockaway artistsaliance.org/education. html

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