2010-05-28 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Of This, And That … And That
By Susan Hartenstein

“The Fifth Diffraction,” photograph by Joseph Abbate. One of the artworks in “Left Brain/Right Brain” at sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, June 6 – 27. “The Fifth Diffraction,” photograph by Joseph Abbate. One of the artworks in “Left Brain/Right Brain” at sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, June 6 – 27. Call to visual artists, performing artists and writers living and/or working in Rockaway:

Artist Yuri Yurov is looking to create a series of black and white photographic portraits of the artists of Rockaway for exhibition in sTudio 7 and as an historic record of the creative people of this peninsula. For details: 201-323- 6571; info@yyydecor.com

RAA President Geoff Rawling is featured in a film titled “Mural,” which will be screened Friday, June 4 at 4 p.m. in the St. George Theatre and Saturday, June 5 at 5 p.m. in the Center of Performing Arts in the College of Staten Island, as part of the Staten Island Film Festival. To view a trailer of the film and for more information go to nycartscypher.com. For advance tickets go to: ticketweb.com and search Mural. Have any computers or computer equipment you’re ready to replace? No, it’s not RAA Holiday Party Grab Bag time. You can donate the equipment to RAA, a not-for-profit that is looking to establish a computer lab to teach basic computer skills and basic digital photography. To donate call David at 917-881-8110. Do not bring the items to the office; call David.

Many thanks to the five talented musicians of the Quintet of the Americas, composer Christopher Kaufman and environmental artist Ken Cro-Ken for appearing at the Rockaway Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 16. If you have been reading this column, you know that the quintet commissioned a series of musical works by contemporary composers inspired by the The Mannahatta Project of landscape ecologist Dr. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society. The project recreates the natural environment of Manhattan 400 years ago, comparing it in fascinating reconstructions to the island’s present day environment. Kaufman himself conducted the quintet in his piece, “Hudson Valley Quintet,” which included an interplay between the instruments and recorded sounds of the environment and the animals that inhabited 17th century Manhattan. The audience in sTudio 7 sat transfixed throughout the performance. As a bonus, Ken Cro-Ken, the artist whose environmentally influenced painting graces the album cover of “Hudson Valley Quintet,” brought slides and reproductions of many of his works and discussed the techniques and philosophy behind them. It made one perceive the relationships among art, the palpable world around us, the forces of nature and their metaphysical qualities in a whole new way.

A discussion by the participants and responses to questions from the inquisitive audience members rounded out a most satisfying afternoon. Websites to be sure to check out are: wwwquintet. org; www.kencroken.com; wwwchkaufman. com; www.theman-nahattaproject. org

If you go to the quintet’s website you can check out their Mannahatta Series concerts, which include an appearance on June 5 at the Waterfront Museum in Brooklyn at which Dr. Sanderson will be part of the panel discussion.

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

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT EXHIBITS: “Left Brain/Right Brain” in sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. On view June 6 – June 26. “Susan De Castro: Solo Show” on view June 6 – June 27 in sTudio 6. Opening reception for both shows: Sun., June 7, 1 – 3 p.m. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.

NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., June 20 in sTudio 6, 4 – 6 p.m.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: “Painting With Geoff Rawling”: Tues. 7-9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 6. $15 per class, supplies included. “Experiencing Watercolor With Bob Bainbridge”: Wed., 7:30-9:30 p.m. sTudio 6. $20 per class or sign up in advance for four consecutive classes in one month for $75 (a $5 value), 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.

“CACTUS FLOWER”: Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of Abe Burrows’ comedy directed by Susan Corning. 8 p.m.: May 28, 29, June 4, 5, 11, 12; 2 p.m.: June 6, 13. Tix: 718-374-6400.

kidsmART corner Attention teens 15 years of age by July 1, 2010: Unpaid internship positions are available at camp kidsmART for youth 15 years of age only. Contact the RAA office for applications. Attention camp kidsmART families: camp packets are available in the office, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reminder: Final camp payment due Tuesday, June 1.

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