2010-06-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

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Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Brain Splash,” photographic illustration by Jessica Schulman. One of the artworks in “Left Brain/Right Brain” in RoCA, Fort Tilden. “Brain Splash,” photographic illustration by Jessica Schulman. One of the artworks in “Left Brain/Right Brain” in RoCA, Fort Tilden. A Call to Artists: “Salute to Rockaway,” July 17 – August 1, in sTudio 7 Gallery. Artists may display six pieces of art, all forms including writing, that have to do with Rockaway or Broad Channel in some way. If sold, they may be replaced by the artists. Interested artists should call the office. This is not a regular juried show; there will no reception and no advertisements. There will be a write-up in RAA’s column, “From the Artist’s Studio” in The Wave. (Oh, that’s me.)

Please call the office at 718-474-0861 and give your contact information to Dominique by July 1 (artist name, phone number, e-mail, title of works, medium and prices). For more information contact the office and your call will be directed to the appropriate members. Work must be dropped off July 11 at 4 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery. Pick up work August 1, 4 - 5 p.m.

“Summer Solstice” takes place Saturday, June 19 in sTudio 7, starting at 7:30 p.m. Bands appearing include Jammin’ Jon, Poor House, Brutal East and Indaculture.

The guest speaker at Sunday’s Writers Group meeting will be RAA member Michelle J. Dyett-Welcome, public speaking consultant, who will present an interactive discussion on the art of public speaking. She will be introducing “Giving Voice To Your Words!” All are welcome. All’s friends are also welcome.

Make Music NY is Monday, June 21. It is an 11-hour celebration taking place in 300 cities and in all five boroughs. The day’s concerts, in hundreds of public spaces including Fort Tilden, are free, feature familiar and not-sowell familiar musicians in all genres. To learn more visit www.makemusic ny.org. Click along to reach “Far Rockaway” and schedules for Rockaway venues that include GNRA (11 a.m. – 11p.m.), which was unavailable to me as of this writing.

As part of Make Music NY, RAA member and musician Dan Guarino will be singing and playing at Starbucks in Howard Beach (157-41 Crossbay Boulevard), Monday, June 21 at 4 p.m. Enjoy the bay, the breeze, the open air, the sounds (and maybe even a coffee!).

Friends of Tribute Park and the Rockaway Artists Alliance will host a free concert, Rock in the Park, Saturday, June 26, 6 – 9 p.m. in Tribute Park, Beach 116 Street and Beach Chan-nel Drive. Bands scheduled to appear are Gray Riders, Rattrap Bumpkin, Mr. Big Deal and Indaculture. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes.

A day of family fun, Sunday, June 27, starting at 1 p.m. in sTudio 7. The day will include arts and crafts, balloon art, face painting, storytime, music and more. It is the launching of a children’s book, “An Angel Without Wings,” by Stacey J.S. Haggerty, illustrated by Manuela Pentangelo. To register and for more information email hybinfo@ hybfamilies.com or call 800-689- 8620. You can log on to www.hybfamil ies.com

The artists of “Left Brain/Right Brain” jump between the functions of the two hemispheres as rapidly as the electrical impulses jump the synapses between the neurons of the human nervous system. Just as the brain is integrated in its functioning, without dissecting each step, each action, each thought to identify it as the domain of the logical left brain or the instinctive right brain, the artworks participate in the playful, exuberant romp that is a thought, concepts, integration of visual stimuli and more.

Dan Guarino’s three poems, structured entities, play with words in an almost physical, sensual way, scooting along territory by their fingertips. Guarino’s photographs play with two ways of seeing – from the point of view of the seer and of the seen.

Jessica Schulman literally opens the Pandora’s box that is the mind of ‘Man’ in her photographic illustration, “Brain Splash.” Once again Schulman’s humor jumps the synapses in “Man of Letters.”

OOPS Department: Someone’s left brain was warring with his or her right brain last week. A lovely photo of the cast of RTC’s terrific production of “Cactus Flower” somehow slipped into the column. Kudos to “Cactus,” but this week Schulman’s “Man of Letters” takes its rightful (or is it leftful?) place.

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

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Attention camp parents: Please hand camp packets into the RAA office ASAP. Even if you are still waiting for the health form, hand in the rest of the packet. Thank you.

Fort Tilden Highlights

PRESENT EXHIBITS: “Left Brain/ Right Brain” in sTudio 7, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. On view through June 26. “Paintings by Susan De Castro” in sTudio 6, through June 27. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. sTudio 7 Gallery closed Sat., June 19

SUMMER SOLSTICE: Sat., June 19, 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7 – bands and more. See column.

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

MAKE MUSIC NY: Mon., June 21. See column.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: “Painting With Geoff Rawling”: Tues. 7-9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 6. $20 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: Per-forming artists of all disciplines invited. sTudio 7 stage. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Start time: 8 p.m. Join us. Free.

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