2010-06-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Final Weekend Of Two Exhibits
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Green Liquor,” oil on canvas, part of “Paintings by Susan De Castro.” This is the final weekend to see the exhibit at RoCA, Fort Tilden. “Green Liquor,” oil on canvas, part of “Paintings by Susan De Castro.” This is the final weekend to see the exhibit at RoCA, Fort Tilden. A Call to Artists: “Salute to Rockaway,” July 17 – August 1, in sTudio 7 Gallery

Artists may display six pieces of wall art that have to do with Rockaway or Broad Channel in some way. 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.

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 Channel 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.hyb families.com

Looking for some good places, fairly close, to draw and paint ‘en plein aire’ – that is, out of doors? Allow me to share with you a few of the places I’ve found. Fort Tilden is full of scenic, quiet spots. In the area that many of us call the back fort you will find much to translate with your pencil, brush or whatever is your tool(s) of preference. Shore Road will take you past grass and plant covered dunes on both sides. There are breaks to the left that you are permitted to climb over to the beach. On your right are marked paths lead into the ‘forested’ dunes. They are covered with rosa rugosa, Virginia creeper (which turns a stunning bright crimson in the fall) and other beautiful and interesting plants and shrubs. Follow the marked paths through that section and you will find ponds and an overlook from which you can see much of the area. In fact, all of Fort Tilden has beautiful vistas, both up close and at a distance.

The Atlantic Ocean from the beach and/or boardwalk is a terrific subject in all its moods. But have you considered Jamaica Bay? I often go to Tribute Park to sit quietly on one of the many benches, contemplate the significance of where I am and capture the beauty surrounding me. The possibilities are many. The bay and shore, the birds, the plants and shrubs so lovingly tended by the volunteers who care for the park. There are other settings from which to view the bay. The Wharf rest-aurant is a perfect place to eat a leisurely lunch, stroked by soft breezes of the spring and summer, while drawing the water, shore, islands and city beyond. Misty weather is equally inviting.

Of course, there is the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge just across the Crossbay Bridge, particularly exciting during the bird migration seasons. The paths take you along the shore, ponds and into wooded areas. Calm and tranquility inhabit the refuge, as well as all sorts of wildlife and flora. All of these areas are breathtakingly colorful in the fall.

A little further away is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The scenic views are quite varied, from formal gardens to lawns covered by towering trees to a conservatory that also hosts art exhibits. Visit bbg.org for hours of operation, foliage and plants in season, etc. Some venues have particular restrictions – for example, some will not allow artists to block narrow paths; some restrict certain types of art materials, because of issues of disposal. So always check if there are any rules first.

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 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.

Many congratulations to PS 104 graduates. Special congratulations to valedictorian Bukola Oloyede and salutatorian Raquel Francis, both kidsmART kids.

Fort Tilden Highlights

FINAL WEEKEND: “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.

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 Bain-bridge”: 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.

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