2010-08-13 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Two Special Weekend Exhibits
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Matt’s Show,” which will be presented in sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts, Fort Tilden, features Matthew Petagna’s colorful 24-inch by 36-inch portraits of characters from The Simpsons, Sponge Bob and Cleveland. The exhibit runs for one weekend, August 13 and August 14. The reception is August 14, 12-4 p.m. in sTudio 7. Gallery hours both days are 12-4 p.m. Admission is free. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Hormone Foundation, Dr. Maria I. New and Bridge to Youth for Autistic Children.

“Rockaway Artists Unframed” opens with a reception on the evening of Saturday, August 21 at 7 p.m. in sTudio 7. Its special limited run continues the next day, Sunday, August 22, 12-4 p.m. only. The reception and exhibit are free to the public.

“Rockaway Artists Unframed” is an extraordinary collection of black and white photographic portraits by Yuri Yurov of more than 125 artists who live and/or work in Rockaway. A brilliant artistic achievement, it is meant, equally, to be an historical document that preserves and reveals images of visual, performing and literary creative people who have influenced the character of our peninsula and have been influenced and inspired by the place they have chosen to gather. Steadily, perhaps subtly their numbers grow – actors, dancers, painters, sculptors, writers, musicians have found their way to this peninsula; or have been born and remained or returned here. Among them are young actors of the Rockaway Theatre Company; veterans like RTC Artistic Director John Gilleece; kidsmART teen assistants; master printmaker Christian Le Gars, who will be bringing fellow master printmakers to Rockaway to teach a workshop. And those not affiliated with one particular group. All are among the 125.

Yurov is an award-winning artist accomplished in many mediums. He is on exhibit internationally. For Yurov “Rockaway Artists Unframed” began simply as portraits of a few of his artist friends. As those portraits grew in number, he realized that this could be a project with a much greater goal. The project defined itself.

All the portraits have the same setting, lighting and format. All are printed by the artist using high quality materials and techniques to produce crystal clear images. What changes is the subject. What is revealed by the art of the photographer, what emerges is the life, energy, spirit and the indefinable creative force that emanates from each.

For more information: contact Rockaway Artists Alliance at 718-474-0861; info@raa116.org or Yuri Yurov at 718- 318-0491, yuri@yyyurov.com, or log on to www.yyyurov.com

RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

Fort Tilden Highlights NEXT RAA EXHIBIT: The weekend of August 14 and 15, “Matt’s Show” will feature the large comic acrylic paintings of Matthew Petagna, with a reception on August 14, 12-4 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS: The weekend of August 21 and 22, in sTudio 6, the incisive black and white photographic portraits by Yuri Yurov of visual, literary and performing artists who live and/or work in Rockaway. An extraordinary accomplishment – a visual document of the artists who help define our peninsula. See column for more. The art of Arthur Skowron, on exhibit at RAA August 28 an 29. More on both exhibits in later columns. NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., Aug. 22, 4 p.m. in sTudio 7. 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: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. sTudio 7 stage. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Start time: 8 p.m. Join us. Free. THURS. NIGHT YOGA: Free, on Thurs., 7-8 p.m. in sTudio 7, Yoga With Mary Lou.

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