2010-08-13 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Upcoming Showcases At The RAA

The Rockaway Artists Alliance keeps the seasonal sizzle going with three back to back summer solo shows. Hosted in the sTudio 7 Gallery (building T 7) at Fort Tilden in the Rockaways, the unique talents of artists Matt Petagna, Yuri Yurov and Arthur Skowron will be showcased on three consecutive weekends through August. The Saturday/ Sunday exhibition dates will be August 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29.

“Matt’s Show” will feature the works of Matt Petagna. A painter and musician, Petagna also regularly opens the RAA’s weekly Thursday Open Mike Music Nights. His open, playful painting style has received attention in numerous RAA shows. “Matt’s Show” will be on view August 14 and 15.

Internationally noted painter, photographer and sculptor Yuri Yurov, who now makes Rockaway his home and his studio, presents a unique view in “Rockaway Artists Unframed.” For this exhibit, Yuri has invited poets, painters, writers, actors, photographers, dancers, sculptors and many more people in the arts, who live and work in Rockaway, to his studio. There, through the art of his camera and his vision, he has captured their essence in black and white portraits. The results, “Rockaway Artists Unframed,” which is also planned to yield a book, will be on view August 21 and 22. The exhibit begins with an evening opening reception on Saturday, August 21.

Many of the subjects will be seeing themselves in portrait for the first time.

The multitalented Arthur Skowron will be presenting his works in the T-7 Gallery on August 28 and 29. Musician, poet, photographer, painter and storyteller, Arthur will spotlight a sampling of his many talents in his self-named solo show. Arthur is also a member of the Rockaway Artists Alliance Writers Group.

Just when the tides of summer are washing over the Rockaways, the Rockaway Artists Alliance is rolling in new hues and views in “Matt’s Show,” “Rockaway Artists Unframed,” and “Arthur Skowron,” all in the light-filled, and air conditioned space of its sTudio 7 Gallery. Catch the wave of August artwork and come on in.

The RAA Writers Group’s next meeting will be on Sunday, August 22 from 4-6 p.m. in T-7. All are welcome.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information and directions call 718-474-0861, e-mail info@raa116.org or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

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