2010-09-03 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

ARTSPLASH Coming; August Shining
by Susan Hartenstein

Caption: “Lemonade Stand,” photograph by Stephanie Schmidt. One of the artworks in ARTSPLASH, opening September 12 in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Caption: “Lemonade Stand,” photograph by Stephanie Schmidt. One of the artworks in ARTSPLASH, opening September 12 in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. A special RAA Writers Group event is scheduled for Sunday, September 26, starting at 1 or 1:30 p.m. (stay tuned to this column for exact time) with live music, in sTudio 7. The performances start at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. All prose, poetry and plays performed will be original, by group members. The event takes place during the run of ARTSPLASH and is in lieu of the September group meeting.

If you would like to become a member of the Writers Group, contact Dan Guarino at TWCgxwgj@aol.com. For members who wish to participate in the event, send Dan a) your name, b) the title of your piece(s), c) the genre i.e. short play, poetry, prose, etc. and d) the type of piece, i.e. is it a comedy, drama, etc. Up to ten minutes stage time will be allotted for poetry, prose, music, et al.;15-20 minutes for a short play. ALL Pieces Must Be Original.

You can have someone read for you if you do not wish to read yourself. Playwrights will need to recruit and rehearse their own actors. But we do have a number of talented performers who are members. Anyone wishing to volunteer as a reader/actor should also contact Guarino.

August has been far from a sleepy summer month at RAA. sTudio 7 has been crackling with the energy of excellent, significant artwork, the fresh vision of emerging talent.

First up in the month were the humorous, ‘crowd-pleasing’ acrylic paintings of Matthew Petagna, on display in “Matt’s Show.” There is little I could add to the many words of praise in this newspaper for the glowing, profound photographic portraits taken by Yuri Yurov and exhibited in “Rockaway Artists Unframed.” More than an artistic accomplishment, it was a spiritual communion of the creative souls of our peninsula. Thanks in large measure to the guiding, loving hands of Marina Callaghan in bringing that goal to fruition.

The exhibit’s reception was made as delicious as it was by the generosity of the friends and supporters who put their hearts and kitchens into yet another aspect of the event’s spirit of togetherness by contributing food and drink to the evening. The musicians and writers who performed were fitting illustrations of the talent that inhabits our Rockaway. Among them were the fabulous Guy Nevirs and the equally fab John Simonelli. I’m forgetting people, it’s 11:35 p.m. and I’m exhausted. So more thank yous next week when I’m awake. Golly, it’s been a tough week.

“The Art of Arthur Skowron” reminded us of one of the most significant, uplifting aspects of the Rockaway Artists Alliance – its ability to be a welcoming, supportive haven for young talented artists. Skowron has a fresh, original vision that grabs the eye and the mind and keeps them fixed on the image, to roam, to fly adventurously, instinctively, philosophically, intellectually, metaphysically through its landscape. His paintings of fish are so alive. They draw the viewer into them – there appears to be a real emotional, empathetic connection between painter and subject. Each is a story that seems to be told from the point of view of the fish. The colors and textures of the thickened paint add to their vibrancy.

The Saturday reception was highlighted by Skowron’s talents as a poet and musician, playing everything from Beatles to Chopin to Pink Floyd.

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

kidsmART corner: camp kidsmART parents: If you have purchased a Slice of Summer 2010 DVD, they are now available at RAA’s office. Stop by anytime 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday – Thursday or Friday 9 a.m.-1p.m. If you did not pre-order and would like a Slice of Summer 2010, extras are available, $15 for one DVD.

Fort Tilden Highlights:

NEXT EXHIBIT: “ARTSPLASH” is the annual multimedia showcase for visual and performing artists, presented in sTudio 7 Gallery, the outdoor sculpture garden and on the indoor and outdoor stages at the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. On view Sept. 12-Oct. 10 , 2010. Reception: Sun., Sept. 12 in sTudio 7, 12-4 p.m. Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission to exhibit, reception and special events.

INKSPLASH: Printmaking exhibition. Oct. 9-Nov. 7 in sTudio 6, RoCA.

RAA WRITERS GROUP EVENT: Sun., Sept. 26 starting 1 or 1:30 p.m. in sTudio 7. See column for details.

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.

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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