2010-11-12 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

The ‘Gift’ Is Opened This Weekend

“Native,” block print by Nancy Egan. One of the artworks in “Gifted,” the member holiday exhibit beginning this weekend at sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Opening reception: Sun., Nov. 14, 12-4 p.m. “Native,” block print by Nancy Egan. One of the artworks in “Gifted,” the member holiday exhibit beginning this weekend at sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Opening reception: Sun., Nov. 14, 12-4 p.m. RAA Seeks Talent for Gallery Events and General Meetings:

If you have a talent and an idea for workshops, music, dance, literary, drama/comedy, demonstration/lecture events, THE RAA WANTS YOU. We’re looking for engaging, informative, entertaining, educational and artistic programs to bring people into our galleries during our exhibitions and throughout the year. Have something in mind? Call the RAA office and let’s talk!

The Rockaway Artists Alliance Presents … Vous! Every month the RAA general meeting hosts a new and different presentation featuring someone sharing her/his unique abilities, demonstrating his/her art or talking about art topics of interest to all. Previous presentations have included everything from cake decorating to metal casting, musical interludes to literary performances to film. Have something to share? Contact the RAA office and let us know!

Excellence was the defining word for InkSplash, from opening reception through closing reception. The printmaking exhibition gracing RAA’s sTudio 6 Gallery presented artwork done in a diverse range of printmaking techniques, often combining those techniques, from the traditional to the experimental; the participating artists thus demonstrated the expanding potential for creative expression in this medium.

The closing reception on Sunday, November 1 fittingly included an enlightening talk presented by several of the artists explaining the techniques they used.

Thank you to the artists (including Lenore Lim, braving Marathon Day traffic) who provided such insight into a medium that often seems distant and too difficult to the non-practitioner. They dispelled that misconception by simplifying and making printmaking understandable and approachable. Thanks go to the very attentive, receptive audience.

Your support makes these events possible. One married couple was about to leave, but upon learning of the talk that was to be given, turned around and came back into the gallery. Thank you, as always, to Penelope Atheras and Janet Dever for the beautifully presented refreshments.

Most especially, congratulations to InkSplash curator Christian Le Gars. It was this master printmaker’s vision, determination, charm and intimate knowledge of the printmaking world that created this exceptional exhibit and brought it to the RAA gallery. It also placed RAA on the website of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), whose prestigious annual Print Fair just closed at the Armory in Manhattan.

In addition, Le Gars has plans for a printmaking workshop at RAA in the near future.

“Gifted,” RAA’s annual holiday member exhibit, is on view Saturday, November 13 through Sunday, December 12. Each year treasures are found by visitors to sTudio 6 Gallery to bring home as gifts of the season to share with loved ones. Join RAA to welcome in the season with refreshments and live entertainment at the opening reception for “Gifted” on Sunday, November 14 from 12 to 4 p.m. Participating artists will be available to discuss their work. See gray box for gallery hours and more.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEW EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION: “Gifted,” RAA’s annual holiday exhibit in sTudio 6, RoCA. Dates: Sat., Nov. 13-Sun., Dec. 12. Reception: Sun., Nov. 14, 12-4 p.m. Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission to exhibit, reception and special events. NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., Nov. 21, 4-6 p.m., 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.

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

kidsmART corner

The kidsmART After-School Program 2010-2011 is free. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden. Dates and times: October 18, 2010 to April 14, 2011; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. On-site registration is available. Applications can also be downloaded from RAA’s Website: www.rockawayartistsalliance. org. Entrance is on a first come first serve basis. Once the maximum capacity is reached we will invite your child to attend the next day kidsmART is in session.

Children grades K-8 are eligible

Your child/children may attend 1, 2 or all 3 days

Homework assistance begins at 3:00 p.m.

Early pick-up is permitted. For information call RAA at 718-474-0861

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