2011-01-07 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

The Sloop ‘Clearwater’ at RAA
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Caption: “People at a Meeting,” photograph by Dan Guarino, part of “Reflections,” beginning January 15 at sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Caption: “People at a Meeting,” photograph by Dan Guarino, part of “Reflections,” beginning January 15 at sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. The next RAA general meeting will be Monday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Artists, whether members or non-members, are encouraged to bring their work to display and receive (if desired) friendly, constructive comment.

The guest speaker will be Vivian Carter, who will present a slide show, complete with background music, about her October 2010 sail as an education volunteer on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the 40-year-old flagship floating classroom that, as Carter says, “launched [an] environmental movement by inspiring thousands of Americans to become involved in efforts to clean up pollution in the Hudson River.”

Carter is a writer, lawyer and former teacher who writes the Wave column, “Rock Solid.” The grass roots non-profit Clearwater organization was established 40 years ago by folksinger Pete Seeger and has effectively and peacefully fought for the life of the great river and of the people and places along its long path. Jamaica Bay is part of its estuary system. Carter says, “This compelling story of committed civic activism is a tale of hope that many believe should be spread far and wide.” Come hear and see this fascinating story at RAA.

Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc. is on Facebook. Become a fan of the page and stay updated on events, view pictures of artists and their work, see members at their best and friends of Rockaway Artists Alliance. If you have pictures or videos that you would like to see on Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc. Facebook page, please forward them to board member John Grillo at Grilloinrock@aol.com, or to the administrative office at info@raa116.org for approval to be posted to the page.

At this time of the year, when many of us reflect on the past year and project into the future, it seems appropriate to respond to the cries and whispers over the past months of the thousands and thousands (and thousands) of fans of “From the Artist’s Studio” (and in honor of New Years past and present) by offering you …yes …wait for it … a Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz. (Try to control your excitement.)

As you know from previous Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quizzes, I not only don’t mind you looking up the answers in a book, Internet source or going to your strange but knowledgeable cousin Lew with the blue hair, I encourage it. How else will you become as thoroughly brilliant about ART as I (yes, ‘I,’ not ‘me’)

And what better subject for the Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz than J.M.W. Turner, one of my favorite artists, about whom there was a program the other night on PBS. Check wnet.org to find out when the program will be repeated. If you don’t know Turner’s work, please do yourself a favor and watch. If you do know him, watch. He is well worth it. OK, here goes. Answers will be found in next week’s column.

What do the J, M and W stand for in the name J.M.W. Turner?

During what centuries did Turner live?

What 19th Century French ‘school’ of painting did Turner’s work highly influence? How so?

For which of these types of paintings was Turner primarily known: still lifes, portraits or landscapes?

Other than painting, for what medium of art was Turner well known?

Describe Turner’s mature work and the unique way he applied paint. (This last one will earn you bonus points.)


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

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT GENERAL MEETING: Mon., Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Guest presenter: Vivian Carter offers a presentation on the Hudson River sloop Clearwater and the major environmental movement it has fostered. See column for more details. NEXT EXHIBITION: “Reflections”. In sTudio 6, Fort Tilden, RoCA. Dates: Jan. 15-Feb. 6. Reception: Sun., Jan. 16, 12-4 p.m. Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission to reception, exhibit and special events. NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., Jan. 23, 4-6 p.m. in sTudio 6. 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 ON HIATUS: Yoga With Mary Lou is on hiatus until the spring. Watch this column for resumption date.

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