2011-02-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Opening Reception
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein


“Tulip,” a photograph by Ralph Petagna. One of the artworks in “The Life of Still Objects” opening Sunday at sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. “Tulip,” a photograph by Ralph Petagna. One of the artworks in “The Life of Still Objects” opening Sunday at sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Rockaway is a way of seeing and perceiving; a mindset, a state of breathing; a spiritual state; well beyond being a strip of color on a cartographic mass of blue. Our peninsula and its environs have long been the inspiration, the creative nourishment for artists of many disciplines. Painters, printmakers, musicians, dancers, writers, actors; the list goes on and on. Artists who have come and stayed, or come and returned. Whether the art was a direct representation or a translation; a transcription from one creative key to another.

A dual arts event on Sunday, February 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center celebrates and illuminates the ecological and emotional power exerted by our bay on its artists. “RAA on the Bay” is an exhibit, presently at the center, of paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by RAA members that vibrate with the beauty, moods and intangible inspirations of the bay and its surroundings. To celebrate the exhibit and the bay, “Words for the Birds and Art in the Park” will feature the RAA Writers Group performing readings of prose, poetry and short plays created by local writers influenced variously by their surroundings. The afternoon will include live performances of acoustic music. The event is free and open to the public.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is located on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. To learn more about this year-round local treasure visit: http:/ www.nyharborparks.org/visit/jaba.ht ml or call 718-318-4340.

Opening reception for “The Life of Still Objects” is this Sunday, February 20, 12-4 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA. (See gray box for dates and gallery hours.) Accompanying the column this week is the sensual black and white photographic portrait of a tulip by Ralph Petagna. “Tulip” is one of the many artworks now gracing sTudio 6. RAA CONTACT INFO: 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: through 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.rockawayartistsalli ance.org

For information call RAA at 718-474- 0861.

Fort Tilden Highlights

OPENING RECEPTION: The opening reception for “The Life of Still Objects” is Sun., Feb. 20, 12-4 p.m. in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts). The exhibit explores the motion and emotion in the world of objects that may be still but never static. On view February 19 – March 27. Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission to exhibit, reception and special events. NEXT RAA WRITERS GROUP EVENT: Sunday, February 27, 2-4 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. See column. 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.

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