2011-04-08 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Three Exhibits Opening Sunday
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“The Porch,” watercolor painting by Arlene Cornell; one of the artworks in the “Glass and Water II” exhibit in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, through May 8. “The Porch,” watercolor painting by Arlene Cornell; one of the artworks in the “Glass and Water II” exhibit in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, through May 8. The breathtaking clarity of transparent watercolor; the sparkling dance of glass. The shimmer of light is the common denominator; and windows invite the viewer through to that world of light. Gallery goers this weekend will be treated to the opening of three new shows at the Rockaway Center for the Arts in Fort Tilden. A Sunday reception, from 12 to 4 p.m. in RAA’s sTudio 7 Gallery, will introduce visitors to the artwork and the artists who created that work. It will also feature a small tasting of delights from the new Thai Rock Restaurant and Music House, opening soon at Beach 94 Street and the bay.

Two invitational shows grace sTudio 7, curated by Christian Le Gars and Renée Radenberg. RAA is proud to collaborate with the Brooklyn Watercolor Society and the Rockaway Artists Alliance Glass Artists to present “Glass and Water II,” on view through May 8. “Windows,” in sTudio 6 Gallery, is an exhibit that brings visitors ‘through the looking glass’ to enjoy the frequently imaginative interpretations of that enticingly ‘open’ theme.

For 40 years the Brooklyn Watercolor Society has exhibited extensively in New York and beyond. Member work, as a group and as individuals, has been seen in well-known venues that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. BWS is composed of professional watercolorists, many of whom teach art and/or have studied with prestigious teachers, dedicated to encouraging interest in transparent watercolor through a variety of activities. They can be found at www.bws.org.

On display in sTudio 7 is a stunning array of work, by 21 artists, that includes landscapes, seascapes, florals and still lifes. On a personal note, this columnist is very pleased to see the watercolors of well-known local artist, and an RAA founding member, Arlene Cornell back at RAA, and for the first time at an RAA Fort Tilden gallery. Welcome back, Arlene.

In works that include “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Sonata With Sun,” Irina Dzevel has created a series of paintings that, the artist says, “express music through color.” The pieces are beautifully loose and flowing. Dzevel says, “Watercolor is very challenging, but gives a range of how to express yourself. [But] One must control the watercolor to express an idea.” Ellen Hoyt, also a member of RAA, is a master of her medium. In “First Snow” she displays that mastery, using techniques that range from wet into wet, to drybrush, to splattering to the subtle use of hints of white gouache. The purity of the snowy white paper is given vibrancy by its contrast with the extraordinary colors found in winter and an unexpectedly pulsating dark blue sky.

The luminosity and energy of glass (sculptures, stained glass windows, and mobiles) is the other presence in sTudio 7, that showcases the work of nine artists. More about the “Glass” half of “Glass and Water II” next week. A teaser: Renée Radenberg makes use of fused glass in her work, producing what she calls “a rainbow of colors.”

“Windows” presents many intriguing works, including an actual ancient sash window painted with vegetable-like items. Forming a spontaneous union of sorts between the shows in the two gallery buildings, Penelope Atheras, an artist agile in many disciplines, created a painting of a stained glass window as a step in fashioning that window. That painting now rests on display in sTudio 6. More about all three shows in the coming weeks.

Do you want a fantastic shopping day at Lord & Taylor with a coupon? On April 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Lord & Taylor in Garden City, L.I., RAA will be involved with a fundraising event. The coupon cost is only $5 and the $5 helps support Rockaway Artists Alliance.

Save 20 percent on one special item, save 15 percent all day long.

There will be entertainment, raffles and giveaways! For more information visit www.lordandtaylor.com SHOP SMART, do good!

Many thanks to SheeLaa the Dog Faced Lady (whose ‘altered’ ego is the glorious Matt Smilardi), Diva of Dogs; and to Kalin Callaghan (Kaz’s Mommy) for the very successful April Fool’s fun(d)raiser. sTudio 7 was packed with happy, peppy people. 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.rockawayartists-alliance.org

For information call RAA at 718-474-0861.

Fort Tilden Highlights

Apr. 10, 12-4 p.m. in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts)
for “Windows” (sTudio 6) and “Glass & Water II,” (sTudio 7) a collaboration of
Brooklyn Watercolor Society and Rockaway Glass Artists, in sTudio 7. Gallery
hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Free admission to exhibit, reception and special events.
Dates: Apr. 9-May 8.
April 17- Watercolor demonstration by Ellen Hoyt 1-3 p.m.
May 1- Watercolor demonstration by Terry Ferrier 1-3 p.m.
May 7 - Evening Closing Art and Music Affair 7-11p.m.
Mon., Apr. 11, 7:30 p.m., sTudio 6.
Guest presenter: Wave cartoonist and author Elgin Bolling.
Sun., May 1, 4-6 p.m., sTudio 6.

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