2011-04-15 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Perfect Harmonies


“Snow and Windows,” oil on board by Ludmila Vaynberg. “Snow and Windows,” oil on board by Ludmila Vaynberg. A stunning exhibit that discovers the connection that vibrates between the shimmering radiance of transparent watercolor and the luminosity inherent in the art of glass, “Glass and Water II” showcases the paintings of 21 members of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society and nine Rockaway Artists Alliance Glass Artists. The artworks of “Glass and Water II” are rendered by premier practitioners of their disciplines. It is the very nature of their brilliance that gives truth and life to the delicate harmonies present in the spaces of the gallery. Curators Christian Le Gars and Renee Radenberg, Geoff Rawling, who hung the exhibit and glass artists Patrick Clark, Esther Grillo and Anne Hourigan, who installed their own work, have mounted a flowing showcase in which the two art forms balance, intermingle and complement each other. The light shining through several of the hanging stained glass works, hung at just the right distance from the white walls, throws colors echoed by the watercolors hung in perfect proximity. With the instincts and touch of a master surgeon, those responsible for the look of “Glass and Water II” have found the combinations that work best together.

Last week I wrote about some of the watercolors in “G and W II.” This week, a light on the glass and a window into “Windows,” a second exhibit in sTudio 6 Gallery. George Marian’s “Rockaway Park” is, literally, a breathtaking work of stained glass, containing semi-precious stones. It hangs over the archway in sTudio 7, looking down at the exhibit like an idol – to inspire and to be wondered at. On Saturday, April 16, Marian will unveil a second stained glass work of his to hang next to “Rockaway Park.”

Renee Radenberg is exhibiting her fused glasswork for the first time in Rockaway – two mobiles and a glass sculpture, “Dragon.” One uses powdered glass, known as Fritz. The glass is fused in layers in a kiln. The process can be done in one fusing or in several. Layers of different colored glass can be fused and then cut across to produce a striping of colors. Two layers of glass are fused and the striped pieces laid on top and melted into that glass. Num-erous steps are involved and different pieces require different temperatures – anywhere from 1200 to 1600 degrees.

Glass master Patrick Clark says of his work, “Central Park,” that this represents a new approach to glass for him. He is starting, he explains, to do more artwork on his own [that is, as opposed to commissioned work], in his own style, though he will continue to do the commissioned pieces for which he is so well known. Of “Central Park,” which is rendered with flowing, organic shapes, Clark says he had a watercolor effect in mind, believing it would work well with the muted watercolor painting style that would be surrounding it in the gallery.

“Windows” in sTudio 6 presents some intriguing, playful and exciting interpretations of ‘windows.’ Martha Killian has used the marvelous abandoned buildings in the back fort of Fort Tilden. Dilapidated, decaying temples to tenacity, these windowless and doorless structures are perfect subjects for portraits of aged survivors. Killian has captured their quirky character in paintings and a photograph, “Windows to the Past.” In “Snow and Windows,” Ludmila Vaynberg captures in paint the extraordinary light of a street lamp that filters through a snowstorm.

Thanks to those who made the opening reception on April 10 such a success. They include Penelope Atheras, Janet Dever and Renee Radenberg. And thanks to Gary Russo, who entertained the large, very pleased crowd. A big hit was the food brought from Thai Rock, the new restaurant and music house, soon to open at 375 Beach 92 Street. Delicious.

An artist’s reception will take place Saturday, April 16 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife refuge, 1-3 p.m. for Stephanie Schmidt’s excellent “Focus on Jamaica Bay” exhibit of landscape and seascape photographs taken primarily in Gateway National Recreation Area. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

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Another successful year has come to an end at kidsmART.

Fort Tilden Highlights

PRESENT RAA EXHIBITS: Through
May 8: “Windows,” in sTudio 6, Fort
Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway Center for
the Arts); “Glass & Water II,” a collaboration of Brooklyn Watercolor Society
and Rockaway Glass Artists, in sTudio
7. Blending the luminosity and energy
of glass with the transparency and
vibrancy of watercolor. Gallery hours:
Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by
appointment. Free admission to exhibit, reception and special events.
SPECIAL ‘GLASS AND WATER II
EVENTS: 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.
NEXT RAA WRITERS GROUP
MEETING: Sun., May 1, 4-6 p.m.,
sTudio 6.
VIVA VIVINO NIGHT! FUNDRAISER
FOR PEGGY VIVINO: Fri., Apr. 29, 8-
11 p.m., Rockaway Theatre Co., Post
Theater, Fort Tilden. Opening night of
riotous comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor.”
Gifts, raffles, etc.
All proceeds donated to Peggy V. and
family in her personal battle against
cancer.
Reserve tix now: 718-374-6400, rockawaytheatrecompany.org.

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