2011-04-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Passion And Redemption In Glass
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Detail of “Passion and Redemption – Crown of Thorns,” new glasswork by Patrick Clark on display in “Glass and Water II,” at sTudio 7 Gallery. Photo courtesy of Vivian Carter. Detail of “Passion and Redemption – Crown of Thorns,” new glasswork by Patrick Clark on display in “Glass and Water II,” at sTudio 7 Gallery. Photo courtesy of Vivian Carter. “By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea,” the story of Rockaway from its beginnings, will be presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and Bernie Feuer. Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m., using images of Old Rockaway, Feuer will recreate the earliest memories of this peninsula. Learn about the first family to settle Rockaway and the first visitors; learn and view images of how people got to Rockaway before the bridges were built; learn about and view images of the attractions that drew millions of visitors to Rockaway every summer when Rockaway was the East Coast’s premier resort; learn and view images of the transportation system that Rockaway had in those times; learn about the connection John L. Sullivan (first heavyweight boxing champion), Charlie Chaplin and Mae West had to Rockaway; learn about the two villains who destroyed Rockaway’s way of life.

In sTudio 7 last Saturday, as part of “Glass and Water II,” glass master Patrick Clark unveiled “Passion and Redemption – Crown of Thorns.” This is the first in a series of what Clark refers to as “quasi-religious art installations” titled, “Art To Die For.” According to the artist, the series evokes questions of passion, guilt, condemnation and redemption. Referring to this first of the series, Clark says, “Some people could sense a tone of sacrilege, but I don’t think that at all. I see it as an expression of devotion and love.” “The interpretation to me is deeply emotional and moving.” Further, he has written, “…the work might speak to an act of contrition.” Ultimately, it is, writes Clark, “simply a creative expression, open to whatever interpretation the eye of the beholder chooses to make.”

“Central Park,” of which I wrote last week, and “Passion and Redemption,” Clark says, “are two of the first original works I have done just to create art,” rather than the commissioned pieces and restoration work for which the artist has become so well-known. Clark speaks of the “pleasure and fun” of being “captivated by the passion of creating.”

Viva Vivino Night: Friday, April 29. How many times have you been WOWED by the dazzling costumes in Rockaway Theatre Company productions like “The King and I” and “My Fair Lady”? How much pleasure have you gotten from laughing at a magnificently flouncy gown worn by an overthe top character like the Countess in “The Women”? Those costumes didn’t happen by themselves. Peggy Vivino, master costumier for the Rockaway Theatre Company, has dressed the often huge casts of countless RTC productions, frequently hand making many of them; often making brilliant clothing out of, sometimes, not much more than remnants. You’re always in good, loving hands with Peggy V. Have your children or your neighbor’s kids had their lives changed by new worlds opened up to them through RTC’s Young People’s Theatre Workshops? Peggy has spent countless hours to help build those workshops. For more than 15 years Peggy has worked for this community. She has organized the Addabbo Medical Center’s annual Christmas party for the community’s kids. Well now is the time for our community to give something back to Peggy Vivino. Peggy has been fighting cancer. The bills have been mounting. You know – the ones that just can’t be cov- ered by insurance and income. Opening night for the riotous comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor” is Friday, April 29, 8- 11p.m. in the Post Theater, Fort Tilden. It will be the night of a Fundraiser for Peggy V. The evening will offer gift baskets; raffle prizes will include season passes to RTC; gifts will be available for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to Peggy V. and her family Reserve your tickets now: 718-374-6400, rockaway theatrecompany.org. It doesn’t take much to give back to one who gives us so much.

April 29 deadlines: Concept deadline for “RAA Goes Golfing.” Call Geoff at 718-634-6998 to discuss. Submission deadline for “Nature” and “Tomorrow’s Art Today” which poses the question, “What is modern art in the 21st century?” Visit RAA website for prospectus and entry form. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

kidsmART corner

camp kidsmART: July 11-August 18, 2011; Monday-Thursday; new hours are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Limited number of applications still available. For children who have completed kindergarten through grade 7. For more info including tuition rate contact RAA office. Once your child is registered for camp, camp packets will be available May 16 at the RAA office.

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 and special events.
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.
Rockaway Theatre Co., Post Theater, Fort Tilden. Opening night of the riotous comedy,
“Lend Me a Tenor.” See column.

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