2011-06-03 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

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Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Crocodile Rock,” photograph by Dina Kaliko, on display through June 26 in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. “Crocodile Rock,” photograph by Dina Kaliko, on display through June 26 in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Peggy Vivino was a wonder. I saw her turn chaos to order and ordinary to extraordinary. Her skill, imagination and sense of humor touched everyone and everything with which she came in contact.

It was her feisty spirit and courage that kept her fighting … and living.

I think triumph is not determined by outcome. It is defined by the valor and humanity shown in the battle.

Peggy Vivino triumphed. Viva Vivino!

The guest speaker at the June 13 general meeting of RAA will be painter Nita Talbot. As part of “Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival,” now at the Brooklyn Historical Society through August 14, Talbot has created vibrant portraits of a diverse cast of immigrants from around the world who have come to settle in Brooklyn.

These portraits are the visual translations of the immigrants’ recorded narratives that form the structure of the exhibit. Poetry and personal objects help fill out the dimensions of the intimate histories of the struggles and victories of people making new lives in what was a foreign land.

In visual language the portraits tell the complex stories of the lives of individuals who are the strands of the complex fabric of a borough, of a city and of a multi-layered culture. More in next week’s column about Talbot and “Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival.”

RAA general meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are held the second Monday of every month in sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Fort Tilden.

The next RAA Writers Group event will be at the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, which boasts its own writers group, next to Peninsula Hospital Center, on Sunday, June 26 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. More about ‘RAA on the Road’ in a future column.

Christian Le Gars, who may or may not still be in Paris (read last week’s column), is featured in two books: “Best Watercolor Artists in America” and the annual publication, “Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists.”

In “Tomorrow’s Art Today,” an exhibit that explores the art beyond the image, Anne Francis Clinton accompanies her visual artwork with a treatise on the common currents of symbols and metaphors to create imagry in poetry and painting. The exhibit continues in sTudio 6 through June 26.

As you probably read in a brilliant page two article in The Wave a week or two ago (the writer’s name escapes me for the moment), artist/filmmaker/ writer Robert Sarnoff has written and illustrated a funny, clever new book, got a minute? humorous travel tales and tips, available on iPads, Kindles and Nooks, that is now available via lulu.com as a hardcopy. Ah, the best of all worlds.


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

“Tomorrow’s Art Today,” is in sTudio 6, Fort
Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway Center for the
Arts). It poses the question, What is ‘modern art’ in the 21st century? “Nature: Fur,
Flora and Fauna,” in sTudio 7, invites
artists to go wild and au naturel (au really?).
Also in sTudio 7 is “Geoff’s Art Class,” the
best of works produced in the class of RAA
President Geoff Rawling. Dates: through
June 26. Fort Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway
Center for the Arts). Gallery hours: Sat. and
Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free
admission to exhibit, reception and special
“Painting With Geoff Rawling”: Tues. 7-9
p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 6.
$20 per class, supplies included.
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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