2011-09-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

ARTSPLASH Opening Reception Sunday
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Europa,” giclée print on canvas by Yuri Yurov, presently on view at RAA’s ARTSPLASH exhibit in Fort Tilden. “Europa,” giclée print on canvas by Yuri Yurov, presently on view at RAA’s ARTSPLASH exhibit in Fort Tilden. Fort Tilden Highlights

Sept. 18, 12-4 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Art, food, live entertainment including the band Hudson’s Hope. Free admission to reception and exhibit.
ARTSPLASH 2011: RAA’s annual juried, multimedia
showcase for visual and performing arts. Sat., Sept.10-
Sun., Oct.16. free admission. Gallery hrs.: Sat.s and
Sun.s 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.
SPECIAL EVENT: Sun., Sept. 18, 1 p.m., sTudio 7.
Doreen Lynn Saunders presents “The Americana Stars
Memorial.” See column.
INKSPLASH 2011: Oct. 9-Nov. 6. Opening reception:
Oct. 9. The work of local artists and of some of the finest
printmakers in the world. Deadline for receipt of entries
extended to Sept. 16.
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.

During the opening weekend of ARTSPLASH 2011, on Sunday, September 11, the presentation by Doreen Lynn Saunders of her commemorative needlework/ textile work, “The Americana Stars Memorial,” was so well received, she has been asked to return on Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m. to give a second presentation. The beautiful, colorful fabric art piece will, upon completion, consist of 50 panels of blue Aida fabric, each panel containing 64 cross-stitched Le Moyne stars (an eight-pointed star) each star representing someone who died on 9/11 and the victims who died in the 1993 bombing of WTC. The 210-foot wide ‘mural’ honors not just those people, but also the principles of inclusiveness and universality that were part of what fostered this project. Saunders will display images of the completed portions and will discuss the fascinating journey of dedication that has been the 8 ½-year story of this work. She will also give the public an opportunity to assist and support the completion of “The Americana Stars Memorial.” To find out more about this ambitious tribute, go to: www.Americana Stars.org

“Local Oceanscapes: Photography by Stephanie Schmidt” will be on view Saturday, September 17 through Sunday, October 2 in sTudio 6. The awardwinning photographer’s stunning work has appeared in several RAA shows and Schmidt was recently invited to exhibit her work at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Award-winning artist and art educator Marc Josloff will be judge for the awards given annually for the best work in several categories of the artworks displayed in ARTSPLASH. The judging will take place this Sunday. Exhibited in galleries throughout the New York metropolitan area, Josloff has a painting in the permanent collection of the Art Students League.

The cutting edge theatrical experience that is Dzieci’s Makbet is coming to RAA’s sTudio 7 on Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m., as part of the ARTSPLASH arts event. A gypsy tribe greets you with song and dance, drinks and divination, then embarks on the wild whirlwind of a ritual that is their show. Called “an immersion beneath the skin of Shakespeare, an explosion of the art of storytelling,” audiences have used such accolades as “absolutely liberating,” “wonderful,” “remarkable,” “profound and exhilarating,” “spellbinding,” “fearless,” “amazing,” “engulfing, just wow.”

From a distant glance, especially if the glancer is nearsighted, the works look like the ‘overly’ realistic paintings of 19th Century French academic artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. But on closer view, one discovers surreal, brilliant, thought-prodding, mind-jolting, emotion-enticing, computer-manipulated giclée prints. Photographic images juxtaposed, words overlaid; entities placed to satisfy, jar and enrapture. These are artworks of Yuri Yurov; part of this year’s ARTSPLASH, the multi-media autumn celebration of the arts that will be on display in Fort Tilden through Sunday, October 16 in the galleries and stages of the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA).

Local historian Bernie Feuer will present the latest in his Rockaway History Series – The Jamaica Bay Story – Sunday, September 25 at 1 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery. The audience of the multimedia PowerPoint presentation will be privy to historic images, learn about the bay of yesterday and today, the Native Americans and early settlers who lived on its shores, the devastating plane crash into its waters, and more of the rich story of the bay we call home.

Several RAA artists will be among the more than 300 artists participating in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition fall group show “Tales of Breukelen.” Featured in the show will be an exhibit by the Brooklyn Watercolor Society displaying paintings depicting Brooklyn scenes, curated by RAA board member Christian Le Gars, who has co-curated the highly acclaimed “Glass and Water” and Ink- Splash in the RAA galleries.

The 24 watercolor artists include RAA members Le Gars, Arlene Cornell, Ellen Hoyt (who also participates in “Breu-kelen”) and Stephen Yaeger. Other RAA artists in “Tales of Breukelen” include Jim Cantirino and Renée Radenberg. The show will be on view September 17-October 16 in the BWAC’s enormous Civil War-era warehouse gallery at 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brook-lyn, weekends 12-5 p.m. Visit: bwac.org RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

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