2011-09-30 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

RAA At Home And Away
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Dare to Dream,” charcoal drawing by Raina Dziuk, winner of the Best Graphic Arts award at ARTSPLASH exhibit in sTudio 7. “Dare to Dream,” charcoal drawing by Raina Dziuk, winner of the Best Graphic Arts award at ARTSPLASH exhibit in sTudio 7. ARTSPLASH, the multimedia exhibit that showcases visual, performing and literary arts each fall at RAA, has much to please and excite the visitor. The month-long event continues through October 16. This year, awardwinning artist and art educator Marc Josloff judged awards in several categories for ARTSPLASH. RAA extends its thanks to Mr. Josloff.

And the winners are: Best in Show – “Artist and Model,” giclée print by Yuri Yurov; Best Oil – “The Liar’s Club” by Carol Rickey; Best Watercolor – “Gray Day” by Martha Elliott Killian; Best Acrylic – “Joonipers” by John Macrae; Best Sculpture – “Shagged 2008” by Esther A. Grillo; Best Photography – “Oceanscape I” by Stephanie Schmidt; Best Poetry – “Vacant Chairs” by Dan Guarino; Best Conceptual – “World Trade Center Triptych” by Audrey Irwin; Best Mixed Media – “Section” by Fritz; Best Graphic Arts – “Dare to Dream” by Raina Dziuk; Merit Award – “Birches in Autumn” stained glass by Leonid Grinberg. Congratulations to these artists and to all the artists in ARTSPLASH who have brought their talents to the Rockaway Center for the Arts in Fort Tilden.

A word about a few of the awarded works. Carol Rickey has achieved dynamic movement in her colors and composition and still has room for a sense of humor in “Liar’s Club” about turnips … and an imposter. “Dare to Dream,” a charcoal work by Raina Dziuk, is plaintive and involving. “Birches in Autumn” is one of two excellent stained glass works by Leonid Grinberg. In this somewhat abstract piece, the artist creates a vibrant counterpoint of shapes and colors – definite, long lean pale trunks and branches cutting through patches of reds, yellows, oranges, greens; verticals and horizontals punctuating the foliage of transition.

The public will have its chance to participate in the awards process at ARTSPLASH by voting for the Viewers’ Choice Award. When you come to sTudio 7 to experience ARTSPLASH first hand, there will be a form on which you may vote for the artwork you consider the ‘crème de la crème.’ No ‘half and half’ here. The winner will be announced October 16, the last day of the exhibit, during gallery hours.

A $35 Cash and Carry fundraiser has been set up at ARTSPLASH. Come to the show and you will see a section of 8 inchx8inchoriginalartworksavailable for $35 each. All proceeds go to fulfilling the mission of RAA. Florals, landscapes, photographs, quilt works, cartoons, seascapes and more, for a bargain.

Don’t miss “Ocean Photography,” an exhibit of 35 color and black and white photographs by Stephanie Schmidt, in sTudio 6 through Sunday, October 2. Taken primarily of the sea, shore and rock jetties of Rockaway, the images are powerful, evocative, sensual, magnificent. You will never look at the sea the same way again. Schmidt captures that which is inexpressible in words. Her communion with the sea and surroundings is extreme and her ability to express that through photography leave one breathless. There are also a few atmospheric, abstract photographs in the exhibit. Turneresque, one might say. They appear to be a more visceral, direct reflection of the photographer’s mood and emotional responses to the subjects she was encountering. Always interesting to catch an artist on the brink of a new impulse, a new development in her or his expressive arsenal. Especially an artist as talented as Stephanie Schmidt.

Congratulations and ‘good show’ to the RAA Writers Group and its chairman, Dan Guarino, for another successful presentation of original written work and music, brought into the community – this time at the Neponsit Day Health Care Center. The spoken word event ‘wowed’ the senior audience, which in some cases even got up and danced to the group’s music. Several impromptu moments included a whole room sing-along of “Bye Bye Blackbird” and a requested heartfelt a cappella rendition of “Danny Boy.” Just part of RAA’s mission to bring the arts to the commuinty and residents of our peninsula. It merits quoting a resident of the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation after the group’s visit there, who said, “During the whole time they were here, I forgot I was sick.” That’s better than a standing ovation. Bravo, writers and Dan. And thanks to Beth Gutman of the Center for arranging the event. RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

ARTSPLASH 2011: RAA’s annual
juried, multimedia showcase for visual
and performing arts. sTudio 7 Gallery,
RoCA, Fort Tilden. Dates: through
Sun., Oct.16. Free admission. Gallery
hrs.: Sat.s and Sun.s 12-4 p.m. and by
appointment. See column for more.
PHOTOGRAPHY”: Color and black
and white photographs of the sea,
shores and rugged rock jetties by photographer Stephanie Schmidt. Primarily taken in and around Rockaway.
Through Sun., Oct. 2 in sTudio 6
Gallery, RoCA.
NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m. in sTudio 6.
Sun., Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m. in sTudio 7.
Original short stories, poems, prose,
plays by members of the group. All are
welcome. Free admission to this ARTSPLASH special event.
Mon., Oct. 10, sTudio 6, 7:30 p.m. All
are welcome to bring their latest artwork, or to just enjoy the work of others
and exchange ideas.
INKSPLASH 2011: Oct. 9-Nov. 6.
Opening reception: Sun, Oct. 9. The
work of some of the finest printmakers
in the world.
ADULTS: “Painting With Geoff Rawling”: Tues. 7-9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12
noon. sTudio 6. $20 per class, supplies
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.

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