2011-11-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

RAA Elections And ‘Gifted’
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein


“Tootsie Rolls,” oil on canvas by Andrea Nally, now on display in “Gifted” at sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. “Tootsie Rolls,” oil on canvas by Andrea Nally, now on display in “Gifted” at sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. RAA elections for board members and officers: An electronic voting ballot will be emailed with nominees’ statements and a written ballot (with nominees’ statements) will be mailed to all members who do not have email. Email voting will have the heading “RAA Voting Ballot.” Members who have trouble with their email and wish for a written ballot can call the RAA office to request that one be mailed to them. All written ballots must be mailed back to the RAA office.

Voting period will run to midnight December 3 for emailed ballots; for mailed ballots December 2, received in RAA Office by Friday afternoon (postmarked Thursday). Membership will be informed of election results via RAA Newsletter before and at the annual meeting.

Second Annual Rockaway Artists Alliance Jamaica Bay Art Exhibit is on view at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center through February 5, 2012. “More Words for the Birds and Art in the Park” reception (I didn’t come up with this title, honest) on Sunday, December 11, 1-4 p.m. at the visitor center. Meet the artists and enjoy live music and original poetry, prose and plays performed by members of the RAA Writers Group; all set against the stunning backdrop of the late autumn-bedecked wildlife refuge. The exhibit celebrates Jamaica Bay in various media and features an eclectic group of local artists.

The center is open daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Gifted” has opened and is on view through Sunday, December 18 in sTudio 7, RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts) at Fort Tilden.

Admission is free.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. There are many visual pleasures to be found (and gifted, if that is your wish) just in time for the holidays. My favorite of the acrylic floral paintings by Larisa Levina is “Poppy Flowers” in which the artist has endowed the subjects with a grand flow, a monumental intimacy. “Tootsie Rolls” is an oil on canvas by Andrea Nally that is such a bold close-up of the famous treat that it simultaneously becomes a humorous comment on the objects and a thesis on design. One is transfixed by the work of Denise Laurin-Donatelle. Stunning delicately rendered, ethereal graphite drawings are mounted on beautiful paper and fabric handmade scrolls.

Next to them have been placed the artist’s digital giclée prints in which echoes of the figures of the drawings have been situated in an abstract universe. More about the exhibit in the next column. RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org. Hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING AND HOLIDAY
PARTY: Mon., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA
(Rockaway Center for the Arts) at Fort Tilden.
PRESENT RAA EXHIBIT: “Gifted,” a juried RAA
member exhibit, perfect for the holidays. On view
through Sun., Dec 18, sTudio 7, RoCA (Rockaway
Center for the Arts) at Fort Tilden. Free admission.
Gallery hrs.: Sat.s and Sun.s 12-4 p.m. and by
appointment. See more in the column.
WRITERS GROUP EVENTS: Sun., Dec. 11, during
reception at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, 1-4
p.m. Original poetry, prose, plays; Thurs., Dec. 15 at
10 a.m. at the Neponsit Adult Day Care Center.
PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: “Painting
With 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.

















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