2011-12-09 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

The Homestretch
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein


“The Beat Goes On,” stained glass box by Penelope Atheras, part of “Gifted” exhibit through Dec. 18 in sTudio 7. “The Beat Goes On,” stained glass box by Penelope Atheras, part of “Gifted” exhibit through Dec. 18 in sTudio 7. RAA’s Renee A. Radenberg continues to expand the boundaries of the public’s understanding and perception of glass art by juxtaposing it with the art of another medium. Thus the commonalities and contrasts of the two mediums illuminate and support the uniqueness of each, and the harmonies of the universe as reflected through art.

What Radenberg and cocurator Christian Le Gars began in “Glass and Water” (glass art and watercolor) at the RAA’s sTudio 7 Gallery, she continues, as curator of “Glass & Thread” at the famous Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. RAA artists in the show are Patrick Clark, Christian Le Gars, Maryann McEvoy, Ellen Piccolo and Radenberg. Also in the show is Leonid Grinberg, whose beautiful stained glass work appeared in RAA’s “ArtSplash.”

In “Glass & Thread,” on view at the WAH Center from December 9, 2011 through January 15, 2012, Radenberg has curated an exhibit of the work of 32 contemporary artists in glass and in fiber. Each of these mediums has been regarded by some as craft and by some as fine art (by practitioners as well as the public). They have coexisted in society as both, in their sacred incarnations (houses of worship and museums) and in the secular (practical use in the home and ornamentally). The artworks here expose these aspects in a range of scales, techniques and sensibilities. The glasswork includes stained glass, mosaic, blown glass, fused glass; the fiber is woven, quilted, appliquéd and sculpted.

Opening reception of “Glass & Thread” is Friday, December 9, 6:30-8 p.m. in the WAH Center, 135 Broadway, Brooklyn. Special events include artist demonstrations on Sunday, December 18 and January 8, 1-4 p.m., and a closing reception and artist talks on Sunday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 1-5 p.m., Satur-day and Sunday 1-6 p.m. For more information: www.wahcenter.net; 718-486- 7372

The glass armonica is a unique and rare instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin. At 8 p.m. the night of the reception, there will be a performance on the glass armonica by Cecilia Brauer. The instrument is marked by often haunting sound, beautiful harmonies and the capacity to produce very high and very low pitched tones. You may have even heard its unusual sounds in the music of contemporary musicians such as Pink Floyd. The armonica consists of a series of glass bowls on a rotating dowel, played with wet fingers, much like the principle behind the sounds achieved on wine glasses of varying fullness. Brauer is an established associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and will give a talk about the instrument and its sometimes colorful history following the performance. Admission to the performance is $8.

Annual Rockaway Artists Alliance Jamaica Bay Art Exhibit, on view at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center through February 5, is 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. Waiting just beyond the large glass doors and windows of the center are the grand vistas, intimate beauties, flying wonders and unique colors of the December 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,” RAA’s member exhibit just right for the holidays, 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. Among the many pleasures to be found in “Gifted” is an extraordinary series of stained glass boxes topped by musicians and artists in the midst of creation, made by Penelope Atheras, who captures the flow and pleasure found in their poses. Ruth Kraiem’s photography takes the viewer around the world and finds the visually fascinating close to home.

Bravo to John Gilleece and the Rockaway Theatre Company for the best yet of the Rockaway Cafés. A

And thanks for the memories, of ten years of the most fun musical revues on the planet. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING AND HOLIDAY PARTY: Mon., Dec. 12, 7:30-11:30 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts) at Fort Tilden. Feel free to bring a tasty treat.

PRESENT RAA EXHIBIT: “Gifted,” a juried RAA member exhibit, perfect for the holidays. On view through Sun., Dec. 18, sTudio 7, RoCA. Free admission. Gallery hrs.: Sat. and Sun. 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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