2012-02-03 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

‘Art And Compassion’
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein


Father Paul Anel, art director of Heart’s Home, will be guest speaker at February 13 RAA general meeting, discussing “Art and Compassion.” Father Paul Anel, art director of Heart’s Home, will be guest speaker at February 13 RAA general meeting, discussing “Art and Compassion.” “An artist cannot express the moral ideal of his time if he does not touch its deepest wounds, if he does not live and suffer these wounds in his own flesh.” These words are by filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and are found in his film “Sculpting in Time.” They are words quoted by Father Paul Anel, who will be guest presenter at RAA’s next general meeting, speaking on “Art and Compassion.” Father Paul is Art Director of Heart’s Home, an international Catholic non-profit organization which, according to their website, runs “a global network of volunteers who assist and form deep personal bonds with troubled, disadvantaged and socially isolated individuals in some of the world’s most desperate areas.” It also runs the International Center for a Culture of Compassion (ICCC) seminar and retreat facility in Woodbourne, NY, which Father Paul helped to found. The center also hosts art seminars, concerts and exhibitions, and “seeks to inculcate Heart’s Home’s message of compassion into society through a variety of cul- tural pathways.” Father Paul began with Heart’s Home in 1998 as a full time volunteer and worked with the poor in Brazil. So profoundly changed was he by this experience, he decided to make a life-long commitment to the organization and began studying for the priesthood. An ordained deacon and priest, Father Paul is now based in Brooklyn. He leads an extensive outreach program to the artists community. In that capacity he organizes studio and gallery visits, art discussions and film screenings. His collaborations have included such notable artists as Sagrada Familia’s sculptor Etsuro Sotoo, Vanguard Documentary founder Charles Hobson, jazz pianist Marjorie Eliot, acclaimed klezmer virtuoso David Krakauer and painter Sean Scully. To learn more about Father Paul Anel and Heart’s Home visit: http://usa.heartshome.org/Paul-Anel-Art-Director.html. The general meeting is Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in studio 7 gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Bring your artwork, or just enjoy the work of others.

Call to Artists: Next RAA exhibits to run concurrently in the RAA galleries March 3-April 15 – “Blue Hues”: The colors, moods and meanings of blue; blue colors, tones and hues; blue moods, music and depths. Artists are invited to bring to life a world of infinite ideas and renderings of the concept of ‘Blue.’ Open to all mediums including ones you would think of and a few you might not think of, like cartoon, film, video. Now it’s your turn; think of a few I haven’t thought of. But don’t think toooo long – rumination can lead to the blues.

“Lights, Camera, Action”: in front of the camera, behind the scenes, motion pictures, film scenes, movie stars, movie going, plays of shadow and light, the cinematic arts. Open to all mediums … including musical scores. The challenge: to bring to life and exposure a medium of moving images through non-moving and/or moving images. Deadline for submission, both exhibits: February 10. www.rockawayartistsalliance.org to download full prospectuses and entry forms.

If you are interested in being featured at a Thursday Music Night (see gray box) speak to board member John Simonelli on any Thursday night. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

Fort Tilden Highlights

PRESENT RAA EXHIBIT: “Abstract Point of View,” on view through Feb. 19, sTudio 6,
RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts) at Fort Tilden. Free admission. Gallery hrs: Sat. and
Sun., 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.
NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING: Mon., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., sTudio 7, RoCA. Guest
speaker: Father Paul Anel, “Art and Compassion.” All are welcome. See column.
NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., Feb. 19, 4-6 p.m., sTudio 6, RoCA. All are
welcome to read, listen, share.
PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Instructor: Jeffrey Berman. Tues. 7-9 p.m., Thurs.
10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 6. Class will include instruction in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, drawing, water soluble oil. Fee per class: members: $20; non-members: $30.
NEW THURS. NIGHT MUSIC/OPEN MIC: Every other Thurs. at 9:30 p.m. a featured
musician or group will perform. Open mic: Artists of all disciplines are invited. sTudio 7
stage, 8 p.m.-12 midnight. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Join us. Free. See column.

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