2012-06-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Opening Reception, Two New Exhibits
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein

Sunday Opening Reception: for “5 Boros” and “The Salon Show.” The gathering of participating artists and enormously interested observers is Sunday, June 24, 12-4 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts, Fort Tilden. Both exhibits will be on display in RAA’s spacious, light-filled sTudio 7. Live entertainment and refreshments, as usual. What are the themes of the shows, you may ask. Noooooooo, 5 Boros is not about a quintet of Mexican beasts of burden, though I have attempted to suggest an exhibit of that nature (why they have rejected it is beyond me). 5 Boros [pronounced B-O-R-O-U-G-H-S] searches out the hidden, the obvious, the sublime and the sublets of this most intriguing, beautiful, unapproachable, intimate and glorious of cities.

The Salon Show pronounced [S-A-LO N] is a non-juried RAA member exhibit. Members hung themselves, so to speak. (Don’t worry, I didn’t say ‘hanged.’) Both shows are on view through August 5 in sTudio 7. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission to reception and exhibit is free, though donations are much appreciated.

Leonid Grinberg, “New York.” Stained glass, copper foil, zinc came, birch frame. On view in “5 Boros.” Leonid Grinberg, “New York.” Stained glass, copper foil, zinc came, birch frame. On view in “5 Boros.” “Millennials,” an exhibit of work by artists under the age of 30, is on view through June 29 in sTudio 6 Gallery. Curator Tracey Greene, also under 30, has developed an excellent show featuring the generation born in the 1980s and ’90s, that grew up in an era of digital communication, HIV and Reaganomics; a generation that has at its disposal artistic tools and techniques that broaden the very definition of ‘art’; a generation like no other. If you speak to Greg McKeon, he will explain to you the difference between vector-based computer art and pixel-based computer art; he is displaying both. Gabrielle Mangano’s computer manipulated photography is striking and haunting. There is also woven art and a screenprint from Nancy Egan. Joe Silver’s “The Contemplation” seems a very contemporary man’s view of civilization in our times. Spray paint is not unheard of in this exhibit; nor is terry cloth or Relex 30, a kind of Vaseline finish. But there are also acrylic paintings and block prints. These artists are schooled

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING: Mon., July 9. sTudio 7, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Guest presenter: Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian and American Littoral Society, Northeast Chapter director.

NEXT RAA EXHIBITS AND RECEPTION: “5 Boros,” searching the obvious, the hidden and secret places, spaces and graces of this most exciting and mysterious city, and “The Salon Show,” a members-only, non-juried exhibit. Both on view June 23-August 5 in sTudio 7 Gallery of RoCA (Rockaway Center for Arts) at Fort Tilden. Reception: Sun., June 24, 12-4 p.m. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun., 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. “Millennials”: Burgeoning artists under 30. Through June 29 in sTudio 6.

3 NEW ADULT RHYTHM AND DRUM CLASSES: See column PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. 8-10 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7. Beginners to experienced artists are welcome. Fee per class: members: $20; non-members: $30. Supplies included.

FIGURE DRAWING: Instuctor: Leigh Walls. Tues., 7-9 p.m., sTudio 7. Fees: see above.

THURS. NIGHT MUSIC/OPEN MIC: Open mic: Artists of all disciplines are invited. sTudio 7 stage, 8 p.m.-12 midnight. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Every other Thurs. 9:30-10:15 p.m. a featured musician or group will perform. Join us. Free.

in the traditional and the modern, with a license for adventure.

Many of the artists grew to maturity in RAA’s kidsmART program as junior then senior counselors. Many are now attending or have graduated from respected art schools like FIT and SVA or art programs in other fine institutions. With one exception, all are from Rockaway, Breezy Point or Broad Channel. All share an unbounded artistic energy, which one feels immediately upon entering the gallery.

Three new adult rhythm and drum classes:

Learn To Play Djembe Drum; Friday

Night ‘Happy Hour; Rockaway Drum and Dance Circle. Contact RAA for details.

RAA mourns the death of Leo Masiello, Esther Grillo’s father. (Esther and husband John are founding members of RAA.). Leo lived life to its fullest and with great passion. He was a charmer, always a delight to be around. Our love and sympathy to Esther and John, Esther’s mom Nella, Walter, Madeline, Gregory and the entire family and friends. RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718- 474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rock away artistsalliance.org.

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