2012-07-06 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

ARTSPLASH Around The Bend
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein
by Susan Hartenstein


“Brooklyn Bridge, NY,” acrylic on canvas, by Igor Gushchin. On view in “5 Boros.” “Brooklyn Bridge, NY,” acrylic on canvas, by Igor Gushchin. On view in “5 Boros.” RAA will be holding an ArtSPLASH fundraiser raffle on September 8. You can help make this event a success. RAA is seeking unique and exciting prizes. Tickets to sporting events, art masterpieces, art supplies, theater tickets, luxury items, etc. All donations are tax deductible. ArtSPLASH, RAA’s annual multimedia arts festival, is just around the corner. So strike up the bandwagon and climb on board!

You can help support the organization that brings you a renowned summer camp and afterschool program, art exhibits, art instruction for your children and you, weekly and special music events, dance events, spoken word events, a writers group and so, so much more.

I should know; I’ve been writing about RAA for 14½ years, and I never run out of material. Please contact RAA at info@raa116.org with any potential prizes or leads.


Caption: Alice Elizabeth’s “New York,” acrylic, oil, paint markers and spray paint on canvas. Three panels at 36x72. On view in “5 Boros.” Caption: Alice Elizabeth’s “New York,” acrylic, oil, paint markers and spray paint on canvas. Three panels at 36x72. On view in “5 Boros.” The RAA “Salon Show,” a non-juried exhibition of member works, and “5 Boros,” exploring some of the most interesting spots and spaces around the NY town and making them even more interesting, opened this past weekend. Both shows are in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden and both are on view through August 5 in sTudio 7. Admission is free to all exhibits. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.

And speaking of: ArtSplash 2012 is RAA’s largest exhibition of the year, filling the spaces of sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries. Artists are free to explore any theme and all genres in this juried show.

ArtSplash 2012 is open to all media, including painting, photography, watercolor, stained glass, film and video, artisan crafts, sculpture, the literary arts, cartoon, assemblage and more. Deadline for receipt of entries: August 10, 2012; exhibit dates: September 8- October 7, 2012.

For necessary forms, go to the RAA website, listed below. Awards will be given for Best in Show, Best in Photography, Best in Painting, Best in Mixed Media, Best in Poetry and Best in Toy Breeds. Special feature: There will be a contest to see who can come up with the Best in Spelling: ArtSplash, ArtSPLASH, ARTSPLASH, or ARTSplash. The word has, over the years, gone through all these incarnations; sometimes, simultaneously. OOOOOOOHH, ARTists, what a kooky bunch!

Personally, I prefer the penultimate and hate the ultimate. Also personally, when the board first tried to decide on a name for this fall arts celebration, I suggested ARTMITZVAH! But what do I know.

Rockaway (Brooklyn born) filmmaker Robert Sarnoff’s film “The ROMEOWS” is an Official Selection of the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. The screening of Sarnoff’s opus is August 9 at 7 p.m. in St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street. A film about the 50+ year friendship of pals from Brooklyn, the piece is a heartwarming, thought-provoking, uplifting work about all of us and the people we know and cherish. Visit: www.robertsarnoff.com

The work of RAA board member and curator of InkSplash, Christian Le Gars, is in the 5th National Invitational Juried Show at the Prince Street Gallery, 530 West 53 Street, Manhattan. Renowned artist Yvonne Jacquette, whose work is in the permanent collections in venues that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art is the juror and has chosen 52 works out of 600 entries. The show runs through July 7. For information: www.princestreetgallery.org

I highly recommend getting a copy of Vivian Rattay Carter’s “Images of America – Rockaway Beach,” in Arcadia Publishing’s series of pictorial histories of the towns in this country.

You can pick one up at The Wave. Rattay’s research is extensive and the photos are both revealing and a ‘kick’ for anyone who loves this community. You will find yourself coming back to the volume again and again to study the faces and learn about people you have known or would like to have known, who filled the sweet memories and pioneering episodes of Rockaway Beach. One of my favorites: Dr. William E.F. Werner. A hero of my youth, and in his, a star athlete and scholar. 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: 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: “5 Boros,” searching 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 the galleries of RoCA (Rockaway Center for Arts) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun., 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.

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.

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