2012-09-28 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Not The Usual Still Life Class; kidsmART; ArtSPLASH
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein


“The Tunnel,” color photography by Jessica Schulman. One of the artworks in Art- SPLASH, on view through October 7 in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden. “The Tunnel,” color photography by Jessica Schulman. One of the artworks in Art- SPLASH, on view through October 7 in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden. STILL LIFE ON SATURDAYS: Sept. 22-Dec. 22, 12-2 p.m. in sTudio 7. Fee: RAA members - $25 per class, $150 for a series of 8 classes; non-members - $35 per class, $240 for a series of 8 classes. Instructor: Kacper Dolatowski. Supplies and materials are not included. See column. No class Sept. 29. Contact RAA office for a schedule of classes.

Registration for the kidsmART afterschool program will take place Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-12 noon in building T-149, Fort Tilden.

New still life class: The objective of this course is to experiment with paint media and various techniques. Students will practice the composition, perspective and color mixing techniques when capturing still life subjects. Addressed will be the issues of color balance and contrast as well as creation of rich textures. In the progression of the course the class will try to evolve into a more abstract interpretation of still life composition.

Kacper Dolatowski has a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland where he had intensive training in Fine Arts including drawing, painting and sculpture. The teaching methods and objectives will be based on his training in Europe and focused on a contemporary approach to experiments with painting media.

RAA members participating in the class will be able to continue painting in the classroom from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays after the instruction has ended.

Payment may be submitted to the RAA Office at 260 Beach 116 Street, 2nd Floor, Rockaway Park, NY 11694.

RAA extends thanks and appreciation to the following for their generous support of the camp kidsmART scholarship fund: Rockaway Wish, Graybeards, the Jenny and Eddie Mills Fund via St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Parish, Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Elegante Pizzeria, Cross County Savings Bank, Rockaway Rotary, Island Pediatrics, Dr. James Kiernan, Dr. Jeffrey Zwerling, Walsh Properties, Inc., Robin Shapiro Realty, and Plum Tomatoes Pizzeria and Restaurant. The scholarship fund provided a fun, engaging summer camp experience for eleven children from the peninsula and Broad Channel. An essential component of kidsmART’s mission is to offer friendship, support and respite from hardship through creativity and recreation. Thank you for enabling us to fulfill this mission.

Camp kidsmART campers and staff enjoyed many special visitors and presentations. Councilman Ulrich and Assemblyman Goldfeder both visited with young campers as they enjoyed art activities and the kidsmART carnival. GNRA Park Rangers provided campers with interactive camping lessons – including setting up a tent – and an indepth look at the formation of the national parks, as well as our own Fort Tilden. The Museum of Natural History returned with the Moveable Museum – a state-of-the-art bus housing the intriguing “Dinosaurs” exhibit. Sponsored by the Catanese family, Mr. Softee visited camp kidsmART and provided ice cream and ices to everyone.

All in all, it was a wonderful summer that culminated in the campers’ final show performed before two standingroom only audiences and the campers’ art exhibit which displayed more than 200 pieces of artwork – from digital photography to Alexander Calder inspired mobiles.

The deadline for submission of entries for InkSplash, RAA’s printmaking exhibit, has been extended to Monday, October 1.

“Gifted,” is RAA’s annual membersonly juried group exhibit, open to all media. Deadline for submission of entries is November 2, 2012. For full prospectus and entry form for InkSplash and Gifted, visit the RAA website.

Medium Rayah’s crystal balls have already been pulsating with Halloween vibrations. (I guess it’s the leftover summer humidity.) Wafting in and out of vision are words like “Zoo,” “Zoology,” Zookeepers,” “Zoot suit.” My goodness, even “ZOO-PHOBIA.” Rayah asks herself, ‘Could the terrors of this year, October 27, 28, 31 in sTudio 7, have something to do with caged animals? Perhaps murderous, grotesque caged animals?’ Ah, they don’t pay Madam R the big bucks for nothing! Want to participate behind the scenes? Contact the RAA office. You have been aleeeeeeeeeeeerrted! Stay tuned.

You may remember Doreen Lynn Saunders who displayed portions of her beautiful textile mural, The Americana Stars Memorial, at RAA last year. If you would like to sponsor the star of a Rockaway 9/11 victim, that becomes part of this fabric tribute, and do it by October 18, a “thank you” event will be held at Harbor Light Pub in Rockaway Park on Saturday, October 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. for everyone who does. Read all about it at www.AmericanaStars.org.

ArtSPLASH is on view through October 7 in sTudio 7. Don’t miss this excellent show. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

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