2013-06-21 / Columnists

From the Artist’s Studio

A Dome Paint Out And Hello To Fort Tilden
By Susan Hartenstein

“The Boardwalk,” watercolor by Arlene Cornell who is a member of the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Brooklyn Watercolor Society. “The Boardwalk,” watercolor by Arlene Cornell who is a member of the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Brooklyn Watercolor Society. Fort Tilden and Un-Fort Tilden Highlights –

WATERCOLOR PAINT OUT: Sunday, June 23rd, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at and around the MoMA PS 1 VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway. In association with Brooklyn Watercolor Society. (See column below for more details.)

JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE ART EXHIBIT: “RAA on the Bay” will be on view through June 23rd at the Refuge’s Gallery. Co-sponsored by NPS and RAA, the exhibit features the sanctuary and environs interpreted in a variety of mediums.

NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sunday, June 23rd from 4-6 p.m. at the sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. YES, FORT TILDEN!


A Watercolor Paint Out will take place on Sunday, June 23rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at and around the MoMA PS 1 VW Dome 2 at Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway

Hosted by MoMA, the Brooklyn Watercolor Society and RAA welcome artists to come together and paint with watercolors. Bring your paints, brushes and easels and capture the beach and seaside surroundings as you view them from the deck of the Dome or from inside the beautiful geodesic structure. Although formal instruction will not be offered, we invite everyone to either join us to paint or to come observe the artists as they work.

For weeks now I’ve been telling you how breathtaking a view of the Dome and its surroundings is around sunset. The Dome reflects the myriad of colors of the sky and the buildings echo those colors.

Well, now is your chance to see the gleaming white structure, the beach, boardwalk, the kaleidoscope of colors on the painted homes, streets and buildings into which the geodesic half-ball has been set, in the late morning and early afternoon hours. The boardwalk at Beach 95th, 96th and 97th Streets is ready for you to come enjoy the view. When you walk up and down the ramps leading to and from the boardwalk, please note that in the cement-like mix of materials is broken-up beach glass; making the path to the rebuilt Rockaway walk both beautiful and poignant.

A tip – if you want to get a better view of the Dome, foreground and background, walk across the street to the Beach 94th Street sidewalk. Of course, you may not have other watercolorists near you off whom you can bounce your images, or from whom you can learn – unless you can talk a few others into accompanying you – but at the very least, you could photograph the view to be used for a painting at a later point.

By the way, according to

Wikipedia, “A geodesic dome is a spherical or partial-spherical shell structure or lattice shell based on a network of great circles (geodesics) on the surface of a sphere. The geodesics intersect to form triangular elements that have local triangular rigidity and also distribute the stress across the structure. When completed to form a complete sphere, it is a geodesic sphere. A dome is enclosed, unlike open geodesic structures such as playground climbers.”

And . . . event domes are available for purchase on the Internet, sporting a variety of designs that include the Eurostar and the Carlsberg Fan Camp. I even saw a geodesic dome tree house on Animal Planet the other day.

A Salon Show, Saturday, July 13th-Sunday, August 11th, will be the first RAA exhibit at the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden since Sandy. It will be open to RAA members and non-members, with an entry fee of $35. The work must be gallery quality and in good taste. It can have been exhibited at RAA before.

Each artist will be allotted only a 6-foot wide space, with one foot between assigned spaces. Artists must hang their own work. Drop-off and hanging will be Saturday, July 6, 12-4 p.m. Each artist must bring a list of titles and prices.

The exhibit will open with an evening reception on Saturday, July 13th, from 7- 10 p.m. The celebratory event will be a “Welcome Back” party.

As always, admission to the exhibit and reception are free and all are invited to attend this special evening. Pick-up of work will be Sunday, August 11th after 4 p.m.

CU@RoCA any day now.

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