2013-07-19 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Comebacks
By Susan Hartenstein


Stephanie Schmidt chats will fellow artist Charles Davanzo in front of some her stunning photographic works at the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Salon Show. Photo by Dan Guarino. Stephanie Schmidt chats will fellow artist Charles Davanzo in front of some her stunning photographic works at the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Salon Show. Photo by Dan Guarino. Great pride and celebration accompanies RAA’s presentation of “The Salon Show,” as the first exhibit since Sandy in the Rockaway Center for the Arts in Fort Tilden. There is much artwork to be admired in “The Salon Show,” which has attracted artists new to the RAA galleries, joining the established artists whose work has graced the galleries before.

One of the finest of the newcomers is Adam Zborowski. In his photographs of Rockaway in the aftermath of Sandy, he has made some haunting choices in shading, composition and lighting that capture the eternal, stark, painful poetry that echoes through our stormmarked hometown.

Much of the show frames scenes during and post-storm – meeting its destruction head-on and seeing hope in the future. Laura Deckelman’s view is slightly askew and filled with an offcenter humor that recognizes the horrors and the beauty of what she sees through her lens.


Viewers admire the photographic works of Adam Zborowski, a new artists exhibiting for the first time at the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Salon Show. Photo by Dan Guarino. Viewers admire the photographic works of Adam Zborowski, a new artists exhibiting for the first time at the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s Salon Show. Photo by Dan Guarino. Stephanie Schmidt’s photographs of Fort Tilden and the sea are classic, timeless and ageless. They will transport you to a higher plane of consciousness.

In a totally different vein, the super realism of Jonas Mlenak’s acrylics bring us through to street scenes evoking the consistency and pleasures of the mom and pop stores we may have known as kids.

Penelope Atheras is displaying several top-notch acrylics. Of particular note is the stunning “Cool Lemon Ade Drink.” Against a black to gray background, subtle lines define the forms of drinking glasses. The visual and emotional depth of Christian Le Gars’ giclée print “Genesis” will take your breath away. Watercolorists Arlene Cornell and Ellen Hoyt display the finest that this medium can be. Many other fine works of art are to be found in “The Salon Show,” including, I am happy to say, a large wood sculpture by the late Robin Pogrebetskiy. Explore the pleasures of these works through August 11th in sTudio 7 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m.

ArtSplash 2013 is RAA’s largest exhibition of the year, at sTudio 7 Gallery. Artists are free to explore any theme and all genres in this juried show. ArtSplash 2013 is open to all media, including but not limited to painting, photography, watercolor, stained glass, film and video, artisan crafts, sculpture, the literary arts, cartoon and assemblage. Awards will be given for ‘Best in’ a variety of categories. Exhibition dates are September 7th - October 13th. Deadline for submission is August 16th. Reception is Sunday, September 8th.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” an exhibit marking the one-year anniversary of Sandy, will be presented in sTudio 6 Gallery October 19th-November 10th. The submission deadline is September 27th. Artists and people who didn’t know they were artists responded creatively to this most defining of events in our lives. Those responses run the full range of human emotions and thoughts. Join RAA in the honest and profound exploration of those responses.

RAA’s Watercolor Paint-Out in association with the Brooklyn Watercolor Society was quite successful. It attracted many aficionados of the medium and could not have been held on a better, sparkling day or in a better place – the MoMAPS1 VW Dome 2 on Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94th Street. Many took off to paint on the beach, others to the boardwalk. Some of us even stayed at the benches just outside the Dome. Many fine paintings resulted. Thanks to Albert Massini and the BWS. Word has it that plans may be afoot to show some of them at some later date.

CU@RoCA. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

Fort Tilden Highlights

FIRST RAA EXHIBIT AT RoCA (IN TILDEN) SINCE SANDY: A Salon Show, through Sunday, August 11. Open to RAA members and non-members. Admission is free. Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m.

RTC’S “ROCKAWAY CAFÉ – THE COMEBACK!”: Support the Rockaway Theatre Company! From the devastation that was Sandy, they have come back to present a new Rockaway Café. They are still in need of funds. For yourself and this community, support this splendid company by attending the production at the Post Theater. Chinese auctions and 50/50s at performances. Dates: July 19, 20, 21; 25-28; Aug. 2,3, 4. Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances at 3 p.m.

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