2013-08-02 / Columnists

From the Artist’s Studio

Gardens, Gardens, Gardens
By Susan Hartenstein

“Saint Somebody,” a photograph by Dan Guarino, is one of the many striking works of art on view at RAA’s The Salon Show, Sunday, August 11th, at the T-7 gallery in Fort Tilden. “Saint Somebody,” a photograph by Dan Guarino, is one of the many striking works of art on view at RAA’s The Salon Show, Sunday, August 11th, at the T-7 gallery in Fort Tilden. Fort Tilden Highlights

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

FINAL WEEKEND FOR RTC’S “ROCKAWAY CAFÉ – THE COMEBACK!”: Support the Rockaway Theatre Company! They have come back from the devastation of Sandy to present a new Rockaway Café. They are still in need of raising funds. For our community, support this splendid company by attending the production at the Post Theater. Chinese auctions and 50/50s at performances help to fundraise. One more weekend of performances: August 2nd, 3rd, 4th Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m.; Sun. performances at 3 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. Awards will be given for ‘Best in’ a variety of categories. Exhibition dates are September 7-October 13. Deadline for submission is August 16. Reception is Sunday, September 8.

Robert Sarnoff reports that his film “The ROMEOWS – Retired Older Men Eating Out Wednesdays” is being “held over” in its run at The Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street in Manhattan. “Hopefully,” says Sarnoff, who has lived in Rockaway most of his life and is an editorial cartoonist for The Wave, “more Alumni, Brooklynites, Rockawayites, Manhattanites will get a chance to see this love letter to Brooklyn, to Life.”

“The ROMEOWS” is a poignant, funny story about loyalty and the more than five decade friendship of several men who grew up in Brooklyn, belonged to a house plan together at Brooklyn College and have sustained those relationships for all these years. Sarnoff was interviewed on the Dr. Joy Browne Radio Show, which will air Friday, August 2. “The ROMEOWS” has garnered excellent reviews in the New York Times, The Village Voice and The Huffington Post.

For more information about “The ROMEOWS” and screening schedule visit: cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/show_ movie.asp?movieid=2851 or call Cinema Village at 212- 924-3363.

You have only one more weekend to see the Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of “Rockaway Café – The Comeback.” This is a must-see for anyone who calls Rockaway home, anyone who has lived through Sandy and anyone else. When you buy tickets, when you participate in the auctions and raffles, you are contributing to bringing the theater and the company back from Sandy. Remaining performances are: August 2, 3 and 4. Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances at 3 p.m. For reservations please call the RTC hotline at 718-374-6400 or visit www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

When summer comes, my thoughts turn to botanic gardens and arboretums. New Yorkers are lucky that we have so many in the metropolitan area. Whether to be enjoyed just for their beauty or as inspiration for a painting or drawing, they are splendid places to spend part of a day or an entire day. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a few entrances, one is at Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue. The lily pool terrace is now in bloom with almost100 varieties of water lilies and aquatic plants. The Japanese Garden, the Conservatory, the rock garden and the native flora garden are just a few of the variety of beautiful, peaceful enclaves to find in this paradise in the middle of the borough. Art and gardening classes are available. Visit bbg.org for more information.

The Queens Botanical Garden, at 43- 50 Main Street in Flushing, holds thematic gardens that include a pinetum and arboretum, and historic plantings recalling QBG’s World’s Fair origins, new gardens showcasing native species and sustainable landscape practices. Like the Brooklyn Gardens, the Queens Garden offers music programs and art exhibits and so much more.Visit www.queensbotanical.org

The New York Botanic Garden, at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, is world-renowned, offering extraordinary landscapes and vistas, a mind-blowing conservatory (the largest Victorian era glasshouse in the country), education programs and more. Much larger than the other two gardens mentioned, the NYBG has a trolley to get you around and there are several small, intimate areas, such as the path along the stream near the Stone Mill, where you can find a peaceful, undisturbed unity with the nature around you. Visit www.nybg.org.

In a future column, Long Island arboretums and gardens will be covered.

RAA Contact Info:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org CU@RoCA.

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