2013-09-13 / Columnists

From The Artist Studio

ARTSPLASH 2013
By Susan Hartenstein


“Dog’s Day Afternoon,” awarded title of Best Acrylic in the ARTSPLASH 2013 exhibit now on view through October 13 in the Rockaway Center for the Arts, sTudio 7, Fort Tilden. “Dog’s Day Afternoon,” awarded title of Best Acrylic in the ARTSPLASH 2013 exhibit now on view through October 13 in the Rockaway Center for the Arts, sTudio 7, Fort Tilden. Fort Tilden Highlights:

ARTSPLASH 2013: September 7th- October 13th, sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Admission is free. See column.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT:

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” to be on view October 19th -November 10th. See column.

ROCKAWAY THEATRE COMPANY:

“Boeing, Boeing,” a ‘non-stop comedy,’ directed by Peggy Page Press and Michael Wotypka. September 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, October 4th, 5th at 8 p.m.; September 22nd, 29th, October 6th at 2 p.m. at Post Theater, Fort Tilden. Call 718-374- 6400 or visit rockawaytheatre company.org for tix. ARTSPLASH 2013 has opened and will be on view through October 13, 2013 in sTudio 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden. Artistically diverse, rich in texture and attractively mounted, this year’s version of RAA’s annual fall arts festival is a rewarding experience for art lovers. Happily, several newcomers to the RAA galleries have added their unique and interesting visions to the mix.

Awards were given at the opening reception, Sunday, September 8, for the “Best” in several categories, reflecting the varied mediums being exhibited. Pedro Pacheco, who judged the awards, was impressed by the level of quality in ARTSPLASH.

Pacheco is an artist in many mediums whose work has been exhibited internationally. He has received many awards around the world for his art. He has been an art critic, gallery director, curator and judge for many years.

In choosing the winners, Pacheco said, he was looking for truth in the artwork, and passion. The rich use of warm light and contrasting shadow helped bring “Dog’s Day Afternoon” by Jose M. Moya the title of Best in Acrylic. Visual layer after visual layer involves the viewer ever more deeply in “Modern Masters” by Alexandra Berlingieri, who uses charcoal and pencil with Photoshop. The work was awarded Best Conceptual Art.

Best in Graphic Design went to Dan Curran’s “Ukiyo-e Sandy.” The rhythms and power of that storm are elegantly and succinctly captured by this black and white woodcut print. “The Dress” echoes across the paper in a variety of translations and accompaniments in Danielle Fisher’s watercolor, ink and digital work, earning it Best Mixed Media.

“Sandy As Sea Monster” by Nansi Lent, Best Painting (oil), compacts the power of the huge storm into a small abstract piece. Larry Gray’s photographs demonstrate a strong sense of design. “Airplanes,” which received the accolade of Best in Photography, uses verticals and horizontals to play against each other in metaphor of a musical staff, punctuated by airplanes like notes on that staff.

“Female Head - Carrara Marble” by Penelope Atheras won Best in Sculp- ture. Atheras is able to take stone and make it solid and flowing at the same time. Arlene Cornell’s exquisitely realized watercolors include “Fire Island,” Best in Watercolor, in which color, light and sea dance across the paper.

Best in Show went to an extraordinary acrylic painting by John Hedderson, “Rich and Model,” which dominates a wall to the right of the main entrance door to the gallery. Complex in composition, color and texture, the work’s elements vibrate against each other with surprises to be found everywhere the eye is led.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” to be on view October 19th-November 10th, will be coming at the one-year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy. “Calm/Storm/Rebirth” invites artists to explore any one or all three of the following phases of the experience that was/is “Sandy,” under one entry fee: ‘Calm’ – Before the storm the beauty and joy we know as the Rockaways were unperturbed, and artwork should reflect this concept. ‘Storm’ – When Super Storm Sandy came ashore into Rockaway, it brought disaster never before known here and artwork will show the effects of “Sandy.” ‘Rebirth’ – Rebuilding, restoring, replanting gardens, reopening businesses, and bringing the community back to life.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth” 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, assemblage. Interested artists may also submit their ideas and proposals for consideration. Deadline for receipt of entries is September 27th. Opening reception is October 27th. For the full prospectus and entry form for “Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” please visit rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Heads up for an outdoor paint-out later this month. Contact RAA office for exact date.

RAA Contact Info:
Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-
4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website:
www.rockawayartistsalliance.orgCU@R

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