2013-09-27 / Columnists

From the Artist’s Studio

Taking A Larger View
By Susan Hartenstein

“Homage to the Rockaway Boardwalk After Sandy” by artist N.T. Lent, an oil on canvas work which incorporates a piece of the boardwalk, is now on view as part of ARTSplash 2013 at RAA’s Fort Tilden gallery. “Homage to the Rockaway Boardwalk After Sandy” by artist N.T. Lent, an oil on canvas work which incorporates a piece of the boardwalk, is now on view as part of ARTSplash 2013 at RAA’s Fort Tilden gallery. Fort Tilden Highlights:
ARTSPLASH 2013: On view through October
13th, sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the
Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours are
Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. See column.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” to be on view October
19th-November 10th, sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort
Tilden. Opening reception: Sunday, October
27th. Free admission to reception and exhibit.
See column.

Sunday, September 29th, 4-6 p.m. in sTudio 7

ROCKAWAY THEATRE COMPANY: “Boeing, Boeing,” a ‘non-stop comedy,’ directed by Peggy Page Press and Michael Wotypka. September 27th, 28th, October 4th, 5th at 8 p.m.; September 29th, October 6th at 2 p.m. at Post Theater, Fort Tilden. Call 718-374-6400 or visit rockawaytheatrecompany.org for tix.

Last column, I wrote about the ARTSPLASH prize winners in the ‘Best in …’ categories. I neglected to mention the Viewers’ Choice Award winner, which was “Woodland Fairies,” a whimsical drawing by Shelly Ginis, done in oil-gel pen. Ginis says, “I was always enchanted by the idea that a major amount of activity was going on in the forest.” This sense of wonder and fantasy, and penchant for illustration was fed by her mother, who read to Ginis constantly as a child. More about this interesting former art therapist in a future column.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” will be on view October 19th-November 10th in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. It comes at the one-year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth” has invited artists to explore any one or all three of the following phases of the experience that was/is “Sandy.” ‘Calm’ – Before the storm the beauty and joy we know as the Rockaways were unperturbed, and artwork will 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 to be a special show designed to tap into the collective and individual experience that was and continues to be Sandy. It will unite members of the community, artists and non-artists, to remember our struggles, to mourn our losses and to celebrate each other and where we are now. It may be a kind of catharsis for many; a release and relief. There may be some surprises in store for those viewing and participating in the show. RAA wants everyone to explore and express her- or himself.

Certainly there was much tragedy in this most horrific event. Yet there was also humor; sometimes painful humor, but sometimes the humor of finding the silliest of things in the midst of chaos; of enjoying the sanity in an insane world. The community will be invited to add their bits and pieces and ‘boulders’ of experience in formats yet to be finalized. This is the community’s exhibit; it is our collective experience. Opening reception has been moved to Sunday, October 27, 12-4 p.m.

RAA member Jose Moya passed away in Lima, Peru on Tuesday, September 10th. Moya exhibited in ARTSPLASH 2013 and won First Prize in Acrylic Painting for his work “Dog’s Day Afternoon” (seen two weeks ago accompanying the column). We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

The first Rollicking Rockaways Weekend will be coming to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Beach 87th Street, September 27th, 28th and 29th. Rockaways Playland Tribute Exhibition will be the focal point of the weekend. It brings together the community, joined in memorabilia and memories, provided by those who lived it. Come enjoy a look at the famous entertainment Mecca. Opening reception is Friday, September 27th, 6-9 p.m., and will feature popcorn and cotton candy. Cabaret Night is Saturday, September 28th. 7-9 p.m. According to Rollicking Rockaways founder, Audrey Mattio, it will feature some terrific acts. Games of Skill and Chance will provide fun for the whole family, Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Rollicking Rockaways produced The Smallest Carnival on Earth this past summer to bring a community torn by Sandy some diversion and joy. The weekend event is free.

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

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