2013-10-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

We’re Ba-aack!
by Susan Hartenstein

Still Standing,” photograph by Theresa Sullivan. One of the artworks in “Calm/Storm/Rebirth.” Still Standing,” photograph by Theresa Sullivan. One of the artworks in “Calm/Storm/Rebirth.” Fort Tilden has re-opened now that the government shutdown has ended. The Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 7 Gallery and the Rockaway Theatre Company’s Post Theater are once again open to the public. Happily, RTC was able to present their final weekend of “Boeing, Boeing” last weekend.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” the art exhibit that presents visions of our community before, during and after Sandy, and celebrates the courage of our community, will be on view Saturday, October 26th through Sunday, November 24th in sTudio 7 Gallery. The opening reception is Sunday, October 27th from 12 to 4 p.m. The Rockaway Theatre Company will present performances from the inspiring Rockaway Café 2013.

A special Night of Reflection will be held in sTudio 7 on Tuesday, October 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. Intending this to be a simple evening at which the members of our community may come to reflect, remember and commune with each other, a chamber quartet from the Art-Strings Ensemble will play during the evening. No presentations or speakers. All who have been affected by the devastation that descended on us a year ago will have an opportunity to spend time looking at the artwork on the walls and spaces of sTudio 7, which also survived the storm, listen to beautiful music and share moments with each other, if they wish to.

Admission to all events is free. There will be an area in the gallery where people may draw and/or write, expressing their own personal emotions, memories and thoughts about the experience that was/is Sandy. The evening, like the exhibit, is yours; is ours.

The Brooklyn Watercolor Society (BWS), which has partnered with RAA on several occasions, will present the exhibit “Watercolor Plus,” November 3 - December 1 at St. Francis College near Brooklyn Borough Hall. Reception is November 8 6-8 p.m. This is BWS with a twist. Each artist has been limited to three works – two may be in transparent watercolor, but one may be in mixed media. Visit bws.org for information.

Enjoy excellent food? Like excellent art? Why not indulge both those pleasures with a visit to Cuisine by Claudette at 143 Beach 116 Street, a restaurant and caterer that is one of the best things to come to that business strip near the boardwalk. Claudette, herself an artist, invited several local artists to display their work in her restaurant. The art, like the food, is varied and very tasty. Claudette’s dishes, available to eat in the restaurant and to take out, are influenced by an exquisite international palette.

Christian Le Gars’ masterful original prints and watercolors of urban night scenes sparkle with the lights of life and excitement that is the city after dark. The beautiful pottery of Susan Locke and Gene Nichol invite you to grace your home with practical cups, vases, pots and more that are a pleasure to use. Jack Neafsey’s large wooden relief sculptures are simple yet bold expressions of the love we all share for our seashore environment. Arlene Cornell’s delicate, expertly done watercolors capture everything from the profound, colorful layers of water of a harbor coastline to the solid bulk and grain of wooden walls and furniture. Irv Gordon’s photographs present Rockaway scenes from beach to bay, from surfers to kite flyers to a simple inner tube afloat in a sparkling moonlit shore. Sherry Calamin’s gray-scale painting reveals the fascinating structure of a shell-like object.

Most Rockawayites know Thomas Kerr as an editorial cartoonist for The Wave. Here we are introduced to a new and unexpectedly diverse Kerr, with two wonderful pastels, and with pen and ink drawings that express the poetic flow of a welk shell, and a vase and leaves; plus two cartoons compactly composed to enhance their explosive messages. Liz Smith’s photographs are brimming with the vocabulary of the sea and shore – proudly displayed American flags, Manhattan skylines, sand, ocean and one special scene found “Under the Rainbow.” Restaurant hours are Tuesday Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Go Enjoy. RAA Contact Info: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org CU@RoCA.

Fort Tilden Highlights:

CALM/STORM/REBIRTH: October 26th-November 24th, 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.
Reception: Sunday, Oct 27th, 12-4
p.m. Admission is free to all events.
See column.
Tues., October 29th, 6-8 p.m. See
NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING: Monday, November 11th,
7:30 p.m., sTudio 7.

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