2013-12-06 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Here And Now; Up And Coming
By Susan Hartenstein

Fort Tilden Highlights:

NEXT GENERAL MEETING: Mon., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., sTudio 7. See below.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT/RECEPTION/ HOLIDAY PARTY: “Gifted,” annual RAA member exhibit will be on view Dec. 7-Jan. 19 in sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours are Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free to all events. See column. Opening reception: Dec. 9, which will double, pardon me, triple as the organization’s monthly general meeting and annual holiday party.

See column.

INSPECTING CAROL: Rockaway Theatre Company is reviving their production of this hilarious twist on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, written by Daniel Sullivan. Under the able batons of the dynamic directing duo of Peggy Page Press and Michael Wotypka, performances are Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 15 at 3 p.m. Tix: 718-374-6400; rockawaytheatrecompany.org. (You never know who will make a ‘cameo appearance.’)

“Gifted,” is RAA’s annual holiday exhibit, showcasing RAA members only. A juried exhibition open to all media, “Gifted” is on view December 7, 2013- January 19, 2014. Opening reception is December 9, which will also be our general meeting of that month and our holiday party.

RAA 2014: As 2013 draws to a close, it is time to look to next year’s exhibitions schedule to begin stirring up those creative juices, inspiring ideas and images you would like to explore in the coming months. (Subject to changes as schedules may have to be jockeyed a bit) “Mixed Media”: February 1-March 23, sTudio 7 Gallery. Deadline: 1/10/14.

Combine more than one medium to create a unified whole. Sort of like playing with crayons and paint and

Cheez Doodles when you were a kid.

Play; experiment; enjoy. Solo show(s) will take up much of February and March in sTudio 6 Gallery. April 12- June 1: “Black and White All

Over” in sTudio 6 (if available). Deadline: 3/21/14 – open to all mediums,

RAA invites you to pursue the dynamics, the subtleties, the contrasts, the glories of the absence of color (black) and all colors in total (white), and all shades between. Did you know

Georges Seurat shunned charcoal for his drawings in favor of conte crayon because it gave him a darker dark?

April 12-June 1: “Chroma” in sTudio

7. Deadline: 3/21/14. Why does an artist choose to interpret a scene or subject or abstract concept in color?

The interesting hues in that subject; the interplay of spectral contrasts and harmonies; the excitement found in the vibrating tones of and between colors; the nature of the subject – what makes it scream to be told in color? Answers to the above are: yes; yes; yes; yes; and more. RAA invites a full spectrum of artists in all media (see above) to express themselves in

“Chroma” (1. the purity of a color or its freedom from white or gray. 2. intensity of hue.) June 14-August 10 in sTudio 7. Deadline: 5/23/14. “Sacred Spaces/Favorite

Places” (with a hand-written note describing ‘why’). Now there’s a title to create a plethora of possibilities.

Whet your appetite? There’s more to come. The rest of the schedule two weeks from now.

Kerry Kearney Blues Guitar Workshop: On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.: December 11th in sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Missed the first two? No worries. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Fee: $40. Bring your favorite acoustic guitar! For reservations please call 718-474-0861. Based on its success, it looks like there will be more sessions to come. Stay ‘tuned’ for more details. RAA Contact Info: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org CU@RoCA.

Heads up for “Rockaway After the Storm,” which, according to the filmmakers, is “a documentary-in-progress exploring the vibrancy and resiliency occurring in Rockaway, New York City, a community recovering from Superstorm Sandy.” They further say, “Despite dire predictions about its future, this unsung New York neighborhood is emerging tenaciously. “Rockaway After the Storm” reveals the uncommon vibrancy, personality, and revitalization occurring in Rockaway post-Sandy.” The producer/director is Jennifer Callahan, who with Elizabeth Logan Harris, created “the Bungalows of Rockaway,” an excellent documentary about those legendary structures and their unique cultural milieu in the history of this peninsula. The film is slated to be completed in 2014. Visit http:// rockawayafterthestorm for further information.

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