1999-05-22 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

Didn’t hear me the first time? Okay. Wednesday, May 26, jurying takes place for RAA’s long-awaited photography exhibit at Peninsula Hospital Center. Bring a maximum of four pieces to 134-08 Cronston avenue, Belle Harbor between 5 and 8 p.m. Works not accepted may be removed after 8 p.m. Photographs must be properly framed with a well-secured wire across the back for hanging. Maximum dimensions, framed, are 16 inches by 20 inches. Bring a short biography and a list of the titles, dimensions and prices of your works. Unhappy photographers are not allowed to exist in our universe. So call me in advance to make other arrangements if you absolutely can’t come Wednesday evening. There is a $10 hanging donation and a 20 percent donation on all works sold.

Ever since our first exhibit at this venue, hospital staff members have asked when we would return. Let’s give them a reason to ask us to return yet again. Bring us pieces that haven’t already been seen in our community exhibits. The show begins June 1 and runs two to three weeks. The good news just keeps building for our June 13 Building Fund Benefit. In answer to the thousands and thousands and thousands of inquiries I have received – yes, Medium Rayah will, indeed, be making an appearance. Taking time from her busy late Spring séance schedule, the Madam has graciously agreed to dispense her cosmic wisdom. Your life will never be the same. She may even be persuaded to entertain us with selections from her vast repertoire of gypsy sailor songs. Does it get any better? Yes, it does. Find out how in our next column. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this event, call Marina Callaghan.

Saturday, May 22 – Joe Rothenberg–Queens Museum of Art. Need I say more? Well okay, just a little more. 12:30 p.m is the special tour of the museum for RAA members. 2:00 p.m. is Joe’s insightful slide/lecture open to everyone. 3:00 p.m. refresh yourself with cheese, crackers, wine etc. and the company of the scintillating group that is RAA.

Speaking of RAA special events, thanks to Denis Macrae for making last Sunday so terrific. Denis arranged tours that day of P.S. 1 and the Socrates Sculpture Park. From the moment one enters its environment one is quite aware that P.S. 1 is not going to be the usual museum experience. Huge krylon portraits hang on the outside walls. Large robot-like sculptures inhabit the sparse inner courtyard, disturbing yet fascinating the visitor. We were informed by our knowledgeable docent, Eva Levinson, that the exhibits at P. S. 1 are constantly changed. "Generation Z" is the present show. The viewer walks through and interacts with various types of environments that effect her sometimes viscerally, sometimes intellectually. Some I found ultimately worthwhile, others not. But all provoked the always stimulating exploration of the nature of art. P.S. 1 as a building is, in itself, worth a visit. Encountered are one extraordinary space after another. Socrates Sculpture Park is another marvelous space. This huge outdoor area is filled with thirty or forty sculptures, both enormous and small. The gorgeous view across the East River to Manhattan is part of the experience. Now an official sculpture park, it is part of a burgeoning arts scene in west Queens.

RAA has just been approved for an expanded contract with the New York City Board of Education through the year 2001. It will allow us to provide expanded arts education classes to New York City public school students throughout all five boroughs and will increase our ability to hire art instructors for our arts education programs. Artists looking for work should forward their resumes to RAA at 260 Beach 116 street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694. We will also be able to provide workshops to New York City public school teachers which will lead them to value, appreciate and to integrate the arts into their professional practice. Saturday, May 22 and Sunday May 23 at 2pm "Pete’s Meteor", a film produced by Julia Judge, Kate Judge’s sister, will be presented at "Shrink Wrapped", a festival of movies for kids. The festival is at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center, 165 West 65 street, plaza level. Directed by Joe O’Byrne, the film about three Dublin children, won Special Mention at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival. Cast members include Brenda Fricker and Mike Meyers. If you wish to go with Kate on Sunday, call the RAA office.

More about festivities, next week.

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