1999-07-03 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Patrick Antonelle and Susan Hartenstein

Wednesday, June 16 RAA members Patrick Antonelle, Joan Doblin Vogel and Maureen McGuire visited the Neponsit Adult Day Health Care Center, located at Young Israel of Far Rockaway. Patrick, Joan and Maureen presented their artwork, explained technique and answered questions. Welcomed by the staff and residents with open arms, the three are old friends to the Center. Several times last year they had presented similar art shows and workshops at the Neponsit home of the Center. Most of the approximately sixty residents who attended Wednesday’s show, had attended last year’s shows. Concluding the event was an exciting free raffle of artwork, prints and greeting cards, at which the majority of the residents attending came away winners. Residents and staff had looked forward to this day with great anticipation. So thrilled were they with the visit, they presented the artists with a cake and Certificates of Appreciation.

Patrick Antonelle has been involved for several years now with what he describes as "a calling". Since 1996, he and a group of New York City artists have been visiting nursing homes and hospitals such as Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home, Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital and Cardinal Cooke Nursing Home. They bring their art to those who cannot get out to museums and galleries. Patrick has seen the joy and stimulation art brings to the patients and residents. For several hours they are taken away from their problems and are involved in something beautiful and uplifting. Art is therapeutic and healing. Patrick is interested in expanding his group and welcomes new participants. If anyone is interested in joining this outreach, please contact Patrick Antonelle through the RAA office. Any nursing homes or hospitals interested in scheduling a visit, please call the office. There is no fee for this service and the artists are not compensated. Patrick feels it’s "a way of ‘giving back’ for the gifts and talents we possess, to those who are in need, as ‘we shall pass this way but once.’ Therefore let’s do whatever we can to help one another."

Patrick has ongoing exhibits this summer. They include shows at: Chrysallis Gallery, Main Street, Southampton, NY; Hudson River Art Gallery, Roundhouse Road, Piermont, NY; Artrageous Gallery, Columbus Avenue and West 75th Street, NYC; The Artful Deposit, Main Street, Allentown, NJ.

Once again this year RAA is having an exhibit and raffle on board the "Light Up Rockaway" Community Cruise. This annual event is held by the 100 Precinct Community Council. Proceeds from the ticket sales help fund the fireworks display of Night Out Against Crime. The cruise will take place Thursday, July 8. All proceeds from the RAA raffle also go to fund the fireworks. Either prints or originals may be donated to the raffle. Small works or larger works are both acceptable. To arrange dropping off your artwork, call the RAA office or Geoff Rawling as soon as possible. This is an enormously enjoyable event. For the price of $55, not only are you contributing to a good cause, but you’re treated to a delicious buffet dinner, a DJ, the fun of dancing under the stars and a gorgeous evening cruise around Manhattan, complete with breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the South Street Seaport. There’s a cash bar. Boarding is 6:15 pm at 108 street and Beach Channel drive, departure at 6:45 pm, returning at approximately 10:30 pm. For tickets call Palmer Doyle or get them at the Beach Club.

Applause to the artists of the Hammel Senior Center, five of whom are RAA members, for their latest works displayed Tuesday, June 29 at the Center. Under the skillful instruction and encouragement of Geoff Rawling, seniors who have been painting for years and those who have just started, keep getting better and better. Beautiful work, guys. Congratulations!

Three education murals were created this year by the students in RAA’s Saturday mural workshop, taught by Alexus Guzman at Junior High School 198. All the children were presented with gold medals for their excellent collaborative accomplishments. The murals were entitled "Educational Mural", "Keep Cool Stay in School" and "Work and Unity".



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