1999-10-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance is very pleased to announce that the 100 Precinct Community Council will be honoring Geoff Rawling, as president of the RAA, and Barbara Eisenstadt, who is so active in community affairs, at the Council’s Oktoberfest breakfast. The breakfast will be held Sunday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90 street. The affair kicks off the fundraising for "Fireworks 2000-Night Out Against Crime". Tickets are $20 each and may be acquired from Palmer Doyle, Barbara Buffolino, Liz Sulik or at The Wave office. Thank you to the 100 Precinct Community Council for recognizing two Rockawayites who bring beauty and positive things to their community. They are always there, in many capacities, ready to serve their fellow citizens.

Joan Doblin Vogel is one of RAA’s most esteemed members. Her house portraits have been commissioned all over the country, including various parts of Rockaway. We thought you would enjoy seeing two of them. The home with the wreath next to the front door is a Rockaway house. Can you figure out which one it is? Here is a clue. It is in Belle Harbor. Vogel works in various media, including acrylic, pen and ink and watercolor. Her house portraits are done in both pen and ink and in color. We have provided, for your pleasure, one of each. Should you wish to immortalize your own abode in this beautifully loving manner, all you need do is to contact Joan Vogel in Breezy Point, or the RAA office.

Just to remind you, the RAA tour of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve and the Broad Channel Historical Society’s fifth annual exhibition takes place Sunday, October 17. The tour meets at 12 noon at the preserve’s main building. Binoculars and comfortable shoes are encouraged. Spend the day in gorgeous fall scenery and the astute expertise of "Birdman" Denis Macrae. Suggested donation is $10. All profits go to the RAA so we can bring you more events like this one.

Nominations for RAA officers and board members will be held at the November general meeting. Elections will be held at the December general meeting. Kevin Callaghan is chairing the election committee and looking for assistance. If you are interested in running for office or in helping Kevin, contact him or the RAA office.

Rockaway Music and Arts Council is holding a Fine Art Exhibition and Sale on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 at Saint Rose of Lima R.C. Church. Artists may submit up to five pieces of art. Three are guaranteed to be hung. The deadline for applications is October 22. Applications may be acquired by contacting Arlene Cornell or Steve Yaeger. The reception will take place November 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. The donation is $5. Participating artists receive two free passes. The art sale will be open to the public on November 21 from 12 to 5 p.m. For further information, contact Ms. Cornell at 1 Beach 105 street.

In November RAA’s newsletter will begin an expanded format. It will contain more information, pictures and, for the first time, will make advertising available to the business and art community. Anyone wishing to put in an ad, contact Karen McCallion or the RAA office. The deadline for submitting a November newsletter ad is November 1. The ad must be no larger than business card size. Advertising fees are: $100 per year, $50 per ½ year for non-members; $80 per year, $40 per ½ year for members. This newsletter reaches a large number of artists, supporters of the arts, and their families. Advertising in it will allow you to reach them as well.

Like a fine piece of Limburger cheese, Medium Rayah does not age, she ripens. However, since The Madam is approaching the half-century mark, her memory occasionally fails her. As a result, she has misplaced one of her two antique crystal balls. Limbaugh, Madam’s masseur and hormone therapist, is speeding to her side, even as we speak. We are confident that after a few "schpritzes" of Limbaugh’s magic fluids, Rayah’s memory will be fully restored. Until that time, however, her Halloween predictions will be half-glassed. What follows are the images which appear so far in her solitary globe.

Bodies which appear alive, yet do not breathe. Giant pieces of wax with human features wielding axes, knives, hatchets and bats of the baseball persuasion. Blood curdling screams for mercy. What could all this mean? The "morning-after" of Rayah’s pre-millennium bash? A candle manufacturer with a warped sense of human? Something more? Something less? Something borrowed? Something blue? What??? Oh, confusion reigns in The Madam’s tent. Without her "stereo-ed" glass baubles, the images are incomplete. Rayah isn’t half the gypsy she used to be. Let us hope that next week she will recover her full powers. Oh rush, Limbaugh, rush!

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