1999-11-06 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

RAA will hold two exhibits in December. On Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5 RAA will exhibit works as part of the Saint Camillus Home School’s holiday boutique. Gifts for the holiday season will be sold at this fundraising arts and crafts show. Jurying for our exhibit will be held Sunday, November 28 and Wednesday, December 1 from 6-9 p.m. each day. All members interested in participating, please bring a maximum of four works to 134-08 Cronston avenue, Belle Harbor, for selection. Prints, photographs and original paintings are all acceptable. Each piece must be properly framed with a well-secured wire across the back for hanging. There is a $10 hanging fee. On any works sold there is a 10 percent donation to RAA and a 10 percent donation to Saint Camillus. If you have any questions, please contact me at home or through the RAA office.

RAA’s Fifth Anniversary Exhibit and Celebration will take place, appropriately, on Monday, December 13 at the final general meeting of the millennium. Elections will be held, as well as a holiday party as befits the magnitude of the occasion. Members of RAA’s brand spanking new advisory board will be invited to attend. More details concerning this exhibit and the one at Saint Camillus will appear in subsequent columns.

Mark Saturday, November 20 on your calendar as the date of the next RAA tour. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Building T-1 in Fort Tilden. T-1 is the large brick administration building. Suggested donation is $10. Stops on this Breezy Point tour will include the art exhibit at Christ Community Church and the beautiful new stained glass entrance doors of Saint Thomas More Church, designed by Bernard Deschler and executed by Patrick Clark. Deschler and Clark are both renowned RAA members. The tour may include a couple of surprises as well. Stay tuned for more.

Christian Le Gars has three pieces in the Brooklyn Watercolor Society exhibit at Old First Reformed Church on the corner of 7 avenue and Carroll street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Each work in this fascinating-sounding show is inspired by a different verse from the Book of Revelation. For both artist and observer, this exhibit is an opportunity, as we stand on the precipice of time, to reflect on our spiritual lives. Le Gars, who has been doing some brilliant work of late in the print medium, has three hand colored original artist’s prints in this show. Each is executed in the painstaking and exciting technique of combining aquatint and solar plate intaglio with aquarelle wash. I hope in the future to bring you more about this exhibit and about Le Gars’ work in the print medium. The opening reception is Sunday, November 7, 12:30-2:00 p.m. The exhibit will be open every Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a BWS representative on duty from 1-4 p.m. The show runs through January 9, 2000.

Claude Samton is a successful architect and a member of RAA’s advisory board. Friday, November 12 from 6-9 p.m. he is holding a celebration of his website and a reception at his studio, to see his original artwork—large photo mosaics. The studio is located at 84 Mercer street between Spring and Broome streets.

Congratulations to the winners in last Saturday’s Halloween parade and window painting contest. Their names and faces will appear in other places in this newspaper. Congratulations to all the participants. The choices were tough—everyone was great. And congratulations to the sponsors. You make the entire community a winner.

And now, for the most portentous business at hand. Sometimes Medium Rayah wishes she were not quite so good at her job. She saw the doom which lay ahead in the Fort of Tilden Halloween night, but did they listen? No. Oh, the agita! An estimated thousand souls entered the House of Whacks to hear sights and see sounds to curdle the blood of even the most stalwart. Those who emerged were driven so mad with fright, they claimed to have had the time of their lives, enjoying another sparklingly brilliant production from Marina, Geoff, Jan/Gus, Fritz/Fritz and company. Could those really have been screams of terrified glee? Did those horrified faces really belong to satisfied customers? Is Jack Nicholson really a fireman? And finally, was that really Liam Neeson? Bravo to all the perpetrators who fooled everyone--everyone but Rayah. Rayah sees all, knows all, but can’t get no respect. Well, maybe next year they’ll listen.

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