1999-11-20 / Columnists

From the Artists Studio...by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Two recently completed watercolor house portraits by M. Elliott Killian.

By Susan Hartenstein

RAA is thrilled to welcome the distinguished members of our new advisory board. Board members are: Kevin Buckley, general manager of the Breezy Point Cooperative; Laurene Buckley, executive director of the Queens Museum of Art; Pauline Rhodd Cummings, assemblywoman, 31 A.D.; Roy Fox, arts editor of the Queens Council on the Arts; Jesse Kassowitz, attorney-at-law; Robert Levine, president and CEO of Peninsula Hospital Center; Rosemary Murray, chair of Community Planning Board 14; Theresa J. Osborne, executive director of the Queens Council on the Arts; Audrey Pheffer, assemblywoman, 23 A.D.; Claude Samton, architect and photographer; Anthony Weiner, congressman. We are honored that these leaders from the public and private sector will join us in moving this organization into the future, meeting the needs of our members and of the public. We welcome their expertise and hope we may contribute to them some amount of insight into the cultural needs of Rockaway. They have been invited to join us at RAA’s final general meeting of the millennium and we look forward to seeing them there.

Speaking of that meeting, it takes place on Monday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149 in Fort Tilden. In fact, all general meetings this winter will be held in T-149. Please join us at our December meeting--it’s going to be a lot of fun! RAA is moving in exciting new directions and this meeting will be a celebration of its members, their work and our wonderful public. Covering the walls and racks inside the building will be member artwork—RAA’s Fifth Anniversary Exhibition. We encourage everyone to bring his or her works to show. Martha Killian and I, two hard-working and kindly souls, request that, if you wish to have your works hung, bring them to T-149 at 6:30 p.m. on the 13th. Make sure, too, that they are securely framed with a wire securely attached across the back for hanging. You’ll make our lives a lot easier if you do these two things. Of course, you may bring your unframed and unstrung art as well. We love everything you do and wish to share it with you. Just be prepared to hold it in you lap or hands, suspend it from your nose or lean it against a large object such as Geoff Rawling. More exciting and inspiring events are planned for this meeting, but you will have to wait for further columns to learn of them. However, allow me to say—start saving your most select garbage. That is all I will reveal for now.

Remember, this Saturday, November 20, RAA’s monthly tour meets at 10 a.m. at Fort Tilden, building T-1. It is the first building you come to when coming in the entrance across from the fire station. The tour will first visit the Breezy Point Artists-in-Residence Exhibit at Christ Community Church. RAA members participating are M. Elliott Killian, Maureen McGuire, Lee Ann Sheridan and Joan Doblin Vogel. Next, the tour provides the opportunity to observe the Dalle de Verre windows in the main doors of Saint Thomas More Church in Breezy Point. Dalle de Verre is stained glass consisting of thick chunks of glass set in cement. Designed by Bernie Deschler and fabricated by Patrick Clark, both prominent artists and members of RAA, these works are well worth seeing. Suggested price for the tour is $10.

November 28 and December 1 are the two days to submit the artwork you wish to enter in RAA’s exhibit at the Saint Camillus holiday boutique. Bring your work to 134-08 Cronston avenue between 6 and 9 p.m. on either of these days. If you can’t make those times, please contact me. The work must be framed securely and have a wire across the back. (Where have we heard this before)? Original paintings, photographs and prints are acceptable. There is a $10 hanging fee. For any works sold, we ask that 10 percent of the price go to RAA and 10 percent to Saint Camillus Home School Association.

M. Elliott Killian does house portraits. Two of them accompany this column. She says, "My house portraits are part architectural and part sentimental". Killian recognizes the strong feelings people have for their homes. The first painting is of a Rockaway Point transite bungalow built in the 1920’s. It is still in good condition. These bungalows originally had open front porches, sometimes screened and with no decks. The Radio Flyer was and is still needed. The second portrait is of a year round house of the 1950’s. Killian states, "The owners’ love of flowers made this home a joy to paint". Martha Killian’s love of painting makes it a joy to look at her portraits. If you wish Martha to paint your home, contact her directly in Breezy Point or through the RAA office. Remember that RAA now has an e-mail address:


So come fly with us in cyberspace and land here next week in time for the further adventures of the RAA rangers.


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