1999-12-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Students in the after school arts workshop at P.S. 183 taught by RAA's art instructor Alex Guzman.

By Susan Hartenstein

Believe it or not, I made an error in last week’s column. So, to take it from the top, the advertising rates in the RAA newsletter are as follows: For non-members--$95/10 months, $50/5 months; for members--$75/10 months, $40/5 months.

RAA’s Arnold Kessler is participating in an exhibit entitled, "Four Photographers, Four Perspectives". The exhibit runs from December 10 through January 31 at the Chedworth Gallery, 2 Madison Avenue, Larchmont N.Y. The opening reception is Saturday, December 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Kessler’s portion of the exhibit is entitled, "Unmasking Nature’s Sensuality". Anyone familiar with this talented gentleman’s work knows that the sensuality and beauty revealed in his photographs of flower parts are enough to make one’s jaw drop.

RAA’s December 13 general meeting is shaping up to be quite an affair. In addition to elections, a 50/50 raffle, a recycled gift exchange, refreshments and an extensive exhibition of RAA artworks to celebrate this organization’s fifth anniversary, we will have a guest speaker whose presentation style sounds as interesting as his work. Vladimir Rozenshtein is a multi-talented artist and artisan who delights in his craft and his audience. Rozenshtein will present a demonstration on how to create the illusion of mosaic elegance using stencils he has developed. This will be followed by practical exercises for the audience and a question and answer session. As if this weren’t enough, beautiful prizes will be given to the first person to finish the exercises’ project, to the person who asks the most difficult question and to the first to solve a crossword puzzle in stenciling art. Come join the fun. I’m sharpening my #2 pencil even as we speak.

Sunday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m., please visit the home of Joe and Maritza Mure and their children for an experience you will never forget. For the last few years these members of the RAA family have constructed "Little North Pole" at the front of their home at 327 Beach 145 street. It is a breathtaking, magical holiday display filled with the likes of Santa, Rudolf, Pokemon, Mickey Mouse, toy soldiers and more. Many figures are larger than life. Some are animated. Sunday is the lighting ceremony. It will include an appearance by Santa giving gifts and children of different denominations from the neighborhood and local schools singing holiday songs. Here’s the "payoff". All donations collected benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Joe Mure says this display has two goals—to put a smile on the face of each child who sees it and to give that child a memory to last a lifetime, and to help a very special group of kids who have juvenile diabetes. Come share the wonders of innocence and feel the light shine in the heart of the child in all of us.

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at P.S. 183 RAA’s Alex Guzman presents an after-school arts program designed to develop and integrate the cognitive, literary, motor and social skills of the students through painting, clay modeling, drawing, poster design and mixed media special arts projects. Guzman’s overall goal for the program is to meet the special and specific needs of these gifted students who require encouragement and support. These workshops are supported by RAA’s arts education program under our DYCD grant.

RAA teachers are teaching teachers. Under Project Arts, our art instructors are expanding into other boroughs. The accompanying photograph shows RAA member Miriam Rankin demonstrating quiltmaking techniques to District 21’s art teachers. She has shared her expertise with some teachers in District 22, as well. Rankin is an experienced multi-media artist who also instructs schoolchildren in puppetmaking. RAA is fortunate to have Miriam Rankin active in our organization. Our professional staff development workshops for teachers are provided through our Board of Education contract that permits RAA artists to share their knowledge. The workshops provide hands-on practical experience for New York City public school teachers, allowing them to enrich their classes with the new skills acquired.

This Saturday and Sunday, please join RAA at the Saint Camillus holiday boutique in Springman Hall, Beach 100 street and Shore Front parkway. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. a wide variety of member artworks will be on exhibit and sale, as will the crafts of many others. We’ll see you there

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