2000-02-19 / Columnists

From the Artists Studio...by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

The Rockaway Artists Alliance is sending out an open call to artists. RAA is hosting a multi-media arts event throughout the month of October 2000 in Fort Tilden, in conjunction with the Gateway National Recreation Area and the Rockaway Theatre Company, as part of the Queens Millennium Festival. Sculpture, photography and fine arts will be exhibited in and around buildings T-7 and "sTudio-6" (T-6). Theater performances, movie/film screenings and workshops will be taking place in the Post Theater, on the beach or in the park. Live concerts and performance art are to be scheduled. RAA culminates its participation in the Queens Millennium Festival by inviting all to their enormously well attended Halloween Extravaganza, October 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. This interactive Halloween production has become a part of the park’s "Fright Fest" activities.

The Queens Millennium Festival offers a unique opportunity for artists who live, work, perform or exhibit in Queens to participate in this borough-wide event at our spacious and scenic indoor/outdoor venue. This event is sponsored by Borough President Claire Shulman’s office and coordinated through the Queens Historical Society and the Queens Council on the Arts.

RAA announces its call to artists, sculptors, photographers, video/filmmakers, actors, performers and musicians for slides/tapes and/or specific proposals for curatorial review. The deadline for submission of work is June 1, 2000. There is a $15 registration fee for non-RAA members. Send a resume, supporting materials and SASE to: RAA Millennium EXPO/ 260 Beach 116 street, Rockaway Park, N.Y. 11694. To submit slides: 8-12 slides are to be placed in a slide sheet and labeled with artist’s name, slide number, medium, title of work and size. Video/filmmakers: Queue one video for immediate play, and submit a short statement detailing the work to be seen. Site specific works: Submit a one page written description detailing the scope of the intended piece, plus drawings and/or slides of previous projects. For any further information, please call the RAA office or contact us by e-mail at rockart116@aol.com.

The first RAA art courses to be taught in building "sTudio-6" (T-6), Fort Tilden, will be given on six consecutive Saturdays—March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, and 15. Miriam Abraham will teach ceramics from 12 to 2 p.m. Geoff Rawling will teach acrylic and oil painting from 2 to 4 p.m. The program is open to children and adolescents, ages 8 to 16. Registration is limited to 12 students for each course. RAA is asking for a registration fee of $20. To register, please call Geoff at the RAA office or e-mail us. We are most grateful to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings for facilitating the grant money for this program.

P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, is presenting "Greater New York—New Art in New York Now". The show features young artists from all five boroughs and the greater New York area. The opening reception is Sunday, February 27 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., and will be a celebration by the city’s art and business communities, of "the vital, creative voices that put the ‘great’ in Greater New York".

Just a few weeks ago, the Museum of Modern Art’s Director Glenn D. Lowry and P.S. 1’s Executive Director Alanna Heiss signed a partnership agreement, which has been months in the making. RAA’s Geoff Rawling and Kate Judge attended the business breakfast at P.S. 1 hosted by the Long Island City Business Development Corporation and the New York City Comptroller’s office. P.S 1 is said to be the largest contemporary arts facility on the planet, to date. Lowry eloquently spoke of a new "cultural corridor" from 53 street (MOMA), over the East River, to Long Island City. This north Queens neighborhood boasts the Socrates Sculpture Park, the Isamu Noguchi Museum and P.S. 1, but now needs the ancillary businesses (restaurants, etc.) to support the impressive crowds that these cultural institutions are attracting.

RAA appeared to be the only arts organization in attendance. The rest were businesspeople. Geoff mentioned to Ms. Heiss that we in Rockaway are at the end of this cultural corridor through Queens and therefore, a key link in it—a light at the end of the tunnel, perhaps?

Long Island City is primarily an industrial area and in much need of revitalization. In comparison, Rawling points out, Rockaway is a far more aesthetic and potentially much easier target for investment, especially "when our ferry comes in." From your mouth, Geoff, to God’s ear.

RAA thanks Patrick Clark for his lecture/demonstration, at our last general meeting, on the process of casting crystal. It provided insight not only into the complex process itself, but also into the exquisite artistic impulses that Clark brings to all his work.

We say goodbye this week to a man whose pen was filled with warmth, humor and spirituality. Charles Schulz’ artistry was to give shape, dimension and voice to very human characters, while unsentimentally affording them the dignity and respect due them. Charles Schulz’ art and his wisdom will be missed.

Enjoy. See you next week.

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