2000-02-26 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Participants in the theater workshop "Animals in Winter," a collaboration of National Gateway Recreation Area, Rockaway Theatre Company and Rockaway Artists Alliance. Pictured are (left to right) RAA's Bob McLaughlin, Geoff Rawling, Gateway's park ranger Nancy Corona, and RTC's pegge Page.

Seen in this photo are (left to right) John McLaughlin, RTC's John Gileece, Corona, and Page.

By Susan Hartenstein

Before giving you our "new news", allow me to remind you that sTudio-6 is making its debut as the home of art classes taught by RAA instructors. On six consecutive Saturdays, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 8 and 15, Miriam Abraham and Geoff Rawling will teach ceramics and oil and acrylic painting in building T-6, Fort Tilden. The classes are open to children and adolescents, ages eight to 16. Registration is limited to 12 students for each course, so contact Geoff at the RAA office ASAP. Registration fee is $20.

Congratulations to RAA’s Joseph Rothenberg. Rothenberg won first prize for black and white photography at the Jamaica Bay Bird Sanctuary’s Annual Photography Contest. Winning works by all the awardees are on exhibit in the main building at the sanctuary until February 29. If you have never visited the sanctuary, this is a perfect opportunity to do so. It is a treasure tucked away to the side of Cross Bay boulevard and a treat at any time of the year. Venture out from the main building along the walking trails, even a short distance, and you will find a world of nature to please the eyes and calm the soul. Dress warmly and in layers this time of the year (don’t forget to keep those tootsies toasty). Bring a sketchbook or just your eyeballs and enjoy.

While we are on the subject of the splendid Joe Rothenberg, dates for the splendid Millennium Tour Joe gives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been extended. All Fridays, these dates are: March 3, April 7 and 28, and May 19. To remind you, Rothenberg is a docent at the museum and has devised a tour which explores one work of art for each of the last 10 centuries, setting each work in its artistic, social and historic context. The tour starts at 2 p.m. and lasts approximately one and a half- hours. Simply go to the general information desk and ask for the Highlights Walk.

Arnold Kessler, the RAA photographer who specializes in intimate and sensual color photographs of flowers, will be exhibiting approximately 16 of his works during the month of March at the Portfolio Restaurant located at 4 West 19 street in Manhattan. The reception is Monday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gutenberg Monteiro, the RAA cartoonist who drew the likes of Batman and Spiderman, among others, is showing two of his paintings in the Biennial Members’ Salon Exhibition of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. One of 70 members exhibiting, Monteiro has entered an acrylic painting and one in gouache (non-transparent watercolor). Presented at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern boulevard, the show runs through March 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Mark your calendars now for two upcoming RAA events. Saturday, May 20 we will hold our annual fundraiser in building T-149 at Fort Tilden. These have been very enjoyable occasions and this year will be no exception. Marina Callaghan, this organization’s queen of special events, needs volunteers. So if you want to join in the pre-party fun, call her at the RAA office. "Movies by Moonlight", the outdoor movie weekend we’ve promised you, is coming. Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 you can spend the evening with your family and/or your "sweetie" under the stars, enjoying the flicks and the cool Rockaway breezes. "Cool" Kate Judge is organizing this event, which is being funded through Councilman Al Stabile. Watch this column for more details on "Movies" as the dates approach.

The Queens Museum of Art is holding its next First Thursdays event on March 2 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Admission for this evening of art, music, food and more is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Featured March 2 is Antigone Rising, an all-female pop-rock band, which headlined the Lilith Fair and appeared on the Today Show.

Photographs accompanying this week’s column show some of the participants in the Gateway National Recreation Area/RTC/RAA theater workshop, "Animals in Winter". Pictured are Gateway’s Nancy Corona, RTC’s John Gileece and Peggy Page and RAA’s Bob McLaughlin and Geoff Rawling. Unfortunately, I am unable to give you the names of the fuzzy actors inhabiting the hands of Corona and Page. Their agents demanded their clients have final editing rights on this story, and as a highly independent and principled journalist, I had to refuse. Thank heavens Corona, Gileece, McLaughlin, Page and Rawling aren’t so pretentious.

Adieu, mes amis. A la semaine prochaine.

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