2000-05-13 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

Correction. Last week you read that the outdoor fair that RAA is holding at Starbucks in Howard Beach will take place May 27 and 29. Wrong. Even though we are skipping for joy about the fair, we aren’t skipping days. The fair will be Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 of Memorial Day Weekend. If you are an RAA member and wish to participate, please contact Martha Killian or me ASAP in order to make arrangements. The waterside setting is attractive and the holiday weekend is highly trafficked. This will be a wonderful opportunity to sell your work.

RAA’s month long indoor exhibit at Starbucks has been receiving much positive reaction. The artworks will be periodically changed to show off as much of the talent in RAA as possible. So treat your eyeballs as well as your taste buds and check out the exhibit at 157-41 Cross Bay boulevard.

Submission dates have been set for the inaugural RAA member exhibit in sTudio-6, Fort Tilden. Bring your work to sTudio-6 (a.k.a T-6) on Friday, June 2 from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. or Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Absolutely impossible? Call Martha Killian or me to make other arrangements. Sculpture may be submitted, but please provide the pedestal. I encourage all RAA members to submit work for this month long exhibit. This important event should present, with pride, the best RAA has to offer. If you have questions, contact us.

June 1, 2000 is the deadline for submission of applications to enter the Queens Millennium Festival that RAA is hosting in October 2000. Applicants need not be RAA members. Eligibility simply requires that you live, work, perform or exhibit in Queens. The Millennium Festival is a borough-wide event sponsored by Borough President Claire Shulman’s office and coordinated through the Queens Historical Society and the Queens Council on the Arts. Laurene Buckley, executive director of the Queens Museum of Art, and Terri Osborne, former executive director of Queens Council on the Arts, will jury RAA’s October Millennium event. Applications and details about requirements for submission are available through the RAA office at 260 Beach 116 street. Our e-mail address is rockart116@aol.com. We welcome sculptors, photographers, fine artists, video / filmmakers, actors, performers and musicians to this unique multi-media arts event to be presented at Fort Tilden in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area and the Rockaway Theatre Company. The spacious indoor/outdoor facilities of Fort Tilden provide an opportunity to expose your work, including large sculptures, to important people in the world of Queens arts and to the press covering the festival.

Sunday, May 21—a double header at Fort Tilden. Meet at 10 a.m. rain or shine at building T-6 for a birdwalk/birddraw tour in the woods and along the beach, to be lead by Denis Macrae. Bring binoculars and birdbooks if possible. Optional picnic lunch at 12:30. There is a suggested $10 donation per family. Want even more fun? Anytime between 1p.m and 5 p.m. on this day join us in cleaning, scraping, painting and general clean up of buildings T-6 and T-7. Lend your muscles and/or brains to this vital effort. You bring food and we’ll supply the coals and barbecue.

Many thanks to master printmaker Elizabeth Harington for her informative lecture/demonstration at our May 8 meeting. Harington discussed and showed examples of the three basic printmaking techniques, which are imprinting, stenciling and transfer. Her extensive experience in this art form has resulted in an understanding of its subtleties and possibilities. Audience members were able to practice some monoprint techniques and had great fun creating prints together. Many expressed interest in forming a group to attend a session at the world famous Printmaking Workshop in Manhattan, where Harington works and teaches. If you are interested in joining such a group, please inform us at the RAA office.

For the second year in a row, RAA had the honor of being one of only one hundred arts organizations to be invited to the New York City Board of Education Arts Services Fair. On May 8 the fair was once again held in the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. RAA was in good company. Other vendors invited by the Board of Education and the New York City Department of Cultural Affair included the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum. The Temple was "packed" with representatives from the school districts in all five boroughs who came to learn about the arts services offered by the vendors. Geoff Rawling, Marina Callaghan and Chris Jorge "personned" the RAA table. We look forward to new opportunities resulting from this fair to serve the schoolchildren of New York.

Happy Mother’s Day.

We present this week two photographs of paintings by Kevin Callaghan. Enjoy!


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