2000-06-03 / Columnists

From the Artists Studio...by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

The Rockaway Artists Alliance wishes to thank Starbucks Coffee Shop for its cooperation in making our exhibition and outdoor fair at the Howard Beach branch such a success. Every artist who participated in the fair sold artwork. As gratifying was the positive response our organization received from residents of that area and other parts of the city and Long Island. The Memorial Day traffic brought us people not only from Howard Beach and Broad Channel, but also from as far away as Manhattan, Port Jefferson and Connecticut. We were able to bring exposure of RAA to artists interested in joining us; to collectors, to parents, schoolchildren and fellow education professionals impressed with our school programs and to people interested in seeing fine art in a beautiful setting. Most important, we were able to shine a positive light on the name of "Rockaway" for people who had no idea the talent found in this area of the city; who had no idea the ability this part of New York has for drawing tourist dollars through an active arts community.

Rockaway Artists Alliance thanks Starbucks district manager Andrew Alfano and the Howard Beach store manager Kathy Ortiz and her staff for their cooperation in making our month-long stay as pleasant and successful as it was. We applaud them for bringing something beautiful to their community.

"Movies by Moonlight"—classic cinema under the stars. Rockawayites will once again have movies to attend in their own community. Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 Rockaway Artists Alliance, in cooperation with Gateway National Recreation Area, will present two classic films for free on the parade grounds of Fort Tilden. Friday the Marx Brothers’ "Horsefeathers" will be shown. Saturday the Oscar-winning "West Side Story" is on the bill. Both movie nights will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will include cartoons. So bring your beach chair, blanket, your "honey" and/or mate and your kids and enjoy the cool breezes and great cinema in Rockaway. Funding has been provided by the office of Councilman Al Stabile and by RAA.

June 9 and 10, movies will be only part of your enjoyment. Just a stone’s throw down the road, RAA’s first exhibition in sTudio-6 at Fort Tilden will be on view. This long awaited member exhibit in our new gallery will boast some of the finest work by this area’s best artists. June 9 a preview reception will be held and June 10 a reception will be held at the gallery from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., open to the public. Entertainment will also be provided. So make a night of it. Come admire the fine art of local artists and stroll over for laughs, tears and the popcorn of your choice. The exhibit will run through the end of June. Gallery hours will appear in this column.

RAA’s award winning filmmaker, Kate Judge, is the organizer of "Movies by Moonlight". Judge, a native of Rockaway, is hoping that "M x M" will be the beginning of an expanded annual program of special film events in Rockaway. The creativity to run such a program is here. Judge has the talent and the credentials. All that is needed is for the public to express its desire for the funding to be provided by public and /or private sources.

Judge’s fascinating short film "Iceman", which examines the imagery of a fleeting moment, is playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on the evening of Tuesday, June 6 and at Anthology Film Archive, 2 street and 2 avenue in Manhattan, on June 7. It premiered earlier this year at the Irish International Film Festival. If you wish further information, please contact Judge at wowthem@juno.com.

On May 11 RAA instructors Kate Judge (where have we heard that name before?) and Chris Jorge took 35 sixth grade photography students from Middle School 180 for a guided tour of the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. After a lunch in Central Park, the students were given an outdoor photography exercise. The resulting pictures are now in the process of being developed.

From Geoff Rawling—a tumultuous thank you to Gateway National Recreation Area’s maintenance staff, Ricky, Brian, Sully and the crew (sorry guys, didn’t get your names) for their backbreaking work. There are now new sewer lines to buildings T-6, T-7 and the Post Theater and water hook-ups. So our artists, actors and guests can be watered freely. Our thanks, of course, to Billy Garrett, superintendent of Jamaica Bay/Breezy Point Unit, for facilitating the whole process in such a timely manner.

Saturday, June 3 RAA’s Children’s Art Education Exhibition begins at Citibank in the Waldbaum’s Shopping Center on Beach Channel drive and 113 street. This show will feature some of the best work done by the children in our arts education programs. We thank Citibank for believing in our kids as much as we do.

It is with heartfelt sympathy that RAA expresses its condolences to the Weiner family on the tragic death of Congressman Weiner’s brother Seth.

Until next week…


RAA photographer and teacher Kate Judge instructs MS 180 students on how to prepare for their photo shoot in Central Park.
RAA photographer and teacher Kate Judge instructs MS 180 students on how to prepare for their photo shoot in Central Park.

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