2000-07-29 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio
Rockaway Artists Alliance

RAA is involved in a couple of great programs for kids this summer. One is called Camp kidsmART, an extraordinary adventure in art, exercise, gardening, exploration and fun that I will tell you about in a later column. The other is a performing arts workshop being held in Fort Tilden’s Post Theater by RAA and the Rockaway Theatre Company in collaboration with Gateway National Recreation Area. Given on Saturdays, the workshop began July 15 and will continue through August 19. Teaching the visual and performing arts to children, the workshop is designed to culminate in a production, which will be presented on August 19 at 2 p.m. in the theater. The performance is open to the public free of charge (though donations to the continuing renovation of the theater will be most gladly accepted).

Learning the basics of acting and stagecraft, in the first two weeks the participants have chosen their characters and worked on plot development and scenic design. Over the next weeks, they will continue to assist in writing, designing and painting sets and props for the final production in which they will all perform. Skills being taught include movement, mime, vocal skills, dramatic techniques, stage design, prop making, set painting and stagecraft. Watch this space for the continuing story. Frankly, I can’t wait to see what develops.

Shack Attack Alert – Tuesday, August 1 from noon to 4 p.m. – Lifeguard Shack "re-oomphed" -- Open invitation to children of all ages and parents of all ages -- Come join the fun. Join the RAA with Geoff Rawling in redecorating the lifeguard shack on 117 street and the boardwalk, being done in conjunction with that evening’s "Night Out Against Crime." Be part of the beautification of a symbol of Rockaway. Leave your mark, in a most constructive and fun way, for all to see on a visible piece of your community. Be sure to dress in clothes that "love" paint. Simultaneously, a sandcastle contest will be held on the beach. Live music will be supplied by the band Rooftop Life. Snacks will be supplied by The Beach Club. Supplies will be supplied by Brown’s Hardware. Fun will be supplied by everyone. Unveiling of the redazzled shack to take place in the evening. So come enjoy the day and stick around for an evening of fireworks and community support. Shack Attack takes place with the support of the 100 Precinct Community Council, the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, Community Board 14, Brown’s Hardware, West End Realty, The Beach Club and The Wave newspaper.

Remember that Tuesday, August 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. the Queens Council on the Arts is holding a NYSCA year 2001 individual and group grants application seminar at sTudio-6 (T-6) in Fort Tilden. Remember, too, that if you are a first time applicant, you must attend a seminar in order to be eligible.

This week RAA says au revoir to one of its most treasured members. Joan Doblin Vogel is moving to Pittsburgh. Joan has been part of this organization since it began. She was on its first board of directors and is presently, again on the board. It is difficult to imagine RAA without her. We know, of course, that Joan will be successful no matter where she is or what she does. She is an artist of impeccable technique and taste. She is a woman of enormous intelligence, warmth and sparkling wit whose flair for life makes her ageless. Marina Callaghan says of Joan that she is a rock upon whom so many of us have been able to lean. As a sage recently said, "Oh dear Joan, though people part, they’re joined forever in their hearts." So, dear friend, we will say au revoir and not goodbye, for we will never let go of you. Good luck, dear Joan. Until next time…

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