From The Artists Studio
Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
The RAA family suffered a painful loss last week. Ramon Torres, the 14-year-old younger brother of RAA teen assistant Chris Torres, died of a congenital heart ailment. Chris, a Grammy-winning songwriter, and Ramon were part of the band Rooftop Life. Many who attended the recent Rockaway Irish Festival will remember that band and Ramon, the band’s drummer. RAA teachers and teen assistants are deeply saddened by this loss. He was a sweet, dear and very special young man. Words are insufficient vehicles of sympathy. But to his mother and father, Anna and Ray, and to his entire family, we express our love and grief.
RAA’s next meeting will take place Monday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149. Denis Macrae will present a slide show. everyone attending the meeting is invited to submit up to forty slides in Kodak carousel.
Special thanks from RAA to Fort Tilden Army reserve for their generous donation of a utility sink just installed in building T-6.
Rockaway Theatre Company is to be congratulated on their highly entertaining August 26 fundraiser at the Post Theater. The packed house participated in raffles that offered beautiful and useful gifts. Attendees were also able to bid on pieces of artwork donated by Rockaway artists and by the talented RTC actress and director, Maureen Gileece Harms. We now officially know that she is a triple threat. Dare we inquire if there is a fourth hidden talent? Best of all, RTC did what it does best--it presented theater. The audience was treated to an encore presentation of "Only The Shadow Knows," the charming play created by the children of the recent RAA/RTC Theater Workshop. Presented in addition was a riotous version of an episode of "The Honeymooners" series, a surprise musical routine and an acting lesson from Mario Martone, director of "Rumors" and the upcoming "Once Upon A Mattress." Other merriment included a coin toss, pie-throwing and the raffling off of a small part in "Mattress." (Congratulations, Michael Lavin.) Thank You to John Gileece and his entire company for such an enjoyable evening. All who attended were aware that the money raised was going to a vital cause--renovating the Post Theatre in order to strengthen a pillar in the cultural renaissance of Rockaway.
Once again this year the Rockaway Music and Arts Council Festival will boast an art exhibition hung on the very visible venue of the fence in front of the bathhouse. The exhibit will be a joint venture of RAA and RMAC. As in the past, RAA will have an information/art display table. Any RAA members interested in showing work at either or both of these locations, contact Geoff Rawling or me at the RAA office. Children and their parents will be pleased to know the Geoff is doing a mural with the youngsters at the festival. All are invited to this always popular, always entertaining event. Mark your calendars now for this annual weekend. This year’s festival takes place September 23 and 24.
Viking Sail 2000--Artists--You are invited to sketch, paint, photograph or otherwise capture the look and feel of this Nordic Rockaway adventure. Bring work to display.
‘Til next week, Ho yo ta ho yo! (as good as any Viking maiden knows).