2000-10-28 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio…

She hasn’t slept in three days. Not only are the sounds pounding louder and louder in her skull; the images are growing more and more frightening. Soothsayer, watercolorist and formal ball gown designer Medium Rayah has developed deep, dark circles under her lovely doe-like eyes ever since tuning into the vibrations of the forthcoming October 31 RAA Halloween fright night. In her annual attempt to warn an innocent public about the ghoulishly delicious horrors of this event, Rayah has sacrificed her own physical and mental health (not that this was ever on steady ground to begin with, let’s face it.)

Last week I informed you that the maniacal music of a non-stop calliope was invading the consciousness of the RAA’s favorite fortuneteller. Wild images of bloodstained carnival characters were also preventing her finely sculpted head from resting peacefully on her pillow. Well, this week our delicate donna has had the overwhelming sense of being sucked, herself, into this mad maelstrom of blood, gore, ghouls and stale popcorn. Go do someone a favor! How did the philanthropic Rayah get pulled into this mess? How will she get out? Will she get out, alive? What fiendish and totally free of charge family fun awaits those poor, unsuspecting souls planning to attend "La Maison des Lunes" ("House of the Moon"), October 31’s RAA Halloween extravaganza in and around the administration building of Fort Tilden from 5-8 p.m.? Not even the Madam will know the answers until that fateful evening. All I can say is that the Park Police, who provide security for this event, are putting an extra man on Rayah’s case. May the farce be with her and with us all.

Come one, come all – October 28 at Fort Tilden, Tinker Magazine of arts and literature presents a conceptual Live Tinker Magazine. As part of the RAA’s Millennium Arts Festival, this event is being held in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area and Queens Council on the Arts. Denis Macrae starts RAA’s day with a tour of local artists’ studios. Meet at the Beach Club at noon. Then:

  • 1 p.m. – Music by the great jazz ensemble Wet Paint as visitors and artists mingle in sTudio-6 and T-7 viewing the art exhibits.
  • 3 p.m. – Live magazine begins in T-149 with slide show, poetry, stories and skits, accompanied by the music of Rooftop Life.
  • 6 p.m. – Innovative blue grass band "Grass".

Food and drink will be provided. The suggested donation is $10 for adults; $5 with student ID; children under 12 free. The money will benefit Tinker publications and events.

Artists exhibiting work in sTudio-6 – Please come collect your work on Sunday, November 12 between 2 and 5 p.m.

Call to RAA member artists – our next exhibition will be a holiday show entitled "Seasonal Sensations" which will run in sTudio-6 from November 18 to January 14. Work should be brought to sTudio-6 on November 12 from 2-5 p.m. Rules for submission:

  • Original works, prints and photographs must have a wire across the back, firmly secured, for hanging.
  • Works on paper should be protected by glass or Plexiglas.
  • List of titles, media and prices must be provided.
  • Sculptors must provide their own pedestals, if required.

Donations of $10 for hanging and 10 percent of sales will be gratefully accepted.

Special thanks to Park Ranger John Gorbizca for enthralling the children at the Animal Afternoon at sTudio-6 last weekend. He brought a live native eastern box turtle and several specimens of animal skulls and tracks preserved in plaster. Last Saturday’s costume party in sTudio-6 was a great success thanks to the imagination and creativity of those attending. We did wind up with two Van Goghs, but I’ve always suspected he suffered from a split personality. The Beach Club and Connelly’s contributed the delicious comestibles. Patrick Clark’s lecture and demonstration at the Russell Sage Church on Sunday were enlightening and inspired. Art is a living, breathing thing because it is created out of the life and soul of the artist. No one knows this better than Clark, who has taken on the mission of restoring the precious Tiffany stained glass landscape window in the church. If you wish to know how you can help, contact Clark or the RAA office.

Queens Museum of Art is presenting, through February 4, a highly interactive exhibition of glassworks by Louis Comfort Tiffany. "Tiffany: Behind the Glass" examines the complete and unique process of construction, manufacture, marketing and conservation of lamp and window productions from the Tiffany studio in Corona, Queens.

Congratulations to RAA’s Sophia Pulkowski and Patrick Skeans on their recent marriage. Much happiness to you both.

This Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. are the final performances of that enormous local hit, "Once Upon a Mattress", at Fort Tilden’s Post Theater. Catch it before it’s gone. Support Rockaway’s artists and actors and have a great time doing it. Enjoy!

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