2001-02-10 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio...

From The Artists Studio...

From The Artists Studio...

    Sculpture in the snow -- Herb Rosenberg's "Doors of Atlantic" -- one of the works still on exhibit as part of the sculpture walk in Fort Tilden. (Photo courtesy of Denis Macrae)         Sculpture in the snow -- Herb Rosenberg's "Doors of Atlantic" -- one of the works still on exhibit as part of the sculpture walk in Fort Tilden. (Photo courtesy of Denis Macrae)

By Susan Hartenstein

If you liked the 27th you’ll love the 24th. January 27, the opening reception for "Interior – Exterior" exhibit in sTudio-6 was a great success, thanks to the fantastic talents of singer/musicians Apryl Green, Karen O’Shea and friends. Good news! – Saturday, February 24 from noon to 3 p.m. they will return to sTudio-6 along with pianist Michael Finnegan for an afternoon of jazz, standards, show tunes, ballads and pop classics. Want more? OK. How about poetry? No problem. Writers Aaron Zeidman, Dee Dickason and more. Want delicious refreshments? You can have that, too. Come to "Winter Solace" – music, art and poetry to warm a winter’s day. Songs, the music of words, the beauty of art and the comfort of friendly, intelligent people having a great time. Spend an afternoon with RAA at our home in Fort Tilden. Bring a friend or two or three. You’ll all be happy you came. More details in next week’s column. Any questions? Contact RAA by phone or by email at rockart116@aol.com.

Dee Dickason informs me that in Greek "photography" means "writing with light." It is mostly Dee’s writing which follows regarding this story. Congratulations to RAA’s Denis Macrae for winning an honorable mention at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s 19th Annual Photography Contest Awards Ceremony. More than 100 photographs were submitted and the winning 15 were on display. They will remain on view through March. So if you suffer from AIR (allergic indoor reaction) or SAD (seasonal adjustment disorder) take a ride out to the refuge’s visitor's center and view them along with the wonderland beginning to awaken.

Next year is the 20th annual contest, which may include a separate category for birds. The announcement will be in the summer program guide. Photographs may be taken now and submitted anytime until October 31, 2001. They can be in black and white or in color. There is a special category for children under14. The contest is open to amateur photographers. Photographs should be submitted on 8 ½ x 14 unmatted paper. Digital pictures are accepted.

The Queens Botanical Garden is offering Community Design Workshops. The Garden is undergoing master planning by Atelier Dreiseitl from Germany and Conservation Design Forum from Illinois. The public of Queens is invited to participate in the planning and discussion of this water-themed design. The 2 remaining sessions will take place February 11 and 13. For further information call the Garden at 43-50 Main street in Flushing. Admission to the Garden is free.

This Sunday at 2 p.m., Queens Museum of Art presents stand–up comic Fran Capo’s humorous take on New York City history. This is part of the museum’s four-week celebration of their famous architectural model, the Panorama of the City of New York. Capo is the Guiness Book of Record’s fastest talking female – 603 words per minute. Presumably you should get to the show as close to 2 p.m. as possible. Considering the talents of Ms. Capo, it might be over almost as soon as it begins. I don’t make these things up, folks.

Last Saturday was a terrific night at Patrick’s International Cuisine Restaurant. RAA’s James McKay and his doo-wop group "Seaside" entertained. They were fantastic. Adding to the pleasure of the evening, James’ lovely wife Claudia celebrated her birthday. I suppose, for many of us, the highlight of the evening was James and the group singing a love song to Claudia as two of their children looked on. It was a pleasure sharing this night with them. Thanks for giving me a perfect story to end a Valentine’s Day column. Adding to the entertainment were singers Arthur Rollins jr. and Robert Johnson and comedian Sabrina. As always, the food was delicious.

It’s 1:35 a.m. at the end of a long day. I have the feeling there’s something I’ve forgotten to tell you. Oh, now I remember – general meeting this Monday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m., building T-149 Fort Tilden. Public welcome. Bring your latest artwork. See you there.

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