2001-03-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

By Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance By Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Are you an adult looking for art classes in Rockaway? Look no further – they are here at sTudio-6 in Fort Tilden. RAA’s classes in drawing and clay sculpture still have spaces open on Saturdays. Drawing will be taught for seven more weeks, from March 17 through April 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Clay sculpture runs from 2 – 4 p.m., March 17 through April14. All materials are provided. To register and for details, call the RAA office from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. weekdays, or email us at RockArt116@aol.com.

Come participate in the Children’s Poster and Slogan Competition starting at 12 noon on Sunday, April 22 in Fort Tilden. RAA is joining Gateway National Recreation Area and the Rockaway Theatre Company in celebrating the beginning of National Park Service Week 2001 by holding an Earth Day reception in and around sTudio-6 and building T-7. The event will include live music by Dan Marston and his band and juggling by Tim (who will also give a juggling workshop). The theme of the poster must be "to eliminate litter in our national parks." Size limit of the poster is 22" x 28". Judging of the posters will take place at the event. First prize is a free registration in this summer’s Camp kidsmART. Any questions, contact the RAA office.

Upcoming sTudio-6 exhibitions:

  • "The Out-of-Towners," April 21 – May 12. Curated by Kate Judge. Four women artists from outside Rockaway will display work reflecting their own unique points of view. The opening reception takes place April 21. Watch this column for further details.
  • "The Photography of John Grillo – Far and Away," May 16 – June 10. Curated by John Grillo. Opening reception will be Saturday, May 19 1 – 4 p.m.
  • "Children’s Art Show," June 16 – July 8. Curated by Chris Jorge. Opening reception to be announced.

"Esther A. Grillo – Indoor and Outdoor Sculpture and Installations" runs from March 26 – April 20 at the Marguerite and James Hutchins Gallery at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Opening reception is Saturday, March 31 from 3 – 5 p.m. On exhibit will be sculptural wall pieces and several indoor installations in the Hutchins Gallery, "transforming the space into fantastic environments that engage the viewer in both psychical and physical dialogue." Premiering in the outdoor sculpture garden is Grillo's kinetic sculpture "Shore Dance." The artist’s sculpture and installations have been exhibited in Japan and throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her work is included in a major retrospective of women public artists in New York City parks at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park running through March 31.

Saturday afternoon, April 1, works created by the artists of the Friday Night Art Group will be displayed at Michael Tubridy’s bungalow in Broad Channel. Refreshments will be served. This has become an annual event that reveals the high caliber of work that is done by artists when they share friendship, ideas and a passion for their craft.

"Hodgepodge" – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Queens Museum of Art. A one-hour special slide presentation produced by Kate Judge showcasing the work of RAA members, accompanied by the music of the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. Free with museum admission. Last year’s event was so successful the museum has asked Judge and the quartet back a second time. This is a unique treat not to be missed. Kate is still accepting slides, so contact her ASAP through the RAA office if you wish to participate.

James McKay and his fantastic doo-wop group "Seaside" are returning to Patrick’s International Cuisine Restaurant on Saint Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. sharp. Also on hand is comedian, Sabrina and the R and B group "Race" performing its hot new single, "Just What You Need." A raffle will be held. First prize is two tickets to Showtime at the Apollo, second prize is dinner for two at Patrick’s; third prize is $25 cash. Call for reservations. Admission is $5. All you can eat buffet is $15. Patrick’s is at 112-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

RAA is very proud of board member James McKay, an original member of the 50’s group, the Flamingos. They have just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations, guys!

Thank you to new RAA member Everett Molinari for his enlightening and thoroughly delightful slide presentation at our last general meeting on the murals of Allyn Cox. Most of us were not familiar with the work of this fine American artist. Everett is fast becoming a valued addition to this organization.

Much to anticipate, much to enjoy. Have a great Saint Patrick’s.


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