2001-03-24 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio...

From The Artists Studio...

From The Artists Studio...

By Susan Hartenstein

Correction – the date of the Friday Night Art Group exhibit is Saturday, April 7. On display at Michael and Heather Tubridy’s bungalow at 10-08 East 12 Road (at the end of the boardwalk) in Broad Channel will be the varied artwork created by the RAA members and friends that meet at this wonderfully stimulating location. The event will run from 3 – 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

From 12 –3 p.m. on the same day – Tinker Release Party. Poets, artists and the public are invited to help celebrate the release of the latest issue of Tinker Literary and Art Magazine. The event will take place in the abandoned building next to the beach, behind building T-7 in Fort Tilden. (Need a treasure map?) Art installations, poetry readings, and music. Aaron Zeidman and Zena Gurbo, the talents behind Tinker Literary Magazine and this event, also produced the Tinker Live Magazine, part of RAA’s October Millennium Festival. In addition, Zeidman was one of the poets who read his work at RAA’s highly praised "Winter Solace" event. So make a day of it – Tinker and Tubridy. And pick up your own copy of this innovative and highly enjoyable magazine.

A workshop on the basics of silk screen monotype printmaking using non-toxic materials will be taught by Roni Henning at sTudio-6 in Fort Tilden. On completion of this one-day 6-hour workshop, participants will have the ability to create silk screen monotypes on paper or fabric. Silk screens and inks will be supplied. Students must pay for the paper, but may keep the screens. The class will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., date to be selected. A minimum number of students are required to hold the workshop. Therefore, please contact the Rockaway Artists Alliance office by phone, email or drop by without delay for details and in order to let us know if you wish to participate. Weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. are the best times to phone or come in. RAA is located at 260 Beach 116th Street. Email us at RockArt116 @aol.com. Henning is a master printer, artist and author of "Screenprinting, Water-Based Techniques."

Meet a New Member – By profession, Tim Malloy sells conferencing services for MCR Worldcom. But by passion, Tim is a juggler. Think juggling is just a garden-variety circus trick? Think again. Malloy learned to juggle at age 13 when he saw a friend doing it at a local gym and thought it was cool. At first, he taught himself with crumpled up paper (the worst way to learn.) He worked on and off on his own for a couple of years, reaching the "4 ball" level. At 18, working for a company in the city, he went to Bryant Park one day and met John Grimaldi, who taught Tim to juggle clubs. He also met Bill Waxpress (correct spelling not guaranteed), who had started a juggling club in the Village – the Carmine Street Jugglers. Malloy went there from 1987 to 1990, then got married and stopped juggling. He went back to Carmine Street in ’97 and has remained ever since. The group meets every Thursday from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. as part of a New York City Parks Department-run gym, which is open throughout the week. It costs $25 per year to join the gym. Some of the best jugglers in the world come to the club and everyone is welcome.

Why does Tim Malloy juggle? It is, for him, a passion. He has always been interested in it and he has always regretted it when he is not doing it. His goal is to get better and to teach everyone who is interested. Tim sees juggling as another form of creative expression. He gets a big kick out of the progression – there is always a place to progress to. The appeal is that he is in a constant state of learning. You are confined to the rules of gravity, he explains. But once you understand that, you can bend them. For Malloy it is a very creative and expressive art, approaching the meditative. It is encouraging to him to work on certain tricks that have taken him years to learn – for example, juggling five balls. He hits plateaus, explodes through them then moves to other plateaus. Tim says he can almost feel them.

A few things bother Malloy. Equated with circus performance by the public, he believes juggling hasn’t received the appreciation that it deserves as a serious art form. Not that there is anything wrong with circus performance, Malloy is quick to add. But jugglers work at their art as seriously as any other artist. Tim is married, with two children. His wife is supportive of his practice time and of the broken objects in the house. His kids get a kick out of their father’s pursuit. Tim’s favorite place to practice is Rockaway Beach in the summer. A lot of kids come up to him there. He teaches anyone who asks. There are no secrets in juggling, he states – it’s a very open profession. In fact, he would love children to learn it. To that end, Tim is teaching juggling workshops at the Earth Day celebration RAA is holding in Fort Tilden on April 22 in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area. You’ll read more about that in the following weeks. And you thought RAA was just painters? Not by a long shot.

Next week…Well, who knows? Let’s both be surprised, together. Enjoy.

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