2001-04-21 / Columnists

From the Artists Studio…by Susan Hartenstein…Camp kidsmART is back! RAA’s arts-based summer camp, so highly praised last year, is back by popular demand. This year, the expanded schedule runs from July 9 through August 2, 4 days per week from 9:30 – 2 p.m

From the Artists Studio…by Susan Hartenstein…Camp kidsmART is back! RAA’s arts-based summer camp, so highly praised last year, is back by popular demand. This year, the expanded schedule runs fro

From the Artists Studio…by Susan Hartenstein…Camp kidsmART is back! RAA’s arts-based summer camp, so highly praised last year, is back by popular demand. This year, the expanded schedule runs from July 9 through August 2, 4 days per week from 9:30 – 2 p.m. Activities include painting in various media, gardening, crocheting, basics of color, design and drawing, trash to treasure, book making, nature walks, wake up wiggle (AKA yoga), environmental awareness and much, much more. All in a safe, nurturing environment in which your child can explore his/her creativity. Applications may be obtained from the RAA office. Contact RAA for details. Spaces are limited and going fast, so act now. RAA’s office is located at 260 Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park. The email address is RockArt116@aol.com. The phone number is listed in the telephone book.

The date has been set for master printer Roni Henning’s silk screen monotype printmaking workshop. On April 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in sTudio-6, Fort Tilden, Henning will teach the basics of this art form, enabling participants to create silk screen monotypes on both paper and fabric. All materials used are non-toxic. Silk screens and inks will be supplied. Students are required to pay for the paper, but may keep the screens. For details and to register, please contact the RAA office without delay. Henning is not only a master printer and artist, she is also an author. Her publications include "Screenprinting, Water-Based Techniques."

Big weekend in Fort Tilden:

  • All are welcome on Saturday, April 21, 2 – 5 p.m. to the opening reception for "Out of Towners." This groundbreaking exhibition marks RAA’s first showcase devoted exclusively to the work of outside artists. From Astoria, Bay Ridge, Park Slope and Rochester, four women have come to share with us their unique, innovative voices of expression and varying influences.
  • Sunday, April 22 starting at 12 noon, inside and outside sTudio-6 and T-149 -- RAA, Rockaway Theatre Company and Gateway National Recreation Area join in festivities to celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of National Park Service Week 2001. Live music from the band "T-7", juggling and juggling workshops from Tim Malloy and a children’s poster and slogan competition. I.e. – fun for the whole family. Poster theme – "to eliminate litter in our national parks." Poster size limit – 22" x 28". First prize -- free registration in Camp kidsmART .

Saturday, April 28 from 12 – 5 p.m. Patrick Clark and the Reverend Benjamin Patterson invite the public, free of charge, to the first event and "Opening" of the Russell Sage Memorial Center for Stained Glass and Conservation at First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway. Those involved call this the beginning of an important new glass arts and job training institute that will help enhance and revitalize the Rockaways. The church is the home of perhaps the most magnificent Tiffany stained glass landscape window. The goal of the center is to restore this and other church windows, while creating jobs and training underserved candidates in this specialized craft. Saturday’s event will include a tour of the Tiffany window, an overview of future programs, a demonstration of how a monumental stained glass window is made and an introduction to stained glass repair. Refreshments will be served. First Presbyterian is located at Bay 9 and Central Avenue.. For more information, email GlasPadrik@aol.com.

RAA thanks Roy Fox, plenipoteniary (a diplomatic agent having full authority – is this column educational, or what?), of Rufus King Manor Museum, for a most astute lecture at its general meeting on April 9. We were intrigued, enlightened, amused, bewitched and only slightly bothered and bewildered – not bad for only twenty minutes, Roy.

The Queens Museum of Art’s exhibition, "Hearts of Glass," runs through May 27. It presents the work of various respected glass artists and is the perfect complement to the museum’s previous exhibit, "Tiffany: Behind the Glass," and to its permanent display of breathtaking Tiffany glasswork. Also at the museum is "Gio Ponti: A Metaphysical World," a show which explores the important contributions of Ponti to the unique design world of Milan.

In coming weeks – information about John J. Grillo’s one-man photography exhibition, RAA’s summer outdoor film presentations, arts seminars and much more. ‘Til next week…Enjoy.


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