2001-08-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) is hosting the next application seminar for the FY 2001 Queens Community Arts Fund. The seminar will be held Tuesday, August 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Building T-6 (sTudio 6) in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area.

The purpose of the workshop is for QCAF applicants to learn the basic skills needed to fill out the application forms for funding through QCAF for 2002 art projects. For organizations to be eligible to apply to QCAF, they must be not-for-profit, Queens-based, in existence for at least one year and providing cultural programming in the borough. Individual Queens-based artists are also eligible to apply for funding through Queens Council on the Arts (QCA).

Important -- New applicants must attend a seminar in order to be eligible for any of this funding. For any further information you may contact QCA by phone or at their website, qca@queenscouncilarts.org. For directions to Building T-6 contact RAA by telephone or at RockArt116@aol.com. Remaining seminar sites and dates are: Tuesday, August 9, 6 – 8 p.m. at the American Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria; Monday, August 13, 5 – 7 p.m. at Saint Albans Library, 191-05 Linden Boulevard, Saint Albans; Wednesday, August 22, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 213, Kew Gardens. All sites are wheelchair accessible.

Two exhibitions of interest are running through the latter part of September at the Queens Museum of Art. "Robert Martinez: Departures" runs through September 22 at the Museum’s satellite gallery at the Bulova Corporate Center. It combines the subjectivity of drawing and the objectivity of timelines, incorporates historical sources both real and fictional and explores vastly different temporal perspectives.

At the museum itself is the controversial art of six Phun Phactory graffiti artists. "Old Skool, New Skool, True Skool: The Graffiti Project" runs through September 30. Phun Phactory Aerosol Art Corporation of Long Island City was founded by Pat Delilo a decade ago to provide constructive, legal outlets for street artists and other youthful offenders assigned to community service. Indeed, Keith Haring was a graffiti artist who eventually gained legitimacy. "Crossing the Line" is a QMA multi-site multi-cultural, multi-media celebration of art about which you will learn more in a later column. It runs through October 7.

The Fort Tilden Beach Party will take place Saturday, August 11 from 6 p.m. - midnight. It will include an open tap and beverages and is being sponsored by all park partners. Featured entertainment will be DJ Tubbs and live music from Plastic Holiday. Tickets are $25. Call the RAA office or email us for information or to acquire tickets from us. The proceeds will go to RAA.

Looking for a splendid musical theater experience? How about gorgeous seaside vistas? Does enjoying beautiful art while eating a great dinner sound good to you? You could combine all of that in one evening. Come to the Rockaway Theatre Company’s highly praised production of "Guys and Dolls" at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden, Gateway NRA. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through August 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees August 5 and 19. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

Start the evening at Tiberio Dimare Restaurant admiring the works of RAA artists Martha Killian, Geoff Rawling and Michael Tubridy, now being displayed in the restaurant. On the way back and forth, enjoy the cool breezes and beautiful scenery passing by you. Tiberio’s is located at 155 Beach 116th Street, down the block from the boardwalk.

Final notice (or maybe penultimate notice) – RAA members who wish to participate in the next member exhibition must submit a maximum of 2 pieces to sTudio 6 on Sunday, August 5 from 2 – 4 p.m. or Saturday, August 11 from 1 – 4 p.m. Work must be properly framed and wired for hanging. Call the RAA office if you have questions or absolutely cannot come those two days.

The reception for this exhibit, "Summer 2001," will be Saturday, August 18 from 12 – 3 p.m. It will include an open mike for poets, as well as popular local musicians and singers. Come if you wish to read your poetry or a favorite piece of someone else’s.

See you at the Fort.

Guest artist Michelle Kinney introduces the children of RAA’s Camp kidsmART to the joy of music.

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