2001-08-25 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

Hammel Senior Center, 90-01 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, will host an art show and raffle on Tuesday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The senior painting class studies with Geoff Rawling from Rockaway Artists Alliance on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Many are first time painters. The raffle and show will be followed with a party and refreshments. The money earned from the raffle will be used for trips to local art museums and galleries. All are invited.

John Grillo’s photographs of Playland and the Rockaway area may be seen at the new Sunset Diner in 116th street and Newport Avenue, and at the East Meets West Restaurant on 129th street.

Esther Grillo is recruiting 3-4 apprentices to assist the restoration of her sculpture "In Search of Harmony Bay" to begin in September. Students 12 years of age and over and adults who wish to participate may contact her at grilloinrock@aol.com or contact the RAA office.

An artistic family trip is to Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Esther Grillo (aka Cricket) is exhibiting a steel sculpture there entitled "Giraffe". The exhibition includes 17 other sculptors. Take a picnic, a sketch pad, some crayons or pastels or paints and a couple of kids to enjoy the exhibition, on view every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from now through Labor Day.

The opening of Summer 2001 held at Fort Tilden is sTudio 6 on Saturday, August 18 was a wonderful multi-media, multi- generational Rockaway family event. Martha Killian curated this show, which included 8 new members artists who had not previously exhibited with RAA. They joined 12 other member artists displaying over 35 contemporary pieces of art. See the exhibition at sTudio 6 on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. or Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. through September 16.

Karen McCallion artistically offered delectable delicacies and drink. Apryl Green, Marty Tisch and Joanne Marnick and Mike Miller sang and performed the music. Apryl brought along two friends: 15 year old Nicole Mangano and Maria Fontana, who sang beautifully. Tim Malloy entertained all with his juggling. Reading from their own original poetry were Sandra Overstreet, Aaron Zeidman, James Cosgrove and Susan Hartenstein.

Susan writes poetry just for fun. For serious, she is a Salvation Army General in "Guys and Dolls" presented by Rockaway Theatre Company, which closed Sunday, August 19 when Susan caught the bridal bouquet. Could this mean______?

The Rockaway Theatre Company has two upcoming events:

On Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at the Post Theatre at Fort Tilden is their 4th Annual Fundraiser. Sure to be a fun event it includes raffles, a Chinese auction and a play written, "set painted" and acted by the children in a joint workshop by RAA and RTC. Many prizes will be given including a part in their Halloween Show. A $5 donation at the door will enable you to gamble a lot of money to help support our own Rockaway Theatre Company.

On Friday, August 31 RTC’s new show "Deathtrap" will open. This brilliant comedy thriller by Ira Levin will run through September 22. Tickets can be purchased at Rockaway Theatre Company’s usual ticket outlets or at the door.

The next RAA opening reception is Sunday, October 7 for Artsplash 2001. See you there.

Bill Hawson beside a few of the Hammel Senior Center Paintings.

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