2001-09-01 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Dee Dickason

Summer is over. The days are shorter, the nights are longer. Time to get back to school and work and meetings. All are welcome.

The next RAA meeting is Monday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in Building T149 at Fort Tilden.

RAA artists include: painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, filmmakers, writers, poets, actors, musicians, singers, cartoonists, jewelry makers, orators, stained glass craftsmen, woodcarvers, carpenters, scene constructionists, papermakers, gardeners, chefs, - did I leave anyone out? We are both sexes, all ages, all colors, many nationalities, all levels of expertise, part-time, full-time and wannabees forming one family. We try not to be critical, mean, catty or cliquish but aim for supportive, creative, warm and caring.

Before the Meeting begins we straggle in and set up chairs, set up our work and look at the work being set up by others while catching up with each other. Artists work in solitary confinement. Many of us look forward to an evening of relaxed social and creative interaction.

Geoff Rawling, President, starts the meeting. He presents up-coming events: local, state and world-wide. Announcements and requests are made. The floor is open then to anyone wishing to say anything to the whole membership. Geoff then leads everyone on a tour of the artists’ work set up on tables along the side. Questions are asked and comments given. Applause follows each presentation.

Some people wander in now, as we reassemble in the chairs for a half-hour presentation, lecture or slide show by one of our members or a guest. If you or someone you know would make a great speaker please let Geoff or another Board Member know anytime so he or she can be put on the calendar.

People come and go as their schedules permit. The meeting is beginning to wind down. A good time to talk with other artists and community members.

Editor of "Resurgence" magazine, Satish Kumar in his article "It Is Art That Makes Life" states: "When you do something well, without being distracted by desires for fame, fortune or power, then your work becomes a work of art." Marina Callahan, RAA Secretary, is such an artist. Holding the group together in one huge hug and loving smile, she keeps track of us. Just ask anyone where she is and introduce yourself to her. She is one of the finest women I have ever met and I know she will remember your name. We love you, Marina.

To get to Fort Tilden by car from the Belt Parkway go to Exit 11S, go straight across Marine Parkway Bridge, stay right, follow sign to Breezy Point off bridge. Make left into park at first traffic light. From Woodhaven Blvd to Crossbay Blvd go over Crossbay Bridge, go west on Beach Channel Drive. Follow sign to Breezy Point. Make left into park at first traffic light. By Public Transportation take the "A" train to Rockaway Park station. #35 or #22 bus to Fort Tilden. Take the 2 or 6 trains to Flatbush Avenue/Brooklyn College, #35 bus to Fort Tilden. Take the #7 train 61st Street Woodside Station and the #53 bus to Rockaway Park and the #35 or #22 bus to Fort Tilden.

Be sure to see "Deathtrap", the Ira Levin thriller you will not forget, put on by Rockaway Theatre Company at the Post Theater, Fort Tilden, now through September 22 at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Remember the International Coastal Clean-up (after the tourists who are leaving) Day on September 15. Call the American Littoral Society at 1-800-449-0790 for a location and time you will enjoy.

Susan Hartenstein will be back next week.

It is Labor Day Weekend. Please don’t drink and drive. Have fun and safe home. See you at the meeting.

Singer Apryl Green giving it her all at RAA’s recent Music/Art/Poetry opening reception for the "Summer 2001" art exhibition, which is running through September 16 at Fort Tilden. The background features Lovanne Arnheiter’s painting, "Ann Marie with Calla Lillies", After Diego Rivera". Photo courtesy of Jan Nebozenko.

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