2001-10-06 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

In this unprecedented time, which has made us all one community, let us come together to experience the solace and expressiveness of the arts.

Sunday, October 7 from noon – 3 p.m., RAA begins its monthlong ARTSPLASH 2001 multi-media arts event with an opening reception. Providing refreshments is the Belle Harbor Kosher Delicatessen. The afternoon’s events will include performances by the following: musician/guitar maker Tim Kearney, playing on instruments he has built; the Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, whose choreography fuses classical styles with New York City nightlife styles; poet Alice Rosenblitt, reading some of her own works. Admission to all exhibitions and special events is free.

For over 5 weeks (through November 11) Fort Tilden, Gateway NRA, will be the site of a gathering of the work of performing and visual artists from various parts of this city, state and the world. In addition, many of the finest of our local artists are featured. For example, included among the nearly 50 artists involved are Manhattan sculptor Nicolae Golici, originally from Romania and painter Patricia Zarate, born in Colombia and living in Sunnyside, Queens.

RAA’s sTudio 6 and sTudio 7, and its unique stage and sculpture gardens will present paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, a video/sound show, dance, music, poetry, installations, interactive performances and artists creating works on site. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Self-guided tours of sculpture and the park can be enjoyed daily from dawn to dusk.

Tim Kearney is a Rockaway resident. Woodworking and music have been lifelong interests and he has used both in the design and construction of his instruments. Since attending the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 1981, Kearney has been building electric and acoustic guitars. He is also a member of the Guild of American Luthiers. Playing music since 1963, Kearney has performed professionally with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Marty Balin, Sam Andrew and Levon Helm. He has played the blues, early jazz, rock, bluegrass, acoustic fingerpicking and flatpicking. October 7 he will be performing the latter two on his own instruments, which will be on exhibition. Kearney writes, "I have been fortunate to experience the satisfaction of building and performing on instruments of my own design. In addition, I feel that being a musician has enhanced my ability to shape the tone and playability of a hand built instrument. Stringed instrument design is constantly changing and I feel that my instruments add to this evolutionary process."

Alice Rosenblitt has recently written mostly in formal verse, appreciating its concentration and discipline, though she has written in free verse for many years. Rosenblitt began writing poetry as a child and continued her studies in that field through graduate school at NYU. She has performed her poetry extensively and has had a career in Arts Administration. Rosenblitt currently teaches at LaGuardia Community College. She writes, "I do not consider myself a ‘performance poet’ even though I know that is very ‘in’ these days, but, instead, more of a ‘neo-formalist’ whose work really exists on the page, rather than live. Still, I do enjoy reading my work in public every once in a while." And we will enjoy hearing it on October 7.

Choreographer Mariana Bekerman received classical training at the High School of Performing Arts and the Tisch School for the Arts. She also has experience in the underground House/Vogue dance styles. The result is a fusion of the two into her own particular dance style. Bekerman wishes to "attract a youthful audience while continuing to speak to the already converted. My goal is to avoid the gloom, doom and angst so often associated with modern dance."

Special events are scheduled for October 13 and 20. You will find a calendar of events in this newspaper. Save it. For directions or information call RAA or email: RockArt116@aol.com.

"Paper Products" (works on paper) is a non-juried members exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art running from October 19, 2001 – January 6, 2002. All works made on or with paper will be accepted. Works must be no larger than 18" x 18" and ready for installation. Museum membership is required. Work must be dropped off on Tuesday October 9, 2001, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Contact museum for any questions.

RAA’s next general meeting is Monday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. in building T 149, Fort Tilden, GNRA. All are welcome. May peace be in your hearts.

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