2001-10-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

Halloween is the event of the year for children of all ages.  So there will be Halloween at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area this year. Because of recent events, Gateway regrets that it will not be able to participate in the activities to the extent it has in the past. Therefore, no hayride. However, all us kids from Rockaway Artists Alliance and Rockaway Theatre Company will be doing our thing in as loony and entertaining a fashion as usual. We've going light on the gore this time. But if you have a fear of creepy-crawlies and things that go buzz in the night, boy has RAA got a show for you.

They're "Buggin' Out," baby, and you could be in the "way of the locust." In fact Medium Rayah, whose antennae are always up and who is our resident fly on the wall, predicts an infestation of …Oops! She's afraid her crystal ball is bugged. So mums the word until next week, when she will reveal to you the entire grubby story. So, just when you think you are snug as a bug in a rug, anticipate otherwise.

KidsmART, RAA's after school arts education program, is back. It runs from November 6 - December 20 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There will be two (2) classes offered daily - 3-4:30 p.m. and 4:30- 6 p.m. For an application and further information, please contact the RAA office.

October 20 at 2 p.m. an African Step Ensemble from P.S./M.S. 43 will perform African dances, in costume, at Fort Tilden, GNRA. The special event is part of RAA's ARTSPLASH 2001 month long arts celebration.

Denise Leary, science teacher at the school, has taught the dances to the all-female troupe. The ensemble consists of students from the 4th to 7th grade. Organized by P.S./M.S. 43 Project Arts coordinator, JoAnne Ellis, the event will take place in studio 6 Gallery.

Last week the two ARTSPLASH 2001 awards for excellence were presented to Anne Hourigan for her powerful paintings of Ireland and to the Mariana Bekerman Dance Company. Each received $250. RAA thanks Philip Jackson, Queens Museum of Art Community Programs Coordinator, for judging these awards. RAA also thanks Steven De Polo, former member of the staff of a leading museum of contemporary art in New York City, for serving as coordinator for ARTSPLASH 2001.

Go to Beach 91st Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard and look at the side of the building where Park Tailors is located. You will see a mural in progress. Alex Guzman of the Rockaway Artists Alliance and students in the ALPS program at M.S. 180 are creating a red, white and blue tribute to our country. The mural proudly sports an eagle and "oceans white with foam." Elinor Flood of Park Tailors, aware of RAA's involvement in the community, spoke to the organization's arts education program director, Chris Jorge, after the wall had been defaced by graffiti. It was decided that a mural would be a great deterrent.  Keep an eye on the corner of 91st and the Boulevard -- a perfect example of the partnership between a not-for-profit organization and a private business.

Thursday, October 25 at 11 a.m. Multiviz Health Facilities, Inc. will hold its grand opening dedication ceremony. Included will be the gallery opening of RAA member artwork at the facility, located at 529 Beach 20th Street. Come join Multiviz and RAA, bringing the beauty and healing of art into all our communities.

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