2002-05-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Registration for Camp kidsmART, RAA’s totally wonderful, totally loved arts-based summer camp, is now closed. Yes, I know. But calm down, dry those tears and take heart! There will be another summer.

RAA’s Art Frenzy exhibitions are just a few weeks away. From May 25 to June 23, sTudio 6, sTudio 7, the sculpture garden and the surrounding park of Fort Tilden will be filled with sculpture, painting, photography and fine crafts. June 8 and 9 is Art Frenzy weekend – 2 days filled with multimedia events in Fort Tilden presented by the park partners in association with Gateway National Recreation Area. The RAA exhibitions will be part of this weekend, which is sponsored by Queens Council on the Arts. In addition, RAA will present 2 full days of live performances on its "Rockaway Moon" outdoor stage. Dance, yoga, poetry, music and theater will take place on the gazebo-like stage between sTudio 6 and 7. (If Mother Nature decides not to cooperate, performances will be moved indoors.) Borough President Helen Marshall is scheduled to "handle the scissors" at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the "Moon" on Sunday, June 9 at approximately 1 p.m. Free admission to all RAA events. Artists from near, far and wide will be part of Art Frenzy. From Far Rockaway to Florida. From black and white photography to Bolivian music and Balinese dance. Have I whet your appetite and peaked your interest? Have I put a bug in your bonnet? Then keep watching this column for more information about RAA’s month-long exhibits and weekend special events for Art Frenzy.

Reminder: "The Essence of Light," the stunning exhibition of stained glass and original glass art objects at studio 6 Fort Tilden, runs through May 11. Catch it before it goes. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, May 9 is the next Poetry Night at Patrick’s Restaurant. This highly successful and ever more popular evening of good words, good food and friendly, warm atmosphere is back again. The second Thursday of the month, 8 p.m. SHARP -10 p.m., has become the regular day and time for this event. Poets and poetry lovers are welcome. Everyone is welcome to participate in the open mic. There is a $6 cover charge, which includes a cup of coffee, tea or glass of house wine. Also available is a $6 platter of appetizers (extra) and a full dinner menu (extra). Patrick’s is a beautiful wood paneled, 2-fireplace restaurant at 112-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. For questions about any RAA activities, call RAA or email: RockArt116@aol.com.

"Movies by Moonlight." Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. That’s all for now. More later.

As long as you’ve got that calendar out, mark down Friday, June 28 at 8 p.m. for this year’s RAA Building Fund Benefit Dinner. The event will be held at Pier 92 Restaurant. Tickets are $50 each. More later. (Where have I heard that before)?

The Queens Museum of Art in collaboration with the Queens Historical Society presents the Queens Heritage Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, noon-6 p.m. The event is free with admission to the museum. It features family-oriented activities, exhibits, programs and performances relating to the history of the borough, by a wide range of Queens groups that include the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association of Far Rockaway, the Louis Armstrong House and Archives and Stitches From the Heart, which will hold a quilting workshop on Sunday. Call the museum for information and to make reservations for forums.

Spring is bursting and the cherry trees are blooming. So run between the raindrops and enjoy. Later.

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