2002-05-18 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

Art Frenzy exhibitions: May 25-June 23. Highlighted by Art Frenzy Weekend: June 8 and 9. Art exhibits, a parade, a tugboat loaded with films, a giant sculpture, clowns, poets, princes and princesses, queens, an empress and a borough president. And that isn’t the half of it.

Want a few close-up views of this major upcoming Rockaway/Fort Tilden event? The Art Frenzy Children’s Parade takes place Sunday, June 9 starting at 1 p.m. Anything goes (groups are encouraged). But the fun starts even before that. Workshops for parade costume creation are June 8 and 9 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. All materials and assistance by artists will be provided. The theme of the parade will include mermaids and mermen, sea creatures, cartoon characters, clowns and mimes, princesses and princes. Bring ready-made costumes or create your own with the artists. Get your face painted on Sunday. Prizes will be awarded for most original costumes in the categories of individual and group. Meet at Fort Tilden behind sTudio 7 (building T-7) in the Sculpture Garden for parade and costume workshops. For information about this or any of RAA’s Art Frenzy events call RAA or email RAA at RockArt116@aol.com.

Tugboat Film and Video Series pulls up to Riis Landing (the site at which Peter Lundberg is creating a monumental sculpture) to screen avant-garde short works on Friday, June 7 from 9-10 p.m. while the audience is seated on the tarmac parking lot. Sounds great. Sit in the cool breeze off the bay, watch films with the night sky and the water as a backdrop. The content of the films is suitable for all ages. The tugboat Film and Video Series is a unique multi-year project using maritime vessels and structures, including boats, rafts, barges and bridges, for screenings and art venues. In the past, screenings have taken place at the Lackawanna Railroad Barge at Pier 63 and the South Street Seaport Museum. In 2002, besides Rockaway, locations will include the two just mentioned, Socrates Sculpture Park and Riverside Park South. The tugboat on which the films are shown entertains those on shore along waterfront parks and esplanades throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey. Film and video works presented include experimental, narrative, documentary and animation. They relate to the aesthetics, history and culture of the waterfront. Tugboat is a project of the Working Waterfront Association, an advocate for environmentally sound uses of the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary that are compatible with traditional maritime activities. Log onto www.waterfront.org for details on upcoming screenings.

Have you seen the elegant and dramatic new "Rockaway Moon" outdoor stage located between and anchored to sTudio 6 and 7? The ribbon cutting for this former Broadway stage takes place Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall is scheduled to cut the ribbon. The Children’s Parade is slated to "ribbon" through the ceremony. This wonderful stage will be the site on June 8 and 9 for some unique music, dance, spoken word and theatrical presentations. These will include an Open Mic Jr., yoga exercises, scenes from classic plays like "Mary of Scotland" and "Anastasia" and much, much more. All RAA events in Art Frenzy are free of charge.

Fort Tilden will be a Frenzy of Life, Art and Entertainment. Watch this column and this newspaper for exact details and scheduling.

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