2002-06-08 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Tugboat film screening to kick-off Queens Council on the Arts' Art Frenzy weekend festival! Free and open to the public, the screening is on Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. Invited by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, the Tugboat Film and Video Series will present 7 selected film and video shorts at Riis Landing. The tugboat (with screen) will pull up to the landing while the audience sits on shore enjoying the film and the scenery. Tugboat Film and Video Series uses maritime vessels and structures such as boats, barges and bridges for screenings and art venues. This year screenings employ a tugboat navigating a floating film screening that will engage viewers along waterfront parks and esplanades throughout the Port of New York. Tugboat Film and Video Series has, for three seasons, presented independent film programs chosen to highlight the natural beauty and preservation of public spaces along the New York City waterfront. Since the fall of 2000, screenings and installations including film, video and sound work of more than 30 artists have been presented in various waterfront locations in the city. Tugboat Film and Video Series is a project of the Working Waterfront Association, Inc.

The shorts being presented June 7 depict water in its varied aspects â013 a means of travel on oceans and rivers, the setting of a soap opera, a host for organisms and a deadly weapon. RAA member Kate Judge is among the directors whose work is being shown. The Tugboat presentation includes a VJ performance by Douglas Heingartner. The evening celebrates summer on the waterfront, "Queens style."

Working Waterfront Association, Inc. (WWA) provides ongoing education programs and develops new initiatives that foster waterfront planning, safety and access for the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary. Through September, Tugboat will present varied film programs at seven more venues. The next is June 14 at 8:30 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. The Series returns to Rockaway for a second screening next fall.

This is the Weekend! June 8 and 9 is Art Frenzy at Fort Tilden. Presented by Queens Council on the Arts, Art Frenzy is a 2-day festival of the arts bringing visual and performing artists from Rockaway, Queens and beyond to Fort Tilden. Rockaway Artists Alliance is one of the hosts. RAA is presenting exhibitions in our galleries sTudio 6 and sTudio 7, Sculpture Garden, surrounding park and varied music, dance and theater performances on our outdoor Rockaway Moon stage and inside sTudio 7. All RAA events are free. Hope you kept the RAA schedule from last week's "Wave." If not you can get one at the park. Or log onto www.rockawayartistsalliance.com.

Tours of artist studios in Fort Tilden are also included in the weekend. Sunday BP Helen Marshall will cut the ribbon for the "Moon" stage and the costumed Children's Parade will be a symbolic ribbon. Sunday from 6-8 p.m. is Art Frenzy After Dark: Open Mic in sTudio 7. This poetry and music event will feature Harold Sirowitz, the Poet Laureate of Queens, reading his work. If you don't know all this by now, you haven't been reading the column. It will all be great fun, so COME. For more info re: activities of all participants in the event, log onto www.queenscouncilarts.org.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Brooklyn Watercolor Society want you! For a free "paint-out"/workshop on Saturday, June 15 in the beautiful outdoor setting of Fort Tilden. An exchange of techniques, talents and inspirations with some of the finest watercolorists around. You don't have to be experienced in the medium. You could even just bring a camera and sketchbook. Bring your own materials and folding chairs if you wish to sit on one. Meet at sTudio 6 at 11 a.m. for coffee and muffins and then go out into the park to enjoy art and nature. Rain date is June 22. Open to RAA and BWS members only. Call RAA at 474-0861 or email: RockArt116@aol.com for info and to put your name on a list.

"Lend Me a Tenor" is great! This wildly comic farce opened to thunderous applause and delighted audiences last weekend at the Rockaway Theatre Company's Post Theater, Fort Tilden. A "Don't miss it" hit, the play runs through June 22. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on June 9 and 16. Call 850-2450 for ticket information.

"There's no place like home." At a time when, more than ever, we need to return to the security and warmth of home, come to "Movies by Moonlight" for some old friends â013 June 21 the witty classic "Some Like It Hot" and June 22 "The Wizard of Oz." 8:45 p.m. starts, shorts included. Sit with friends and family to enjoy movies under the stars at Fort Tilden. Bring blankets, beach chairs, favorite munchies and your most comforting memories.

Monday, June 10 â013 RAA general meeting. Guest speaker: Renowned sculptor Peter Lundberg presenting slides and discussing his curation of the installation of sculptures in and around Bridgeport, Connecticut. Lundberg is creating a monumental sculpture at Riis Landing.

Get Frenzy-ed!

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