From The Artists Studio
By Susan Hartenstein
"Movies by Moonlight" is almost here. Two evenings of classic cinema under the stars, free of charge, presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area.. Friday, June 21 at 8:45 PM: "Some Like It Hot." Saturday, June 22 at 8:45 PM: "The Wizard of Oz." Each evening is opened by the screening of film shorts. The films are presented in Fort Tilden on the great lawn opposite the administration building.
Each feature film was carefully selected for qualities that make it especially significant and important for us today. "The Wizard of Oz" is a movie that takes us on a thrilling, colorful adventure, but brings us back to the reassurance and comfort of home. It reminds us of how sweet and dear our loved ones are and that our greatest strength comes from within and from the support of those we hold precious. It is a perfect film to see surrounded by neighbors, family, old friends and just-met friends. "Some Like It Hot" is a smart, funny, perceptive film written and directed by Billy Wilder and starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Wilder and Lemmon both died recently. They are two talents, the likes of whom will never come along again. The genius of all involved makes this a movie to truly be savored on various levels by all members of the family. The two animated shorts being shown are "Split" and "Pinpoint" directed by Ya-Nan Chou. Clever and imaginative, the films use fiber, button and fabric to create a cinematic canvas in a truly distinctive style.
So, bring your beach chair, a blanket, your favorite munchies and your "best buds" for two very special evenings under the Rockaway moon and stars, weather permitting. Come to RAA’s wildly popular 3rd annual outdoor movie weekend. RAA thanks Blockbuster Video for its generous contribution, making this community presentation possible.
RAA’s Building Fund Benefit is coming up on Friday, June 28 from 7 – 9 PM at Pier 92 Restaurant, located at Beach Channel Drive and 92nd Street. As in previous years this will be an evening of art, music, dancing, raffles, food, friendship, fun and a few speeches. Wine, beer and soda will be served. This year’s honorees are Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Gateway’s Mike Sully, District Superintendent Matthew Bromme, Maritza and Joe Mure and Denis "Birdman" Macrae. Admission is $50 per person (or more, if you are generously inclined.) Your reservation is confirmed with payment. Please make checks payable to RAA at 260 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694. We encourage you to make your reservations early since seating is limited. Any artists wishing to contribute works for the raffle, please contact Maureen McGuire directly or call the RAA office.
Good news for all those who want the fun to never end. RAA will hold a general meeting in July and August. Since RAA never really takes a vacation, neither will its meetings. RAA thanks sculptor Peter Lundberg for his slide presentation and talk at its June meeting. Clearly, Lundberg is an artist of importance and vision. The organization is proud to have his latest work gracing Riis Landing.
Art Frenzy was great. Large numbers of local residents and visitors from near and far came June 8 and 9 to enjoy a diverse array of visual and performing artists in the stunning setting of Fort Tilden. As a bonus, the weather could not have been better. Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) presented Art Frenzy in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area, Friends of Gateway, the Rockaway Artists Alliance, the Rockaway Theatre Company and the Rockaway Music and Arts Council. RAA was thrilled to have so many attending its galleries, sculpture garden and Rockaway Moon outdoor stage presentations, and to see all events presented by its partners being so well received. These RAA exhibitions will continue through June 23. The Tugboat Film and Video Series were also well attended and will return in the fall.
RAA wishes to thank QCA, all its park partners and all the event sponsors for making Art Frenzy possible in Rockaway. Thanks go to Borough President Helen Marshall for doing the honors at the Rockaway Moon ribbon cutting and to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who seemed to be all over the park truly enjoying the arts of Rockaway. Thanking is a tricky business. One can never include all those who should be included, so I will not even attempt it. One would need a separate column to record all the groups and individuals (which I may do). Having said that, I risk sentencing to hard labor by thanking some who would otherwise go unmentioned. First and foremost, Geoff Rawling is a treasure and a man of vision beyond belief. Jan Nebozenko initiated RAA’s acquisition of the Moon stage and did a most superior job running sound for the stage. Sandra Overstreet and Irene Mallinger curated and organized the stage performances with expertise. Nina Fleischman and Karen Schnibbe are to be congratulated for their hard work with the children of the costumed parade. Very special thanks go to Christine Mullally, RAA’s office manager, for her extraordinary abilities, professionalism and sense of balance. Above all, thanks to the artists whose talents enrich all our lives and to the community of people that came to celebrate life, continuity and the resilience of the human spirit.
Some Like It Hot: The "beautiful" Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, starts of the classic film "Some Like It Hot," being shown under the stars on Friday, June 21 at Fort Tilden in RAA's "Movies By Moonlight."
The Wizard of Oz: "The Wizard of Oz" will be shown underneath the stars in Fort Tilden on Saturday, June 22 at 8:45 p.m. as part of RAA's "Movies By Moonlight."