2002-10-12 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

ARTSPLASH 2002 continues at RAA's Arts Center in Fort Tilden. After a highly attended opening last Sunday, ARTSPLASH continues for four more weekends, through November 3. Free admission to all events and gallery exhibitions in sTudio 6 and sTudio 7. Next up on the performance stages: Saturday, October 12, at 3 p.m., is poetry readings by Sandra Cannon-Fitzpatrick, Dee Dickason and Terry Jackson. At 7 p.m., "get down" with the Funk/R&B band, T7. These musicians have performed at such Rockaway venues as the Rockaway Arts Center and Connelly's. Weather permitting, performances take place on RAA's open air and totally "cool" outdoor Rockaway Moon Stage. Once a Broadway set, the "Moon" is fast becoming one of the best places on this peninsula for a splendid variety of entertainment.

Want more? "We got it." Sunday, October 13, from 3-5 p.m., is repeated screenings of "Bad Men", a short family film cleverly edited by Joe Mara. Mara kept intact the film's structure so that "it would read as a straight narrative film a la the 'Great Train Robbery,' the very first film with a story line." The haunting score brings an evocative sensibility to the artwork in sTudio 7 Gallery, where "Bad Men" is being shown. Joe Mara was a producer for Queens Public Television (QPTV), is presently a producer and editor for South West Queens Television (SQETV) and is co-author with Betsy Newman of "Reading, Writing and Television" published by Highsmith Press. At 5:30 pm on Sunday enjoy Jammin' with Matt Gilleece, Tom Graves, Danny Marston and Marty Tisch (Rock/R&B).

Seanchai and the Unity Squad, the incredible Celtic hip-hop band, are appearing on October 19 at 8 pm at ARTSPLASH. Be sure to spread the word. October 20 at 3-5 p.m. is repeat screenings of "Art Jam," an art video by Ken Keegan. More about exciting upcoming ARTSPLASH events in next week's column.

An incredible range of artwork is on view in the RAA galleries at Fort Tilden during ARTSPLASH. Gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. The sculpture garden and sculptures in the park are on view from dawn to dusk. Photographs as breathtakingly fluid as oil paintings, extraordinary colored pencil drawings that look like digital prints, digital prints that mesmerize, quilt work, ceramic shells that appear to have washed up on shore, canvases that stretch across a wall. All these and more have expanded the boundaries of the "art exhibition" in Rockaway.

Among the artworks on display in sTudio 6 are some dazzling watercolors produced on a Rockaway Artists Alliance/Brooklyn Watercolor Society "paint-out" in Fort Tilden in June. The artists went into the beaches and fields to record their impressions of the sights and scenes that make Fort Tilden unique. Watercolor is a very special medium and those who participated are experts. They have produced some "gems." Thank you to President Bob Axelrod and the other highly accomplished members of BWS. We anticipate that this creative collaboration is just "the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

ARTSPLASH's opening reception welcomed hundreds of visitors. They unanimously praised the visual art and were entertained by the amazing voice of charismatic singer Apryl Green and the poetic lyrics and talents of singer/musicians Patricia Grace and Grey Revel. Thanks also to Mary Kelly, whose impromptu performance of sweet Irish tunes was a delightful surprise addition to the festivities. RAA is proud to have had all these artists on our stage. Special recognition must be made of those at Newsday who believed in RAA and in what we do. Their sponsorship of the opening reception (and of the refreshments for the following weekends) is essential in making this such a successful, well-received Rockaway event. (Of course, Karen McCallion and Tara Scannell are the catering wizards behind the curtains.)

As you may have noticed, Medium Rayah has not been seen on the scene, of late. Why, you may ask? Well, RAA's sharp-eyed teller of fortune has been suffering from a strange case of double vision. Why has she been seeing repeated images in her crystal balls? Why did she score 20/20/20/20 on her eye test? Why did she name her new two-headed snake Louie and Louie? Isn't RAA's annual Halloween Fright Night coming up soon? It gets curiouser and curiouser.

Next RAA general meeting: Monday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in building T-149, Fort Tilden. Guest speaker: artist Anthony Irizarry. All are welcome. Bring your most recent artwork.

From the Rockaway Artists Alliance/Brooklyn Watercolor Society "paint-out" watercolors from ARTSPLASH 2002. "Battery Harris" by M. Elliott Killian

"Path to the Ocean" by M. Elliott Killian

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