2002-10-19 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

By Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance

Seanchai and the Unity Squad
Perform October 19 at Fort Tilden

Seanchai and the Unity Squad appear Saturday, October 19 at 8 PM at the Rockaway Arts Center, Fort Tilden. Admission is free. The performance takes place on an outdoor stage, weather permitting, on an indoor stage if inclement. Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) presents Seanchai and the Unity Squad as part of its month-long arts extravaganza, ARTSPLASH 2002.

The popular and unique Celtic-influenced hip-hop band is headed by Brooklyn-born Chris Byrne, formerly of Black 47 and a former New York City police officer. Their songs combine hip-hop, reggae, rock, New York rap and Celtic traditions. Billing themselves as "rebel hip-hop", their lyrics carry a message.

On Sunday, October 20, 3 PM - 5 PM in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden there will be repeat screenings of "Art Jam" by Ken Keegan, a video of music and art in collaboration.

The appearance of Seanchai and the Unity Squad and of "Art Jam" marks the third weekend in five of the Rockaway Artists Alliance's ARTSPLASH 2002. This multi-media arts event features two galleries of diverse artworks, outdoor and indoor sculpture and a schedule of afternoon and evening live performances by singers, dancers, musicians, poets and video artists. Admission is free to galleries and all events.

ARTSPLASH 2002 continues through November 3. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12 noon - 5 PM and Sundays 1 - 4 PM. Outdoor sculpture can be viewed from dawn to dusk in Fort Tilden, a unique seaside national urban park. RAA presents ARTSPLASH 2002 in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area. Refreshments are being sponsored by Newsday. Call RAA at 718 474-0861 or visit the website at www.rockawayartistsalliance.com for information and a full events schedule.

A weekly class for adults, Sculpture for Beginners, will be offered by new RAA member Yeugeny (Eugene) Zanis. New RAA member Zanis is a professor of sculpture at Kingsborough College and honored member of the Salmagundi Club. The class will be held every Tuesday evening starting November 5, 7 PM - 9 PM in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden. Sculpture for Beginners is $10 per class for RAA members. RAA membership is only $25 per year. Based on classical traditions, this timeless subject is explored in such a way that students gain the skills and confidence they need to work in clay. Students are introduced to clay modeling tools and techniques, proportion systems, anatomical concepts, planar structure and the use of light and shadow to demonstrate form. A list of tools and materials will be provided at the first session. Contact RAA if you are interested in participating.

Double vision and those old devil headaches continue to plague Medium Rayah. What could possibly be attacking the Madam's cones and rods? What horrid images are cramming their way into her matching crystal balls? What new and disgusting gruesomeness awaits those surrounding the fear-ridden fortuneteller? And why do these things always seem to happen around Halloween? Rayah reports that the incredible images are fuzzy so far. But what is coming in crystal clear is what appears to be a title - "Send in the Clones." Even blurrier is a buxom blond figure holding a furry animal of some kind. She seems to be looking for an old man in poor health. Her name is Anna Nicloe Smith and Rayah reports that this woman is one of the scariest creatures she has ever seen. Other weird and chilling visions live inside Rayah's spheres, but have not as yet emerged with full clarity. The Mad Madam does, however, project, based on past experience and her infallible intuition, that some kind of horror-house event will take place in the basement of the Visitor Center at Fort Tilden on Halloween night. Stay tuned to this column, the public arm of Medium Rayah. The images will clear and the words of warning will be out.

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