2003-10-24 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein


The “Pirates of the Scare-ibbean” have “bagged” medium Rayah’s brain in an attempt to find out what s he knows about their Hallo­ween plot. Photo by Chris JorgeThe “Pirates of the Scare-ibbean” have “bagged” medium Rayah’s brain in an attempt to find out what s he knows about their Hallo­ween plot. Photo by Chris Jorge

Oh, the dastardliness of the deed!

Yes, it is true. Medium Rayah, RAA’s revered reader of palms, trusted teller of tarot truthfulness and admired administer of astrological ‘alloween advice, has indeed been kidnapped. Or should I say, shipnapped. In order to stifle RAA’s clarion caller of catastrophe and prevent her from, once again, warning the good people of Rockaway of the Halloween horrors that will befall them, the evil pirates of the S.S. Scare-ibbean have stolen the Madam away. Seized by the bloodthirsty buccaneers, the beloved Rayah was carried away under a sheet of gessoed canvas, in the dead of night, to be stashed in the bowels of that devil vessel, the Scare-ibbean.

How does this reporter know of the plot, you may well inquire? Once more Rayah has proven herself more than a match for those who would silence her soothsaying and halter her crystal balls. Tossed, bound and blindfolded, into a cubicle of the ship, the marvelous medium maneuvered herself free of her shackles. (Little known fact: Rayah taught Harry Houdini everything he knew.) As luck would have it – the foolish fiends stashed her in the Scare-ibbean’s computer room from whence Rayah, after divining the motley crew’s password, e-mailed rock art116 and this reporter about the whole grizzly story.

And so, my friends, here it is.

The SS Scare-ibbean is a ghost ship. Its crew is composed of the ghastliest of ghouls, the scariest specters, the dankest disembodied demons of the darkest seas and the deadest of dead parrots. From the depths of the coldest, clammiest sunken ships, these carcasses of lost souls are steering their putrefied pirate vessel straight to the shores of our poor peninsula, planning to come ashore at Riis Landing. From there they will slither to the basement of the Visitor Center in Fort Tilden, taking over the bodies of every good person in their path. Oh, the horror of it all! Those whom they do not consume whole, will suffer the slow demise of walking the Plank of No Return. Dare I continue? Hundreds, thousands of disgusting bottom-dwelling, seaweed-dripping monsters of mayhem descending upon the select saintly, sun-worshipping residents of our good community. You do the math.

But we can spoil the plans of this crew of carnage. On the night of October 31 at 5 p.m., stay clear of the fright fest at Fort Tilden. Don’t even dream of partaking of the scary delights that await you in building 1. Don’t succumb to the inviting interactive insanity that will surround you at… "The Pirates of the Scare-ibbean." Heed the warnings of the gypsy Queen who is, even as we speak, risking her life to save yours.

Kudos to the performing artists of this past weekend’s ARTSPLASH. Singers Apryl Green and Joanne Marnick once more showcased their versatility and talent. Christine Mullally led members of her creative writing workshop in readings of their works that were clever, touching and insightful. The Mariana Bekerman Dance Company performed an excerpt from Bekerman’s "Shameless," proving why this troupe won an ARTSPLASH Prize for Excellence a few years ago. Denise Leary is a science teacher at Public School 43. After school, she teaches dance. Shanelle Cummings and Jaleesa Gilbert are former students who have continued dancing together. Leary choreographed a duet for them to music by Congolese composer Papa Wemba about the Diaspora of West African people to the Western Hemisphere. Fortunately, the ARTSPLASH audience got to see these lovely artists performing the poetic, eloquent creation of Ms. Leary. Synthesis Dance Project, under the direction of teacher and choreographer Tracie Stanfield, combines various styles to broaden the concept of modern dance. They have performed at several prestigious dance festivals. Synthesis Too is the Apprentice Company formed to bridge the gap from young dance student to young dance artist. Their talent and maturity is impressive and complimented by their youthful zest. RAA was pleased to have them perform for us. Belly dancers Lorraine Costa and Adele Lynn returned to ARTSPLASH to bring their exotic entertainment to a very pleased audience. Proving what Gateway’s park partnerships are all about, the marvelous Rockaway Theatre Company answered RAA’s invitation by wowing the crowd with a joyous rendition of "Broadway to Beatles." Thank you to John Gilleece and the entire company.

This is the last weekend of ARTSPLASH and DIGITALSPLASH. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the work of more than 50 artists from around the nation. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 PM. Next up: "Gifted: A Member Holiday Exhibition."


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