2004-07-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein

RAA will be holding the following adult education classes. The classes are available to RAA members and are free of charge. Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis and there are a limited number of spots in each class. To register, call or e-mail the office. E-mail: rockart116@aol.com.

Relief Printmaking: Instructor Cindy Rosin, Monday evenings beginning July 19 (meets for 4 weeks) 7 pm – 10 pm Building T-6 (sTudio 6) Includes an overview of the printmaking process and materials; designing and carving both a linoleum block and a wood block, printing from the blocks, doing a reduction carvings for a second color and printing from that as well.

Fun in clay for beginners: Instructor: Lina Puerta, Wednesday evenings beginning July 21 (meets for 6 weeks) 7 pm – 10 pm Building T-6 (sTudio 6).

This course offers an overview of the basic hand building techniques, such as wedging, pinching, coil and slab making, to beginners. Other techniques such as stamping, colored clay and surface treatment will be explored. In this class students will be able to create functional or sculptural forms relevant to their own interests.

Summer is a great time for arts festivals – jazz, dance, visual arts and more. Want a few ideas? You’ve come to the right place.

• Brooklyn Academy of Music presents the BAM Rhythm and Blues Festival at Metrotech. Ten concerts running through August 12 feature such headliners as R&B’s Bettye LaVette, The Neville Brothers and Yellowman (Jamaica’s first dancehall superstar who popularized "toasting," reggae’s equivalent of rapping). Log onto www.bam.org for more information.

• "Celebrate Brooklyn," in its 26th year, presents music, dance, film and spoken word events through August 8 at the prospect Park Bandshell. For example, on Saturday, July 17 at 8 PM, the world famous iconoclastic Mark Morris Dance Group performs. For info: www.celebratebrooklyn.org.

• The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is being held August 21 at Marcus Garvey Park (5 Avenue and 122 Street) and August 22 at Tompkins Square Park (East 7 Street and Avenue A). For info: ww.cityparksfoundation.org.

• The Downtown NYC River to River Festival 2004 runs through September 30. The festival was created after 9/11 in order to restore cultural activity to Lower Manhattan. This is a huge series of special events and festivals that include the Hudson River Festival featuring free musical performances at the World Financial Center’s restored Winter Garden, its plaza and other Battery Park venues; the Evening Stars Music and Dance Festival that presents outdoor performances by some of the finest music groups and dance companies. Performers include Lyle Lovett, the Neville Brothers and Roy Hargrove. Check out www.rivertorivernyc.org for a full schedule of all the "cool" events.

These are just some of the festivals to enjoy around town. More, in coming weeks.

Speaking of special events around town, we have some terrific ones around town here in Rockaway-

• "A Perfect 10," RAA’s Tenth Anniversary Member Exhibition, runs from August 7 through August 29. Opening reception is Sunday, August 8, 1-3 pm at sTudio 6 Gallery at Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). Free admission.

• Paul Taylor 2, the renowned modern dance company, performs Sunday, July 25 at 6 pm on the parade grounds at Fort Tilden as part of the Sunset Picnic Series. This annual series of very special free events has been brought to this community by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC).

• RMAC’s 20th Annual Fall Festival takes place this year on September 11 and 12.

• "The King and I," the brilliant and glorious musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is being presented by the Rockaway Theatre Company at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden, I hear it is a terrific production and plan on going this weekend. Remaining performances are July 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 pm and Sunday, July 18 at 2 pm. This company just gets better and better.

Reminder to artists: -The submission deadline for "FRAME:Art in the Period between the 2nd and 3rd World Wars is July 27.

• The submission deadline for "ARTSPLASH 2004: A Multimedia Arts Event" with a special section devoted to Digital Art, is August 6.

• For prospectus and entry form for these exhibitions, log onto www.rockawayartistsalliance.org or contact RAA.


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