2004-12-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein


“Antique Car Restorer,” by Stephen Yaegar.
“Antique Car Restorer,” by Stephen Yaegar. Gallery Happenings: Sunday, December 19 from 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery at the Rockaway Center for the Arts, Fort Tilden. An Afternoon of Music and Art featuring singer/pianist Michael Finnegan who will perform, surrounded by the artwork of Gifted 2004.

Gifted 2004: A Holiday Member Exhibition runs through January 9, 2005 in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area.

Admission is free.

Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. Gallery will be closed the weekends of Christmas and New Year’s.

Results of RAA elections: Three new members join our Board of Directors: Apryl Green, Elizabeth Green, Dan Guarino. Welcome to all three.

Joseph Rothenberg is our new Vice President; Janet Dever remains our Treasurer. Congratulations to both.

The RAA holiday party was a great success. We were very happy to see Joan Doblin Vogel, one of the organization’s original members, who came for a visit. She is now living in Staten Island, but she is still close to us in our hearts.

Parents, civic and political leaders of this community should know about the Peninsula Performing Arts Conservatory. PPAC is a wonderful new school that provides training for children of our area in instrument, band and musical theater. On Sunday, December 12 the children and instructors of the school gave their debut performance in Fort Tilden’s Building T-149, for which all involved should be very proud. As you know, it is vital to provide opportunities for young people to express themselves in positive, creative ways that glean the affirmative responses of others. Michael Finnegan is the Conservatory Director. He has been a teacher and performer for many years in this community and is aware of the particular needs of the underserved area of Rockaway. He is a dynamic and motivating leader and his staff has worked in this community with the Rockaway Theatre Company.

Please give them your support.

For more information about the conservatory contact the Graybeards.

NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. located at 475 Keap Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is pleased to present Messing Around, a group exhibition curated by Robin Ross. In conjunction with Messing Around, NURTUREart presents “A Painting Performance” by painter Naoki Iwakawa with sound art by Kenta Nagai on Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Naoki Iwakawa incorporates performance into his work, or rather, his performance usually results in tangible visual artwork. He performs with paint, brushes, canvas, etc. in sweeping trance-like movements, and ends up with his poetic and ethereal work known as “painting”. He will be accompanied by sound artist and composer Kenta Nagai who plays fretless guitar and other string instruments.  In addition to solo and ensemble musical performance, Kenta Nagai collaborates with visual artists and makes original sound for dance, theater and video. Admission is free.

Exhibiting artists are: Noah Baen, Ula Einstein, Judy Hoffman, Naoki

Iwakawa, Elanit Kayne, Marietta  Patricia Leis, Lorna Ritz, and Robin Ross.

Hope to see you on Sunday, December 19. It promises to be a terrific event.

You can read more about it in the press release in this newspaper or by logging onto www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

CU@RoCA.

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