2004-12-24 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

Gallery Happenings: Gifted 2004: A Member Holiday Exhibition will be closed Christmas and New Years weekends. It will re-open for its final weekend on January 8, 2005. Admission is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m.

Latest scoop on sTudio 7 Gallery renovations. Windows and doors have been installed. Siding installation is in progress. Next step – decks.

The first RAA exhibition of the 2005 season will be Black, light on silver . Five of RAA’s finest photographers will present black and white photography in sTudio 6 Gallery. The exhibit begins February 12, 2005. The opening reception is Sunday, February 13 – the day before Valentine’s Day.

Guests at last Sunday’s Afternoon of Music and Art at sTudio 6 Gallery were entertained and charmed by the performance of singer/pianist Michael Finnegan. One of the day’s most special moments came when Michael played a poignant and inspiring song from his original musical, Moving with Grace, about the immigrant experience in this country. We were very pleased and honored by the presence of artist Constance DelVecchio Maltese and Assemblyperson Audrey Pheffer. Maltese is married to State Senator Serphin Maltese. Both are great supporters of the arts. He and Assemblywoman Pheffer are responsible for the funding of the renovation of sTudio 7 Gallery. Thanks to all who made the special event possible.

A series of fundraising workshops will be presented in March, 2005 by the Queens Council on the Arts at the Women’s Studio Center in Long Island City. They take place on March 9, 16 and 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Watch this column for more details or visit: queenscouncilarts.org.

In the Public Realm , a funding program of the Public Art Fund, provides opportunities for emerging New York artists to undertake the challenge of creating a temporary work in a public space. The program encourages innovative and experimental public projects by emerging artists living and/or working in New York City and New York State. Previous experience of working in public spaces is not essential for selection by the program.

Chad, Bobby and Danny, the members of “Indaculture,” play at RAA’s holiday party last week. Next Monday, on December 27, they will play at Vaugh’s Pub at Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 8 p.m. Photos by Peter Brady.Chad, Bobby and Danny, the members of “Indaculture,” play at RAA’s holiday party last week. Next Monday, on December 27, they will play at Vaugh’s Pub at Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 8 p.m. Photos by Peter Brady. Based on initial applications, up to 10 artists will be selected and will each receive $1000 to create a formal proposal for a public art project. Investigating potential sites and communities in New York City for their proposed project, artists will develop working drawings, prepare a maquette and present an accurate budget. In the summer of 2005, the selected artists will present their proposals to the Public Art Fund. Up to three projects will be chosen for realization and those artists will receive up to $15,000 towards fabrication and installation, based on the finalized artist project budget and an artist fee of $2,500. The deadline is February 11, 2005. Visit www.publicartfund.org for details.

RAA’s weekend in the Catskills in Wurtsboro is coming up February 5 and 6. A gorgeous winter resort, RAA member art and members of local arts groups, ice carvings. Watch this column for more of this story.

IndaCulture , that fantastic local band that played at ARTSPLASH and other RAA events, will be making their second appearance at Vaughn’s Pub (formerly Tap and Grill) on Monday, December 27 starting at 8 p.m. They will be joined onstage by equally talented friends. This promises to be the beginning of a regular Monday night music event at the pub, if bartender and RAA artist Kevin Callaghan has anything to say about it. Have a Merry Christmas. Fort Tilden is beautiful at this time of year. CU@RoCA.

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