2005-08-12 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

by Susan Hartenstein

The KidsmArt program run by the Rockaway At\rtists Alliance is completeing another successful summer with an exhibit and performance at Fort Tilden. The KidsmArt program run by the Rockaway At\rtists Alliance is completeing another successful summer with an exhibit and performance at Fort Tilden. Sunday, August 14 is the date of RAA’s Second Annual Picnic. It starts at 1 p.m. at RoCA@FortTilden, near the RAA galleries. If you wish to bring food or drink or perform song, dance, poetry or a musical instrument we welcome it. But please call the RAA office at 718- 474-0861 to coordinate with us. After all, there can be such a thing as too much sweet potato and anchovy salad and too many accordion-playing dancing bears. Bring friends or artwork, if you wish. Don’t worry. There can never be such a thing as too many friends or too much art.

Saturday, August 13 at 9 a.m. is the day and time for the Steve Belson 1/2 mile, non-competitive Memorial Swim and Scholarship award presentation. The place is “Bells Beach,” 92nd Street and the Rockaway Boardwalk. Be there if you can. Bells was an artist – an artist at living life fully. Come celebrate him and support a good cause.

The “Summer Moons” series of live musical entertainment on Thursday evenings under the stars continues. The performances are on the outdoor Rockaway Moon Stage located between sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 galleries at RoCA@FortTilden. (Just come in either the “fire station entrance” to the park or the “coast guard station entrance”, continue to the “T” and the sign will direct you.) Thursday, August18 at 7:30 p.m. the performers will be former members of “The Blues Club,” Marty Feintish, Tom Graves and Mike Miller. Singing with them will be Apryl Green, also a former member of that terrific band and present member of the equally terrific “Velvet Rose.” On August 25 the opening act will be “No Boundaries” with Joanne Marnick and Mike Rocks. More details in next week’s column.

Congratulations and thanks to Apryl Green and Jan Nebozenko for the concept, organization and technical expertise that have been bringing these great “Summer Moon” events to Fort Tilden. “Indaculture” opened the series on August 4. This band of young men is composed of extraordinarily talented musicians, singers and songwriters. And they are “home-grown” Rockaway-ites.

Call to RAA member artists:

The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) presents Gifted 2005, a holiday exhibition of members’ original works, to be displayed in sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden, Rockaway, Queens, New York in partnership with the National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area.

Visual and literary artists of all media and genres are invited to participate. Original works including, but not limited to: painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, printmaking, literary works, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, video, will be considered.

Event Eligibility: Open to RAA members only. Works not shown in other RAA exhibitions will be given priority due to space constraints.

The deadline for receipt of entries is October 7, 2005. The exhibition runs from November 12 through December 18, 2005.

For full prospectus and entry form log onto: www.rockawayartistsallian ce.org, call 718 474-0861 or e-mail: rockart116@aol.com.

On August 5, I had the pleasure of attending the Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of My Fair Lady. Director John Gilleece and the entire company are to be congratulated for this highly entertaining, beautifully executed show. The ever-charming presence of Nancy Kelly-Sturgis filled the shoes of Eliza. In a role whose range is perfectly suited to her voice, she was consistently mellifluous; her soprano was clear and beautiful. Max Roll’s performance of the role of Henry Higgins was intelligent, poised and displayed a maturity beyond his years. I can’t wait to see him perform a few years from now. Let’s hope it is with this same company. The multi-talented Robert Fahn as Colonel Pickering showed his usual charisma and sense of humor. He is always a treat on any stage. What can be said about John Gilleece? The youngest member of any cast in which he performs, this seasoned trouper brought enormous sparkle, talent, professionalism and energy to the role of Alfie Doolittle. He also directed the production. Bravo to you and all the players and crew! Special mention should also be made of the orchestra under the very able baton of Walter Birkhold and the imaginative scenery designed by Frank Calati and Jim Cantirino.

Be sure to see the clever comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Roger Gonzalez and David Risley, coming to the Post Theater August 19, 20, 25, 27, September 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and August 21 at 2 p.m. You can call the hotline for info and reservations at: 718-850-2450.

The accompanying photo is of RAA’s Camp kidsmART.

More on that highly successful program in a later column.


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