2005-09-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance

by Susan Hartenstein

The Arts @ Fort Tilden:

ARTSPLASH 2005 is here: RAA’s multi-media celebration of the arts at the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden continues through Sunday, October 16. For six weekends, RoCA@ FortTilden will feature an exciting array of visual arts, dance, music, outdoor and indoor theater, poetry and video art. Admission to the galleries and special events is free. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. The reception will be held Sunday, September 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. “Birdman” Denis Macrae, an expert on the avian population in this area, will conduct a bird walk through Fort Tilden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who wish to participate should meet at 11 a.m. in front of sTudio 6. Seanchai and the Unity Squad is slated to entertain during the festival. A full schedule of special events and performances will be posted in this newspaper and on the RAA website at: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org. For information: (718) 474-0861 or rock art116@aol.com.

The Rockaway Theatre Company presents Rockaway Café ’05: Salute to the Piano Men. Performances are: September 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 30, October 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m.; October 2 at 2 p.m. Call (718) 850-2450 for reservations.

Don’t miss the 21st Rockaway Music and Arts Council Fall Festival Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18.

Life drawing workshops begin Friday, September 16, 7-10 p.m. in the sTudio 6 Gallery (building T-6) in the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. The sessions will be held every other Friday at the same time and in the same place. There is a $10 fee model’s fee. Bring your own materials.

A glimpse of ARTSPLASH: This column continues to introduce you to some of the visual, performing and literary artists participating in RAA’s autumn arts festival. Ultimately, however, you must come see and be surrounded by the exhibition itself in order to feel the full impact of the more than 120 pieces of art in ARTSPLASH.

In her inventive works, Cassie Worley, uses the computer to juxtapose coloring book imagery, her own hand-drawn figures and existing characters/ lyrics in order to force the viewer to evaluate and reevaluate the morality of the world in which we live. She states, “Biblical stories contain a sense of moral immediacy. The Bible’s moralistic tales provide messages, which help direct the standards within society. By altering a traditional tale or lyric and combining it with contrasting images/text a new conflict is created that forces the breaking down of a paradigm. One begins to see a disconnection between representation and myth. The viewer/reader can then recognize an inherent paradox within the adaptation and begin to reconstruct their thoughts regarding the contemporary world at large.”

Call to Artists and Lovers of Ghoulies and Goblins:

Halloween may seem far away, but it isn’t. (In fact, I just received an e-mail from trusted RAA soothsayer, Madam Rayah, informing me that she is already feeling some evil vibrations in the air). The Rockaway Artists Alliance is calling upon artists and lovers of Halloween “festivities” to sign up now to be part of Minotaur’s Maze: A Halloween Event. Artists working in all media, including painting, sculpture, film, dance, music, special effects and performance are invited to submit their most imaginative ideas. Whether you are an artist or not, and just want to help out with the event, we welcome your participation. Each of the artists will work within a 9-foot by 12-foot module as part of the Maze where lost souls will wander through these interactive artworks in the desperate hope of escaping the labyrinth before the Minotaur consumes them. Artists may work individually or in groups and may design work for one module or team up and share modules. The fun will run every evening of Halloween weekend from October 28 through October 31. Call the RAA office if you wish to participate. Phone: (718) 474-0861.

Tabla Rasa Gallery opens its fall season with PAPER CUTS, an exhibition featuring artists working with torn and cut paper. The exhibition is on view September 21- October 29.

The Artists Reception is Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday, noon - 5:00 p.m. Call for additional hours: (718) 768- 0305, 718 833-9100 or visit www.Tabla RasaGallery.com.

Tabla Rasa Gallery is located at 224 48 Street,Brooklyn, NY 11220.

Geoff Rawling’s exhibition Hops and Dreams continues at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, through September 30. This week’s Friday night entertainment is The Bayou Blues Band, performing 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information about this historic brewery, check out www.Bro oklynBrewery.com.

CU@RoCA this weekend.

There’s a lot from which to choose.

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