2005-10-21 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Medium Rayah Reveals All Hallows Eve

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Medium Rayah Reveals All Hallows Eve…Or, Just About All

In one of the scenes from last year’s Halloween extravaganza, Dr. Demento does his thing. In one of the scenes from last year’s Halloween extravaganza, Dr. Demento does his thing. by Susan Hartenstein

But first: RAA Exhibitions and Workshop News: The life drawing workshop will take place this Friday, Oct 21, 7-10 p.m. in sTudio 6. There is a $10 model fee. If bad weather is expected for Friday night, please call RAA office on Friday morning to confirm workshop will be held. Tel: 718 474-0861. Bring your own materials.

Final two Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibitions of 2005: November 12- December 18: sTudio 6 Gallery – Gifted 2005: A holiday member exhibition sTudio 7 Gallery – Sewn and Thrown: a juried exhibition of quilts and pottery. Opening reception for both shows: Sunday, November 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sneak Preview: 2006 Exhibition Schedule of Rockaway Artists Alliance (titles and dates may be subject to change). Watch the RAA website for full prospectuses and entry forms.

For inquiries e-mail: exhibitions@ rockawayartistsalliance.org

February 4- February 26: A Primary Exhibition.

Concept: A juried exhibition of paintings that use a limited palette of 1 to 3 colors.

March 11-April 3: Intrusion or Intimacy?

Concept: A juried exhibition exploring the broad concept of openings, holes and orifices. Artwork should include a view through an opening and the opening itself.

April 1- May 7: Paper Tail:

Concept: A juried exhibition of printmaking and works with paper.

April 29-May 21: Roger Carreau Solo Exhibition (title TBA)

May 20- June 25: Bodyscapes.

Concept: a juried exhibition exploring the multi-dimensional aspects of the human body, not only as a physical form but also as the vessel of the essence of humanity.

June 3-June 25: Christina Jorge Solo Exhibition (title TBA)

September 9-October 15: ARTSPLASH 2006

Concept: RAA’s annual multimedia arts festival.

November 4-December 10: Gifted

Sewn and Thrown. Concept: Gifted: A holiday member exhibition. Concept: Sewn and Thrown: A juried exhibition of original pottery, quilt and fabric art.

And now for the most important news of this column. Indeed, vital for all our survival. The crystal balls of Medium Rayah, official RAA soothsayer, fiscal advisor and notary public, are once again throbbing with foreboding. For weeks now, the Good Madam has been pacing the floors and ceilings of her hideaway in…oops, can’t reveal that. Well, anyway, she has found herself lost in a state of confusion. (An oxymoron, you may say.) But I will allow her own words to tell the tale of warning. I am forwarding you her last email to me, sent only moments ago. I now read it at the same instant as do you. Read it and be forewarned.

Dear most brilliant journalist friend – As I wrote you, since Labor Day I have been racked and ruined with mental blocks and contradictory images. Everywhere I look, figures begin to appear and then BANG, a wall. In my nightmares, in my gleaming glass globes. Everywhere. And when the figures do emerge, they contradict each other. First a man, then a bull, then a man, then a bull, then…well, you get the picture. Just when I think I am about to perceive the truth, a wall pops up. Could all these horrors simply be the fevered hallucinations of a gypsy queen who is about to have her wisdom tooth extracted? Nay, I say. They are real, horrendous and demonic. And, as usual, I sense in the fiber of my being that they portend events to take place in that hellacious hole of Hades, the Fort of Tilden on Halloween. But oh my stars, can it be true, the dangers threaten not just one night, but four. Yes, four. October 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 5-8 p.m. Hell is being held over.

And this year, can it be that the evil-doers are evacuating the bowels of building 1 in Tilden for sTudio 7 Gallery in the fair land of RAA? Have the titans of terror transformed this Tiffanyesque tower of artistic talent into their putrefied pantheon of pain? And what do the faces and bodies of bulls and men mean? Wait. I am having a vision. Bulls and men. Oh, by the chin hairs of Theseus. Could it, can it be the most feared, most dreaded creature on Earth – the ancient Minotaur? With the head of a bull, the body of a man and the roar of Satan himself, it devours human flesh like Wimpy devours hamburgers. Yes. all fits. A Minotaur. Walls. You do the math. Can it be the Minotaur’s Maze? Will the fair citizens of Rockaway be forced to run for their lives, caught in the terrifying traps and confusion of that oldest of labyrinths? By the gods above. Is Fort Tilden, once again in danger of running red with the fluids of humanity? And what of Dr. Demento, oral surgeon, gastroenterologist and board certified anesthesiologist? What are the exact details of this on-rushing nightmare? What devils will inhabit the Maze? What evil artists will gloriously gild this gallery of gore? Will I see through the remaining fog of my globes to warn the good people of Rockaway in time for them to save themselves and their loved ones? Pray that I can. Above all, pray for a good coastal evacuation plan. Stay tuned for my next e-mail.

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