2006-04-07 / Columnists

An Opening And A Celebration Of Those We Remember

by Susan Hartenstein Opening this weekend:

by Susan Hartenstein
Opening this weekend:

"Moon Racer" Artist: Amy Kargman. Medium: Relief print. One of the artworks that will be on view in"Papertrail" this weekend at Ft Tilden."Moon Racer" Artist: Amy Kargman. Medium: Relief print. One of the artworks that will be on view in"Papertrail" this weekend at Ft Tilden. Paper Trail, a printmaking and paper works exhibition, explores the nature of paper and the surprisingly broad spectrum of art that can be created using this versatile medium.

Opening reception: Sunday, April 9, 1-3 p.m. Location: sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden.

Exhibition dates: April 8-April 30.

Admission is free to exhibition and reception.

Gallery hours : Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 718 474-0861, email: rockart116@aol.com or visit: www.rockawayartists alliance. org.

RAA's next general meeting: Monday, April 10 in building T-149, Fort Tilden. Guest presentation: Art & Balinese Cremation with Denis Macrae, photographer.

All are welcome.

Bring your latest artwork.

Upcoming Rockaway Theatre Company production: Stuart Little and Hospital. Dates: Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. This is a special production of the RTC Children's Theatre Workshop and is directed by Peggy Page and Peggy Vivino. For information: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org or 718 850-2450. And in May... The Women . Some forty females of every type, size and age. What more do you need to know? Plenty, my dear. Stay tuned.

Walter Gurbo is having a one man show, entitled "Recent Works"at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets) New York, NY 10003. The show runs through May 11, 2006. The opening reception is Friday, April 21, 5:30-7:30. Be there forgreat art, conversation and friendship.

Rockaway Artists Alliance and the New York City Department of Education Region 5 Learning Support Center are presenting Kidsplash 2006, an exhibition of children's artwork, from Saturday, May 13 through Sunday, May 28, 2006. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, May 14, 2006 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Schools are invited to submit 2-dimensional artwork in all media of children grades K-8. Dimensions are not to exceed 18 inches by 24 inches. For full details please call RAA at 718 474-0861 or visit our website: www.rockawayartistsallian ce.org.

I encourage all members of our community to attend the unveiling of the Tribute Park 9/11 Dome, "The Heavens Over Rockaway." It takes place Saturday, April 8 at 12 noon, weather permitting, in Tribute Park on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Park. Stained glass master Patrick Clark, designer and creator, states that families are invited to take part in the ceremonial reading of names in the dome.He advises that family members check in at the park by 11:40 a.m. on Saturday or call him at 634-3397. The dome has been fabricated from colored glass and crystal by Clark and his crew.The names of Rockaway's 9/11 victims are carved on the crystal stars in the dome and can be seen from the inside. Clark describes, "When bright sunlight hits the dome, colors and prisms cascade down in healing shades of transcendent blue to remind us that our 9/11 loved ones have never been and will never be forgotten."

Poetry and music will be presented by 9/11 families and local performing artists. Because this is an artistic ceremony, Clark says, there will be no "speeches". The official lighting of this major historical work of art takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Weather permitting, bright halogen spot lights inside the transparent glass dome will be illuminated for the first time sending, in the Clark's words, "vibrant rays of colored light into the night sky, reminiscent of the 9/11 towers of light at the Ground Zero site each September 11." Our community has been awaiting this event for a long time. It is something in which we need to participate - to remember, to celebrate, to mourn.

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