2006-04-14 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Camp KidsmArt News And A Fitting Tribute
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Camp KidsmArt News And A Fitting Tribute

"Everything Relative" Artist: Aranka Zsigmond. Medium: Montage"Everything Relative" Artist: Aranka Zsigmond. Medium: Montage Camp kidsmART is on the horizon! This year camp will run from July 10 - August 10, Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 am - 2:30 p.m. The program is a half hour longer than last year in answer to many requests for extended hours.

In response tothe great demand for extending the camp's length, we are happy to announcetheaddition of twoweeks to our schedule. Sign-up for the weeks of August 14 and August 21 is optional.

Campers will be able toregister for either or both weeks.

Camp registration forms will be mailed on Saturday, April 22. You can expect to find the packets in your mailboxesby April 24 or 25.

If your child has attended kidsmART after-school or our summer day-camp program during the past two years or you have called the RAA office and asked to be added to the mailing list, you will automatically receive registration materials. Please complete the application and return them by mail only to the RAA office as soon as possible. Remember, camp registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Finally, if you are interested in a position as a teen assistant, there are a very limited number of positions available.

For an application, please contact the Rockaway Artists Alliance office after Tuesday, April 18. Phone: 718 474-0861.

We are looking forward to another fun-filled summer in Fort Tilden.

I regret that I was unable to join my community on Sunday, April 9 for the unveiling and lighting ceremony of the Tribute Dome. However, I asked Marina Callaghan, a dedicated member of this community, to write about the day.

The following is from Marina, whom I thank very much: Patrick Clark'sSundayopening ofTribute Dome at Tribute Park was everything this community has been waiting for and more.

It was reverent, solemn, serene and healing. Hundreds of community residents includingfamilies and friends of Rockaway's 9/11 victims, artists,firefighters, children, seniors, musicians all blended together to create an atmosphere where everyonefelt lifted up by one another. The magnificence of the Dome with the 55 stars containing the names of the 55 Rockaway lost on 9/11 brought us together to marvel at the colorful beams of reflected prism light and to remember those whom we loved and lost.

Patrick's brother Bob Clark, a native of Pendletown/Umatilla, Oregon came to do a smudge blessing, an ancient Native American ritual. Words could noteven express the power of the moment.

With gentle music playing, Bob and two neighborhood young girls held bowls containing burning sage and various herbs.Bob consecrated Tribute Park as a sacred place and invited family members up to bask in the healing of the sage.

FromJim Horan thelone piper, playingfroma distance to the sweet, angelic voice of Caitlin Hynes, daughter of Captain Walter Hynes singing "Somewhere Out There", almost as if she were singing directly into the heavensespecially for

her Dad....to the meaningful "This Changed Everything" written and sung convincingly by Gerald Bair to the powerful version of "Stars and Stripes Forever" performed by the amazing TK Kearney, everyone present would certainly haveagreed that Rockaway's tribute toourvanished heroesremains unmatched.

This columnist would only add that I understand that singer/ musician Bernard Smith performed a moving Irish song at the spectacular lighting ceremony, which touched the hearts of everyone present.]

Patrick Clarknot only gave us a tangible,multi-faceted memorial, where we as a community can goto reflect and dream. He gave us a part of himself that will soothe generations to come.

The BWAC Art Show Preview is being presented at the LAND Gallery, 67 Front Street DUMBO in Brooklyn. The exhibit is on view through Sunday, Apr 30 on weekends 1-5 p.m. (Except Easter Sunday).

The LAND organization - League Artists Natural Design- is a highly specialized studio art program which provides studio space and creates a dialogue among artists, curators, writers, collectors and arts organizations interested in social change. LAND is the latest program offered by the League Treatment Center, a non-profit organization providing progressive educational service to children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities from the New York Area. Proceeds benefit BWAC and LAND.

The Women are on the march. Actually, The Women is on the march. Or so goes the word under the hairdryers, Dahling.

The rehearsals at the Post Theater are heating up as the ingnues, femme fideles and femme fatales of this 1930's classic comedy sear light and insight into the lives of 50% of the population...and the other 50%, too. With rapier wit and scintillating dialogue, this will be a May Rockaway Theatre Company production you won't want to miss.

Another "don't miss" - Paper Trail, a printmaking and paper works exhibition that explores paper as a versatile and exciting artistic medium. Paper - reshaped, re-defined and revealed.

Printmaking works that are simultaneously surreal and classic; edgy collages; paper "skinned." Location: sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. Exhibition is on view through April 30.

Admission is free.

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. rockawayartistsalliance.org

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