2006-07-28 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Camp KidsmArt Extended, Free Moons Rock On Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein

Camp KidsmArt Extended, Free Moons Rock On
Rockaway Artists Alliance

"Squid" at last week's Summer Moons free concert."Squid" at last week's Summer Moons free concert. Free Thursday night concerts continue on the coooooooool outdoor RAA Rockaway Moon Stage in Fort Tilden. (If it rains, come anyway - we move indoors to sTudio 7.) August 3: Family Night suited for ages neo-natal to nonagenarian. Featured will be magic, music, belly dancing and more. August 10: Marty Tisch and Jubilee. Upcoming: reappearances by Squid and Hudson's Hope, some super surprises and more. BYO blankets, chairs, kids and friends. RAA board members Apryl Green and Jan Nebozenko are responsible for this popular series of weekly concerts, now in its second summer season. Thanks for the dream and the hard work that has made the dream come true. Thanks to the wonderful band Indaculture for their performance on July 27. Concerts run through August 24.

Camp kidsmART would like to thank Marty Andresen and Rockaway Little League for allowing the camp to use their hoses on a particularly scorching Torrential Tuesday and for giving us access to the little league fields for afternoon kickball. Camp kidsmART greatly appreciates Rockaway Little League's generosity.

There is still space available for children ages 6-13 to register for camp kidsmART's extended weeks. The extended weeks program will run the weeks of August 14 and August 21. Campers can sign up for either or both weeks. Registration for the extended weeks will close on Tuesday, August 1. For more information contact the RAA office at 718-945-8992.

Save The Date!! Wednesday, August 9 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. camp kidsmART will celebrate the accomplishments of all of the campers with a multi-media exhibition in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. The show will include dance, theater and choral performances and exhibits of the campers' visual artwork including paintings, sculptures and more.

Reminder: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) presents its summer art exhibit, "Food for ....A Feast for the Eyes," through August 20 at 499 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Admission is free. Hours are weekends only 1-7 p.m.

Several RAA artists are participating, include Pat Bishop, Jim Cantirino, Christina Jorge and John Russo.

Special events take place each weekend through the run of the show.

For information call 718 569-2507 or log onto: BWAC.org. Scheduled: July 29/30:Artists Cook Weekend; August 12, 13: Artists Speak Weekend.

Final weekend for Kate! Remaining performances of the winning Rockaway Theatre Company production of Kiss Me, Kate at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden are July 28, 29 at 8 p.m. Call the RTC Hotline at 718 850-2450 for reservations and information.

John Henshon has been an invaluable part of the Rockaway Theatre Company for the last five years. It was with great sadness that I learned last week of his retirement from the company. John has contributed his time and talents to a variety of facets of the organization. He is a member of the Board of Directors. He designed and built the theater's sound system and acts as its sound engineer. Much of the equipment was donated or bought by John. He voluntarily transports and operates the sound equipment when RTC "goes on the road." He is the company's photographer and videographer. The images recorded by him appear in RTC's publicity, in the theater lobby and in the DVD's of its productions he himself provides to cast and crew members.

Henshon is responsible for organizing and maintaining all the complex aspects of RTC's mailing list. He is a major participant in the construction and mounting of sets and technical equipment for all shows. Audiences may not be aware of who he is by sight (he is the man in the sound booth at the left rear of the theater), but they are the beneficiaries of his talent each time they attend an RTC production.

John Henshon's contribution to the Rockaway Theater Company, however, extends far beyond the tasks he performs. He has left an indelible mark on the nature and spirit of the company and its members. Everyone who has worked with John has been touched by the talent, professionalism, kindness and generosity of this soft-spoken gentleman. The world of theater can be cluttered with egos.

Without fanfare or self-congratulation, John makes the work of others even better. His fellow technicians, actors, directors and artists love and respect him for this. And he is a role model for the young members of the company to emulate.

John will be much missed. He is leaving to fulfill personal and professional commitments. But rumor has it that, at some point down the road, he may be coaxed out of retirement for at least one show a year.

We can only hope.

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