2006-08-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Camp KidsmArt Celebrates Red Hook - The Next Place To Go
Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein Free Summer Moons Concerts:

Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein
Free Summer Moons Concerts:

Under theinstruction of Nancy Cusack campers create self-portraits.Under theinstruction of Nancy Cusack campers create self-portraits. every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Fort Tilden through August 24 on the outdoor Rockaway Moon Stage between sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries. (Inside sTudio 7 if it rains.) BYO blankets, chairs, coolers, family and friends.

August 10 @ 7:30 p.m.: Blues, R & B, rock and roll with "The Jubilees" featuring Marty Tisch and friends.

Thanks to all who performed for the large crowd last Thursday. That includes Indaculture and Mother Nature. Folks very young to very old were spread out as far as the ballfield across the road from the Moon Stage. They sang, they danced, they had a great time listening to the wonderful band that is Rockaway's own, Indaculture. And, because RAA really knows how to put on a show, at one point the crowd was treated to a spectacular light(ening) display. The rain politely waited until later. That's Entertainment, people!

Important Reminders:

Wednesday, August 9 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. RAA's camp kidsmART will hold its "Greatest Art Show on Earth" at RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts) at Fort Tilden. Theevent will include a wonderful display of the visual artwork - including paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts,multi media projects and more - created by the 180 campers during the five-week long camp. Campers who are inclined to take to the stage will perform dance, drumming, theater and choral numbers on the Moon Stage. This final celebration of the campers' achievements is always an event to remember.

Instructor Arianna Rose leads kidmART campers in a drum circle. Master drummer and kidsmART instructor, Khadyjah Alleyne sits in on the jam.Instructor Arianna Rose leads kidmART campers in a drum circle. Master drummer and kidsmART instructor, Khadyjah Alleyne sits in on the jam. 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. They include Pat Bishop, Jim Cantirino, Christina Jorge and John Russo. Congratulations to Chris Jorge for the sale of her sculpture "Vanilla or Chocolate?". Special events take place each weekend through the run of the show. For information call 718 569-2507 or log onto: BWAC.org.

August 12, 13: Artists Speak Weekend.

Red Hook, Brooklyn is one of the latest neighborhoods in our city to undergo gentrification, as an alternative to the pricier Manhattan. The village of Roode Hoek was established by the Dutch in 1636. Named for the red clay soil and the hook shape of the peninsular corner of Brooklyn projecting into the East River, Red Hook was one of the first areas of the borough to be settled by Europeans. Some two hundred years later it had become one of the busiest ports in the country. The peak in this shorefront area's population came in the 1950's. Many of its residents were longshoremen and their families. But the jobs and population went into decline as the shipping industry changed and became more mechanized. The area, however, retained the beauty and charm of some of its old world structures, and the incredible waterfront views. The largest concentration of Civil War warehouses in the city is to be found in Red Hook.

Fast forward to present day as Red Hook is starting to take its place with Williamsburg and Park Slope as the new, attractive alternative neighborhood. Added to the residents of the Red Hook Houses, a federal housing project built in 1938, it is becoming home to young upper-middle classnicks, renovated townhouses, warehouse spaces and one and two bedroom affordable apartments, interesting restaurants and shops. There is a new cruise terminal where luxury ships can dock. Various piers provide stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, and much more. And of course, there are the artists, who, like others, were attracted by the cheaper rentals and the views. Developer Greg O'Connell bought 28 acres of land in the area, 10 of which are on the waterfront. He redeveloped the Beard Street Pier into space for small manufacturing, and has helped to bring several businesses into the neighborhood and to provide a half mile of waterfront public esplanade.

Gentrification can be controversial, but O'Connell and the artists appear to be working well together. On the open pier upon which BWAC holds its exhibits (in one of those amazing Civil War warehouses), O'Connell also hosts the annual Red Hook waterfront arts festival and the Young People's Performance Festival. When you visit the BWAC exhibits, you can sit out on the pier and enjoy those incredible views of the harbor and the unique beauty of abandoned, soon to be replaced, shorefront structures that have gained a poetry in their age.

The incredible Fairway Market is located on Van Brunt Street. The variety available in this market will blow your socks off. New York Magazine's latest issue lists "The 101 Best Cheap Eats - Restaurants in New York." Among them are the "Red Hook Ballfields," outdoor portable kitchens around the ball fields on Bay Street between Clinton and Court Streets, and "360" at 360 Van Brunt Street. Check out nymag.com. At 353 Van Brunt is a very interesting gallery, the Kentler International Drawing Space. Visit: kentlergallery.org.

The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge is another destination to visit in Red Hook. Visit: waterfront

museum.org.

For more on the arts in Red Hook go to: www.southbrooklyn. net/rhwa_May 2006.html

@RoCA and beyond.

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