2007-02-23 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

KidsmART News, 'Big' News And Lit News Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

KidsmART News, 'Big' News And Lit News
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by Susan

KidsmART kids and staff boogie to their heart's content at the Valentine's Day Dance. (Photo by Elizabeth Graham)
KidsmART kids and staff boogie to their heart's content at the Valentine's Day Dance. (Photo by Elizabeth Graham)

The latest from kidsmART Program Director Christine Mullally:

kidsmART kids braved the elements (as did their parents!) and came up to T-149 on Valentine's Day to get their groove on at the Valentine's Dance. There were a lot of great red outfits, heart decorations (of course!) and kids won Valentine mementos in a free raffle and made heart-shaped photo keepsakes for their loved ones. It may have been bitter cold outside, but it was warm at the Dance.

As always happens at this time of year, the thoughts of the kidsmART administrators turn to the summer. This year we are happy to announce camp kidsmART will run for six weeks from July 9 through August 16. In the past, camp was only in session for five weeks, but we have found with its burgeoning popularity and the special events and visitors from cultural organizations like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we needed and wanted to extend the camp season for one week. The daily schedule will be the same as it has been, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m, Monday through Thursday. Applications will become available in early April. If your child currently attends kidsmART after-school program or attended camp kidsmART in 2006, you will automatically receive an application. If your child has not attended a kidsmART program, please e-mail rockart116@aol.com or call the RAA office at 718-474-0861 to be put on the camp kidsmART mailing list.

Calling Artists of all mediums for: "The BIG Show."

Think BIG! Open to all media - drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, installation, video, quilting, literature, and more. "The BIG Show" dares artists to bring out their biggest ideas in a showcase of immeasurable possibilities. All works must be a minimum of 6 (six) feet in size, (maximum indoor height 10 feet, maximum indoor width 50 feet. Outdoors anything goes).

"The BIG Show" will utilize sTudio 7 Gallery and outdoor sculpture garden and is open to any theme the artist wishes to pursue.

Only one work per artist will be accepted though six may be submitted for review. ALL works must be delivered, installed and removed by the artist. RAA accepts no responsibilities in these areas except oversight regarding placement, building usage and timing.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: March 23, 2007.

"The BIG Show" on exhibit April 21 - May 20, 2007.

Opening reception: April 29, 2007 1-3 p.m.

Contact RAA for details, entry form, prospectus: 718-474-0861 - rock art 116 @aol.com


SAVE THE DATES NOW: Next RAA exhibition is Photography: Process and Print. On view Saturday, March 10 to Sunday, April 1. Opening reception: Sunday, March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Rockaway Literary Arts Festival brings yet another cultural dimension to our peninsula. At the moment, some of the exact details of the upcoming April 22 event hosted by the Rockaway Music and Arts Council are still subject to change.

However, as of this writing, a few of the wide variety of themes around which panel discussions are slated to be built are: Fiction, composed of authors specializing in horror, thrillers and espionage; Historical fiction and non-fiction, whose panelists will include Jeff Janoda, who wrote Saga: A Novel of Medieval Iceland; Literature focusing on the woman's experience in America, whose panelists will include Ellen Meister, Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA; Memoirs, panelists among whom are Irving Burgie (author/composer of Harry Belafonte's most famous hits), author of Day-O!!!: An Autobiography. Appropriately Kevin Boyle, Braving the Waves: Rockaway Rises and Rises Again, local historian Emil Lucev, whose new book Rockaway by Postcard is due out from Arcadia Books, and Ken Hogan, a Rockaway based writer on sports with three books to his credit, will be on the panel about Regional non-fiction. Among the other panels there will be one on books about health and one on cookbooks, directed by famous cooking expert Arthur Schwartz.

Attendance at the festival will be a broadly satisfying cultural experience. Established and emerging practitioners of the literary arts will share their vast collective knowledge and the fruits of their talents with the public. Opportunities will be advanced to a select number of new writers by publishing professionals.

Two RAA exhibitions, Beaches & Nature and TheBIG Show, will be on display during the day's events. Live entertainment will be provided by the band SquidWorks, playing folk music and other pieces appropriate to the day. Poetry readings will also be part of the festival.

Clips from films by Screenwriting Symposium panelists will be shown in the Post Theater of the Rockaway Theatre Company.


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