2008-05-16 / Community

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Closing Reception Sunday; Free New Adult Workshops
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

The Moon," Medium: Oil on Linen Artist: Sheryl Humphrey. On display in the exhibit OF WOMEN in sTudio 6, Ft Tilden. The Moon," Medium: Oil on Linen Artist: Sheryl Humphrey. On display in the exhibit OF WOMEN in sTudio 6, Ft Tilden. Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) cordially invites you to join them at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 as they celebrate the three concurrent exhibitions, "Of Women," Black and White" and "The Human Figure." The closing reception takes place in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. Complimentary beverages and delectable desserts will be served. For more information contact 917-306- 8729 or please view the web at www. rockawayartistsalliance.org.

"Of Women" curator, Sophia Skeans writes of her exhibition, "The exhibit presents 25 diverse female artists with a range of styles that are elegant, personal and moving. It includes wonderful painted portraits and still life paintings, an enormous imaginative 5' x 5' oil painting, original wood cut prints, fascinating marble sculptures, photos and mixed media."

Attention participating artists: Pickup of your work on May 18 will be after 3 p.m., ONLY.

New! Free! Adult Education Classes:

Rockaway Artists Alliance is pleased to announce two new free adult education workshops. These workshops are funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. All supplies and materials are provided. Spaces are limited. To register, please e-mail rockart 116@aol.com.

Class: Basic Bird Watching. Instructor: Denis Macrae "Birdman"

Dates and Times: Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., May 17 and 24; June 7, 14, and 21 (No class on Memorial Day Weekend). Location: May classes - sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden.

June classes - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center.

This workshop is well timed with the spring migration. Each week, Macrae will lead participants on a walk - in Fort Tilden: the Bay and Ocean Walks; and in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: the East and West Pond Walks. Using binoculars and field guides, birds sighted will be identified. Time will be allotted during the second half of each class for participants to create watercolor pencil drawings of the birds they have spotted. Before each walk the class will target birds by consulting The Birds of Fort Tilden Checklist, and information can be obtained from local birdwatchers. The general objective is to enhance awareness of birds and their relationship to nature. In the process, participants get exercise and lower their blood pressure while enjoying the camaraderie of nature lovers. The class will also build the artistic skills of each person, and artwork will be shared with fellow class members, in a supportive atmosphere. The last session of the course will be held at Macrae's sunset bird house, a short walk from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve. There, participants can share the artwork they created throughout the course and enjoy refreshments.

Class: Raw Foods "Un-Cooking" Class. Instructor: Arianna Rose. Dates and times: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Location: TBA - either sTudio 6 Gallery or Building T-149 in Fort Tilden.

Participants will learn the simplicity of preparing delicious, healthy, living, vibrant foods and how to incorporate this into their daily lifestyles. In this comprehensive series students will learn what are raw and living foods, in the four categories: vegetable/fruits/ nuts/seeds and their importance in our daily diet. Each week participants will take part in making either simple dishes, smoothies and blended juices, main dishes or desserts.

Students will leave class with food to take home and will have acquired the knowledge to continue creating raw food dishes on their own. In addition, the instructor will: show students how to use some of the standard 'raw kitchen' equipment; introduce the class to "Rockaway Raw" potlucks; discuss classes and community-building activities; and provide handouts with more information on a raw diet, websites and cookbooks. The series will culminate with the class cooking and sitting down to a meal together. An RAA fundraising art auction is planned to run during "Good and Plenty." The auction is a separate event and is open to the membership. Anyone interested may submit up to two pieces. For details contact the RAA office. RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718 474-0861; Fax: 718 474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalli ance.org

Forth Tilden Highlights

CELEBRATION and CLOSING RECEPTION: Sunday, May 18,1-4 p.m., sTudio 6 Gallery. FINAL WEEKEND - THREE RAA EXHIBITS: "Of Women," "Black and White" and "The Human Figure." Exhibition dates: Through Sunday, May 18; Location: sTudio 6 Gallery and sTudio7 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden, GNRA. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. (FREE) THURSDAY OPEN MIC MUSIC NIGHTS: Every Thursday, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA. Jamming with great local and non-local musicians and singers; open mic. LIFE DRAWING CLASS with live model. Every Thursday, 8-10 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Fee: $20 per class. No preregistration necessary. Instructor: Geoff Rawling PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tuesday nights, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. - 12 noon. sTudio 7, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. $15 per class, supplies included. Instructor: Geoff Rawling FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV: "No Shame Theater" performs theater games, improvised scenes based on written works; all are invited to join in. ROCKAWAY THEATRE COMPANY: The musical, "Annie." Performances: May 16, 17 at 8 p.m. Reserve tickets ASAP: 718-850- 2450. Directors: Kathy Valentine and Frank Caiati; Musical Director: Anne Ribold

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