2008-05-23 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Mayor Proclaims Sunday Women's Arts Day
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, curator Sophia Skeans and several of the artists in "Of Women" with the Mayoral Proclamation declaring May 18, 2008 as "Women's Art Day" and citing RAA for its contributions to the city. Photo courtesy of Assemblywoman Pheffer and Sandy Nylundh. Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, curator Sophia Skeans and several of the artists in "Of Women" with the Mayoral Proclamation declaring May 18, 2008 as "Women's Art Day" and citing RAA for its contributions to the city. Photo courtesy of Assemblywoman Pheffer and Sandy Nylundh. As what one observer called, "a fitting conclusion to a superior exhibition," Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an official proclamation declaring Sunday, May 18, 2008 as "Women's Arts Day" in the City of New York.

The proclamation was precipitated by the Rockaway Artists Alliance show "Of Women." It states, "I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, in recognition of this important event, do hereby declare Sunday, May 18, 2008 in the City of New York as Women's Arts Day." Written to coincide with the exhibit's closing reception, the proclamation was read at the Sunday event by Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, who graciously joined in celebrating its presentation to RAA.

In the words of the proclamation, "Many of the fantastic artists [of the cultural capital of New York] are women and during Women's Arts Day the Rockaway Artists Alliance is celebrating their tremendous contributions." Mayor Bloomberg specifically cites the women of RAA, "who do so much for New York City." The document states that "by mentoring local children and helping them use the arts to beautify [public venues], they are proving the incredible power of creativity to make a difference in our communities." Further, the mayor cites RAA's arts education programs in partnership with the city for "helping our next generation of leaders build vital skills that will make them shine not only in the arts, but also in business, government and whatever other fields they pursue when they grow up." RAA, the document continues, has promoted the arts throughout Rockaway and beyond, by sponsoring events that showcase a variety of visual and literary arts and more. "The work of these leaders, male and female alike, has yielded tremendous benefits for all New Yorkers, and we are proud to join them for this celebration."

Rockaway Artists Alliance thanks Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for recognizing the artists' contributions to society. We also thank Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer for helping to present the proclamation to RAA, and for her indomitable support of the arts and arts organizations in Rockaway. We congratulate curator Sophia Pulkoski Skeans for her concept and care in organizing the very successful exhibit and special events; and we thank all those who assisted in this effort.

Fundraising Art Auction: June 22, 1- 4 p.m.

Drop-off date of work: June 1, 1-3 p.m., sTudio 7. No jurying. Open to membership, all mediums. Prints must be identified by type. Limit of two submissions, ready for hanging. Auction wall will be exhibited in sTudio 7, June 7-June22, and is a separate event from "Good and Plenty." For important further details, contact RAA.

New! Watercolor Class! Fridays, June 20 and June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA. Fee: $35 per class. Bring your supplies (if you need supplies, $5 extra). Instructor: Ellen Hoyt. She will cover drawing, composition, design, color, technique and offer inspiration. Beginners and advanced students are welcome. To sign up and /or for details please call Hoyt at 718-338-7281.

RAA Fundraising Garage Sale @ sTudio 7 Gallery: Saturday, May 31, 12-4 p.m.; Sunday, June 1, 1-4 p.m. Find frames and all that good garage sale "stuff."

I hope you have been reading "The Rockaway Irregular" column in this newspaper. My colleague, Stuart Mirsky, is the organizer of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council's Literary and Film Festival. Building on the success of last year's inaugural festival, the June event promises to be even better this year. Details of the schedules for June 7 and 8 can be found in recent issues of Stu's column.

Congratulations to Robert Sarnoff. His film "Dispatch" won third place in the Best Docudrama category at the Bare Bones International Film Festival. It will be featured at the RMAC Literary and Film Festival.


RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718 474-0861; Fax: 718 474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance .org

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT EXHIBITION: "Good and Plenty," the best work by RAA artists, revisited. Saturday, June 7- Sunday, June 22. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA@ Fort Tilden, GNRA. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. Opening reception: Sunday, June 15, 1-3 p.m. FUNDRAISING ART AUCTION: June 22, 1-4 p.m., sTudio 7 Gallery Deadline for submission of work: June 1. No jurying. Open to membership. See column for more details. (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.

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