2008-06-13 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Exhibit Reception, Watercolor, Music, Music, Music
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"A Child's Coney Island" Artist: Jessica Schulman. Medium: Photographic Illustration. One of the works on display at sTudio 7 in the exhibit: Good & Plenty. "A Child's Coney Island" Artist: Jessica Schulman. Medium: Photographic Illustration. One of the works on display at sTudio 7 in the exhibit: Good & Plenty. A Heads Up for Saturday, June 21 when Rockaway and the rest of New York City will sizzle across the five boroughs with free live musical concerts. Make Music New York is a celebration bringing thousands of amateur and professional musicians of all genres to perform in hundreds of outdoor public spaces throughout the city - on sidewalks, in parks, community gardens and other impromptu stages and dance floors.

The first Make Music New York took place last June 21 and is planned to take place on June 21 each year into the future. The one- day event is based on France's Fete de la Musique, now in its 25th year, which has gone international. Celebrations take place on the same day in 300 cities in more than 100 countries.

In Rockaway, a community alive with musicians, Rockaway Artists Alliance will present three stages at concession stands along the boardwalk on Shore Front Parkway.

At Beach 106 Street, hip-hop and R&B will reign all day. Bands and musicians performing include lead musician Zeps, We Be Foolish, Beekey, Poo Face and Rutherford, Miz Metro, The Freak Show, Point Dot Period and The New York Rhythm Exchange. Rat Tap Bumpkin, Gray Riders, Vic Mandolin, John Simonelli, TK Kearney and M are on tap for Beach 96 Street.

At Beach 86 Street the sounds of Pourhouse, The Sticker Dude, Matty Lions and Friends, and Squid will rise into the air.

Everyone is invited to sing along and dance along. Spontaneity is encouraged.

Also encouraged - musicians jamming impromptu with each other.

All over the city, concerts are being organized by community groups, art centers, music venues, churches and more.

All concerts are ultimately coordinated and permitted (if necessary) by the Make Music New York organization. For more information visit: www.make musicny.org.

On June 21, RAA will have a float in the Mermaid Parade at Surf Avenue in Coney Island. From 1-5 p.m., musicians will perform on the float. In honor of the Summer Solstice, RAA is planning to have the day's musicians reunite to perform starting at 8 p.m. at the Moonstage in Fort Tilden.

After June 21, the Thursday night open mic at the Moonstage will be replaced by the now annual Summer Moons music events.

Any bands interested in being scheduled on a summer Thursday evening, contact the RAA office.

Want Surf, Skate and Live Music? Saturday, June 14, Boarders and St. James present the second annual Rockstock with Barrels event on Beach 90 Street and the boardwalk. The ESA Surf Contest starts at 8 a.m. The Skate Park jam starts at 12 noon and continues through the afternoon. At the time of this writing, the band line-up was not finalized. There will be an after party at the Tap and Grill on Beach 98 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

For the second weekend in a row, the Rockaway Artists Alliance galleries will be a-buzz with activity and entertainment. Sunday, June 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. marks the event reception for two exhibitions. "Good and Plenty" in sTudio 7 Gallery revisits some favorite artworks of RAA artists.

"Russian Folk Art: Rag-baby Festival" presents, for the first time in this country, an exhibit of traditional, hand-made Russian folk art that includes precise copies of ethnographical dolls from the collection of the Russian Ethnographical Museum, authors' costume dolls and photographs of life in 19th century Russian villages.

All visitors will receive a guide to the production of traditional ritual dolls of the different regions of Russia.

As always, the reception will feature live entertainment and delicious taste treats.

See the gray box for gallery hours. Both exhibits are on view through June 22.

Don't forget: RAA Fundraising Auction in sTudio 7 Gallery on June 22, 1-4 p.m.

The wall of auction work will be on view now through June 22.

Bidding for the work can be done through that date. Bring home a work of art and help support RAA at the same time.

Always been fascinated by watercolor, but were afraid to jump in and get your feet wet?

Don't be!

Ellen Hoyt, founding member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society, is offering a class in that medium on Fridays, June 20 and June 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA.

Beginners and advanced students are welcome. Hoyt will offer instruction in drawing, composition, design, color, technique and will provide no small amount of inspiration.

Fee: $35 per class.

Bring your own supplies or pay an extra $5 to have supplies provided.

To sign up and/or for details, please call Ellen Hoyt at 718-338-7281.

Try it.

You'll like it!

CU@RoCA and around town. RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718- 474-0861; Fax: 718-1474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEW EXHIBITIONS: "Good and Plenty," the best work by RAA artists, revisited. On view through Sunday, June 22. Location: sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden, GNRA. "Russian Folk Art." On view through June 22. sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA. For details see column. For both exhibits: Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. Event reception: Sunday, June 15, 1-3 p.m. FUNDRAISING ART AUCTION: June 22, 1-4 p.m., sTudio 7 Gallery. 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 pre-registration 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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