2008-06-27 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance Calls To Artists, Supporters And Thinkers

Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Indaculture performing at last year's Summer Moons Event, Free Live Music every Thursday night at RAA. Indaculture performing at last year's Summer Moons Event, Free Live Music every Thursday night at RAA. Calls to Artists: Full prospectuses and entry forms for the following exhibitions: http://www.rockawayartistsalliance. org/ee_Calendar08.html#entry

Start those artistic juices flowing for: ARTSPLASH 2008:

Deadline for receipt of entries: August 15, 2008.

RAA's annual multimedia arts event. A vibrant juried exhibition of original works, it is a showcase for the visual and performing arts. ARTSPLASH puts to full use RAA's sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries, outdoor sculpture garden and indoor and outdoor stages. The event is open to all mediums. Exhibition dates: September 13-October 12, 2008. Opening reception: Sunday, September 14, 2008.

A Funny Thing…:

Deadline for receipt of entries: September 19, 2008. An exhibition devoted to the art of humor. Open to all mediums including photography, drawing, film and video, poetry and other literary works, sculpture, collage, painting, and any work that strikes the funny bone or touches on the subject of mirth, both light and dark. A Funny Thing… is a juried exhibition. Form may include but is not limited to optical illusion, satire, visual or written humor, cartooning, incongruous images and more.

Exhibition dates: October 18-November 2, 2008. Opening reception: Sunday, Ocxtober 19, 2008.

Last chance for watercolor!: Friday, June 27 - the second and final watercolor class taught by Ellen Hoyt. Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. Hoyt will cover drawing, composition, design, color, technique and offer inspiration. Beginners and advanced students are welcome. Fee: $35 for the class. Bring your own supplies. Materials can be supplied for a $5 extra charge.

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

Have an intriguing, creative idea for the 2009 exhibition calendar? RAA welcomes it. Email the office: rockart 116@aol.com.

Help Wanted:

Build support for the arts - literally... with hammers, nails and two by fours! The RAA needs donations of building supplies to continue renovations on sTudio 7 Gallery. Plywood, sheet rock, insulation, pipe and many other items can all be put to good use by our volunteer builders. If you know of any business, group or person willing to donate materials, please contact the Building Committee via the R AA office. Your help makes our galleries shine. Remember, they are your galleries, too.

See the end of the column for contact information.

Thinking about entering an RAA exhibition? One of the perks could be your own Gallery Sitter's Event (GSE). A GSE is a perfect opportunity to publicize your artwork, bring more visitors to the RAA galleries, and provide a service to the community. Would you like to present:

An artist's talk? A hands on demonstration? A workshop? A poetry or prose reading, music or other performance showcase? A mini-opening? It's up to you.

If you are an artist who would like more people to see your work, or if you are an interested observer with an idea, this is your chance to bring your imaginative spirit to gallery afternoons and develop programs that will be educational, informative, creative and/or entertaining, and draw in the public. We will leave the form and format up to you. RAA will be happy to publicize your Gallery Sitter's Event. (Advanced notice required.) Contact the RAA office with your information. Let's hear from you.

There's more to the show than the opening.

Dan Guarino, my trusty publicity cohort, has asked me to thank all those who entertained and tech-ed at the RAA reception for "Good and Plenty" and "Russian Folk Art," and on the RAA Moonstage during the Rockaway Literary and Film Festival. Dan is a poet/singer/songwriter/musician/autho r/bon vivant/sometime dancer/obvious time juggler who is an essential part of most entertainment RAA events. He coordinated the performers for the Lit Fest and was that event's RAA's liaison to RMAC. Space does not allow me to mention all their names. For now, it must suffice to say a general thank you to them all, and to end with Dan's own words:

"It was my pleasure to work with, perform on the same stage with, stage manage and in some cases introduce all the fine and talented people. All credit for the success of the Moonstage performances is to them." And in no small part, to you too, Dan.


Fort Tilden Highlights

FREE: SUMMER MOONS: Scheduled bands every Thursday in the summer. Start time: 8 p.m. On the Moonstage between sTudio 6 and sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. 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. THE MUSIC MAN: Rockaway Theatre Company. Post Theater July 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 8 p.m. July 6, 13, 20 @ 2 p.m.

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