From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance
RAA's camp kidsmART will mark the end of its season with "The Greatest Art Show on Earth," on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. The 'extravaganza' will star the campers and staff. Each year, the camp's culminating production showcases the talents of the participants, and the warmth, ethical and social principles and professionalism by which this summer program is run. It is an inspiring, fun production, not to be missed, even if you have no personal connection to kidsmART. Although, let's face it. In a world of shrinking budgets for programs that will help our children express their energies in creative, healthy ways; in a world in which our children are dying on our streets, we are all personally connected. More information about "The Greatest Show" next week.
Calls to Artists Reminder:
ARTSPLASH 2008: RAA's fall multimedia arts festival. Location: the galleries, sculpture garden, indoor and outdoor stages of the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA). Deadline for receipt of entries: Friday, August 15, 2008. Dates: September 13-October 12, 2008. Opening reception: Sunday, September 14, 1-3 p.m.
"A Funny Thing…": Artwork of humor; dark, light and medium. May include works of optical illusion, satire and visual or written humor. All mediums welcome. Deadline for receipt of entries: September 15, 2008.
Full prospectuses and entry forms for all RAA exhibitions are available at: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.
Next RAA general meeting: Monday, August 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Members and non-members welcome. Bring your artwork or just enjoy looking at that of others. "Schmooze," network with professionals and art lovers of all stripes, learn from the experience of others, have a great night out.
FREE: Next "Summer Moons" performance on the MoonStage: Lou and the Grayriders. Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008. Place: The outdoor Moon- Stage between sTudio 6 and sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. If rain, the performance moves indoors to sTudio 7 Gallery's stage. Time: 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
Wave Hill - Nature and art merge: Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center located at West 249 Street and Independence Avenue in the Bronx. It offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.
Wave Hill's mission is to "celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts." This beautiful place features a variety of planted and natural environments, gallery tours, garden walks and art workshops for the entire family. On August 1 it begins the workshop, "Collage Series, Natural Forms."
On view through September 1 is "In Response: Summer Projects," an indoor and outdoor exhibition. Six artists have created installations that contrast the wildness of nature with the human impulse to intervene.
To find out more about Wave Hill visit: www.wavehill.org or call 718- 549-3200.
Congratulations to RAA's Dan and Liz Guarino for the success of the book-signing event for their book Images of America: Broad Channel, held at Grassy's on Crossbay Boulevard.
The Sunday event, which was arranged and sponsored by the Broad Channel Historical Society (BCHS), attracted large numbers of people, including State Senator Shirley Hunt and her husband, and Republican District Leader Eric Ulrich. Book sales continued at a healthy clip. Dan Guarino tells me, "We were happy to greet many neighbors and friends and equally as many people who came from all parts of Queens due to their interest in the book. Many people shared their stories of relatives and friends who appear in the book's historic photos. Wow! Talk about a personal history." Guarino adds that BCHS president, Barbara Toborg, and her husband Fred, did a great job organizing the event, "even down to planning the champagne and cookies and beer and pretzels."
He further writes, "All and all it was a great, great Sunday afternoon and we are both exceptionally thankful to everyone who came to celebrate the book and make the event such a success. They too made Broad Channel history."
Images of America: Broad Channel is published by Arcadia Publishing and is part of their series, Images of America. The book itself is available through the Historical Society, at Wharton's Apothecary in the Channel and at barnesandnoble. com, amazon.com, target.com and other outlets. Watch this column for the date and time of the next book-signing event, to take place in Rockaway.
Fort Tilden HighlightsFREE: SUMMER MOONS: Scheduled bands every Thursday under the stars in the summer on Moon- Stage & sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. 8/07, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m.: Lou and the Grayriders 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. ARTSPLASH submission deadline: August 15, 2008.