2008-10-03 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

New Drawing Workshop, Old Halloween
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Miss the boat for kidsmART? Fear not! If you missed registration for RAA's kidsmART after-school program in Fort Tilden there's still time! This year kidsmART will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 7. Sculpture, painting, dance, homework help, organized sports and games, arts and crafts, science and more will be offered. kidsmART is funded by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and is FREE to all children ages 6 - 13.

Please visit our website at: www. rockawayartistsalliance.org to download all of the necessary forms, which can be dropped off at the RAA office Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Deadline for receipt of submissions for "Gifted," RAA's member holiday show: October 15, 2008. Go to www.rockawayart istsalliance.org for entry form and full prospectus.

Next RAA general meeting is Monday, October 13, starting at 7:30 p.m., in studio 7 Gallery, RoCA. Featured is a Halloween slide show composed of photographs taken by Jonas Mlenak of last year's wildly successful RAA interactive Halloween production starring the grand and ghoulish Prison Ship.

"Spring in the Botanic Garden," by Lumila Vaynberg, watercolor. "Spring in the Botanic Garden," by Lumila Vaynberg, watercolor. All are invited to RAA general meetings, to show your own artwork and/or admire and learn from that of others.

Friday Night Drawing Sessions: Live model featured. Location: YYY Art Studio at 241 Beach 116 Street, 2nd Floor, between Rockapulco Car Service and Fast Break. Cost: $20 per session covers supplies, or bring your own.

Photographers are welcome; all skill levels are welcome. Call to register: 718-318-0491 or email: Yuri@ yyyurov. com.

ARTSPLASH Highlights: Gallery Sitter's Event: Sunday, October, 5; 1-4 p.m. in studio 6 Gallery, RoCA Shirl Holt will host an afternoon of poetry and prose.

Upcoming Special Event: Sunday, October 12 at 2 p.m. at RAA's Galleries. All Girls Drumming Group - students of RAA's Khadyjah Alleyne will perform.

Ludmilla Vaynberg is as facile in watercolor as she is in oil. With "Spring in the Botanic Gardens" and "Fall in NJ," the versatile artist fulfills the kind of freshness, brightness, breath and air that is unique to transparent watercolor.

Two quilts by Veronica Doherty, "Elaine and Ross Got Hitched" and "Flower Power," are colorful, lively pieces of art created of fabric, beads, yarn, beautiful stitching and more.

Schvitzing over her crystal balls in a feverish attempt to predict the truth and consequences of the bicameral billion bailout, Medium Rayah is also receiving other intermittent images, which are invading her fiscal flow. Along with the ghosts of WaMu and Wachovia, RAA's trusted soothsayer and CPA has had disturbing disparate flashes that include the face of her departed English mummy and visions of a new lunch treat, from a local deli, called "The Egyptian Wrap," filled with falafel and chicken - just the bones. Oh, what could this portend? Could it have anything to do with the Madam's favorite yet most dreaded holiday, All Hallows Eve? Could there be a connection to RAA's three-night Halloween hijinks? Stay tuned.

Perhaps related and perhaps not, RAA is looking for Halloween volunteers. We need actors, actresses, costume makers, set designers and more. Meetings are in sTudio 7 in Fort Tilden every Friday until Halloween. Call 718-474-0861.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

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