2008-10-17 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

A Hidden Turnip And A 'Rapt' Mummy - Opening Reception And Halloween
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

Bats, cats, conspiratorial turnips. A world of Frankenstein and Tiny Dancers. An odd fish, dueling elephants and donkeys. A bow, or should I say bow-wow, to Van Gogh. A poet's Henny Youngman. And a beleaguered wife's wildest fantasy. (Trust me, you'll identify.) Such is just some of the stuff of "A Funny Thing …," RAA's exhibit celebrating humor as reported through and expressed by art. The opening reception for "Funny" is this coming Sunday, October 19, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts in Fort Tilden. As always, live entertainment will harmonize with the artwork, and refreshments will, well … refresh.

"The Liar's Club," Artist: Carol Rickey; Medium: Oil on canvas. On display in sTudio 6. Opening reception for "A Funny Thing …" is October 19, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6, RoCA, Fort Tilden. "The Liar's Club," Artist: Carol Rickey; Medium: Oil on canvas. On display in sTudio 6. Opening reception for "A Funny Thing …" is October 19, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6, RoCA, Fort Tilden. So, come up to Fort Tilden on Sunday for a lively afternoon. Meet some of the artists. Be sure to bring along your funny bone, prepared for tickling. "A Funny Thing …" is on view from Saturday, October 18 through Sunday, November 2. Gallery hours are Saturday 12-4 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m.; and by appointment. Admission is free.

YYY Art Studio has opened its doors for: Friday night drawing sessions from 8-11 p.m. with live model. $20 per session includes supplies. Call to register: 718-318-0491 or email: yuri@yyyurov.com.

The studio is located at 241 Beach 116 Street, 2nd floor — between Rockapulco Car Service (formerly Shore Car) and Fast Break. Close to MTA Shuttle train, Q22 bus and Q 35 bus.

Pyramidic enclaves of doom. Entombed mummies. Medium Rayah, RAA's fortune telling Queen and much abused securities advisor (she kept warning us about those Wall Street bi-Polar Bears, but did anyone listen?), has been shivering down to the tips of her Gypsy toes. If you remember from your history lessons, little ones, Gyp-sy finds its roots in E-gyp-t; as does Madam Rayah. Thus, our beloved sage of tsoris has of late been channeling vibrations from her ancient ancestors of Anubis, the old-timey deity of the underworld. Further thus, they have been warning her of the corruptions that are to take place on and around the night of Halloween, threatening the well being, nay, the very existence of the gentle citizens of Rockaway.

Unfortunately, Madam cannot quite hone in on the exact nature of the danger. Or the exact location, though she, in her infinite intuitive wisdom, feels absolutely certain that it may be, perhaps, that is possibly, the annual locus of Halloween horrors - the Fort of Tilden; specifically sTudio 7 in RoCA. Each time she promenades in the area, the faint scent of year-old bleu cheese and 100-year-old archeologist "hocks" her in the nose.

Last night she was awakened from a deep yet disturbed sleep by the cries of, "I Want My Mummy." In capital letters, just like that. She also dreamt that RAA is looking for volunteers (henchmen [henchpersons], if you ask me) to help build a maze, construct costumes, be actors, actresses and tour guides. They meet every Friday night at 8 p.m. in sTudio 7. What horrific fun, huh?

Nu, what does that sound like to you, if not a call to foster the heinous happenings of October 30, 31 and November 1 in the Fort of Tilden?

Oh children, stay tuned to this post for the details that will save your lives. Don't let your fate fall to the depths of Dow Jones … or even Star Jones. Take heart! Madam Rayah will save you, as always.

May the force be … somewhere.

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

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