2008-10-31 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

RAA Helps N'Orleans … And Sweets, Tweets, Tricks Or Treats
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"I Want My Mummy" -  RAA's Halloween Event begins October 30 and runs until November 1. "I Want My Mummy" - RAA's Halloween Event begins October 30 and runs until November 1. Five RAA sculptors are involved in a major arts project to bring funds to the revitalization of New Orleans. "Sculpture for New Orleans" is a two-year sculpture exhibition which is placing monumental sculptures throughout the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The project is designed to bring national and international attention and support to the visual arts and to the artists of New Orleans. In order to boost tourism, New Orleans' number one "industry," twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the work of local and renowned artists from all over the world will be on display, outdoors in public places, free for the viewing. The long roster of sculptors includes Louise Bourgeois, John Clement, Mark di Suvero, Peter Lundberg and Michael Manjarris. More than $22 million of artwork will be on exhibit. The pieces are on loan from participating artists in the hope that they will be purchased and donated to the city's permanent collection.

This extraordinary project was the idea of Lundberg and Manjarris, who worked to obtain the necessary public and corporate funding, and who reached out to the roster of fellow sculptors. Lundberg, a longtime associate of RAA, reached out to Esther Grillo and the other RAA members who are also members of the group, "14 Sculptors." They include Dan Bergman, Allan Cyprys, Caroline Hallas and Herb Rosenberg. Their pieces will be placed on the grounds of Xavier University. Grillo, who informed me of this project, is proud to be traveling this weekend to New Orleans to oversee installation of her kinetic sculpture, "Giraffe II," and proud to be a participant. Grillo says, "Money has been raised in support of musicians, but not as much for visual arts. This is the greatest sculpture exhibition in the world."

For more information visit: www. sculptureforneworleans.org

Been Mummified? Free. Seen, felt, experienced "I Want My Mummy!!"? Why not? Get yourself over to the Fort of Tilden, building T-7 tonight and/or tomorrow night, 6-9 p.m. for the funfilled interactive frightfest of your life! Don't be the last kid on your block to enter the Tomb of Doom-m-m-m-m-m. And wear comfortable shoes.

Mini Fundraiser (and her husband, Mickey Fundraiser):

After our big Halloween Extravaganza ends on November 1, at 9:30 pm in sTudio 7, stay or come out dressed in your scariest, most horrifying, ghoulish, ironic costume or whatever you wish for an Autumn Fundraising Costume Party to raise funds for RAA, the folks who annually bring you the scariest, most horrifying … Halloween Extravaganza. $5 donation for costumed supporters and $10 for those foolish enough not to dress up. Spread the word. Come out for fun and support, bring friends.

Final weekend: "A Funny Thing …," RAA's exhibit of humor related art, continues on view through November 2 in sTudio 6 Gallery. Gallery hours: Saturday 12-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

RAA's Dan and Liz Guarino will be sharing vintage images and talking about their new book, Broad Channel, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, as part of the Herbert Johnson Lecture series, on Wednesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

Rockaway's award-winning filmmaker, Robert Sarnoff, is being honored at the Queens International Film Festival on Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel - La Guardia, 104-04 Ditmas Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY. The Tribute will include screenings of his three gritty Rockaway films and a preview of the full-length documentary, "The Romeows," on which he is now working. For info: 718- 457-6300; www.queensfilmfestival. com. Contact Robert Sarnoff: royalfur @yahoo.com

Sunday, November 9 at 11 a.m. meet "Birdman" Denis Macrae at the RAA galleries in Fort Tilden for a walk along the beach and then to Battery Harris. Word from the Bird is, "If winds are favorable you may see 100 hawks, eagles and owls." Come rain or shine.

After - Pot luck featuring Thaddeus Tubridy's famous barbeque, Christy's Specials and whatever one wants to bring. Music by Hudson's Hope with Dan Marston playing bird related music. Other musicians are planning to fly by.

RAA will be hosting a Bake Off on November 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the RAA galleries. We are looking for bakers to enter the contest in the categories: Pies, Cakes, Cookies and Holiday Breads.

Start off the holiday season right. With some sweet treats. There will be prizes to win and fun to be had. To enter the Bake Off, please call 718- 474-0861 for an entry form, or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Deadline to enter is Nov 19, 2008. If you're not into baking, please come with an empty stomach because we'll needs tasters to judge the people's choice award.

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

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