2009-01-09 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Special Guest At Writers Group; 'Heritage' Opening Coming
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance Rockaway Artists Alliance Nita Taub, Deputy Publisher and Editorial Director for the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, is the guest speaker at the Sunday, January 18 meeting of the RAA Writers Group. She will speak to the group informally, followed by a question and answer period. All are welcome to attend, and to bring at least two or three questions they may have about publishing, the art and business of writing, and so forth.

Taub has worked for Bantam Dell Publishing for 21 years. As Deputy Publisher and Editorial Director, she writes that she "is responsible for managing all aspects of the adult hardcover, trade and mass market publishing program from acquisition and scheduling, to packaging and production, and helping the publisher to set and implement sales goals." Taub oversees Art, Production, Managing Editorial, Copy Department and the Editorial Department. Among the best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors Bantam Dell publishes are Lee Child, Daniel Goleman, John Grisham, Stephen Hawking, Dean Koontz and Danielle Steel.

Taub had an extensive variety of positions in publishing before going to Bantam Dell. She worked at Macmillan, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and at W.H. Smith as Advertising, Promotion and Publishing Director. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Binghamton, SUNY New York. To round out her knowledge in her chosen field, Taub has taken many classes in the technical aspects of publishing.

Writers Group meetings begin at 4 p.m., the third Sunday of every month, and are held in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. Come to sTudio 6 from 1-3 p.m. on January 18 for the opening reception of "Heritage," RAA's next exhibition, and stay for the writers' meeting.

On Sundays during the month of January, at 5 p.m., QPTV, Channel 35, will be broadcasting an interview with filmmaker Robert Sarnoff, three of whose movies are about Rockaway, and were shot on the peninsula. The Queens Museum is featuring "The Irish Ropes," his second film (which is about the struggles of young boxers at a gym in Rockaway), in their Biennial. In addition to playing it on a 'loop' at the opening on January 24, there will be a screening in the theater on February 7 at 3 p.m. with a Q &Ato follow.

CU@RoCA.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA EXHIBITION: "Heritage," will explore from where we all came and the myriad roads and journeys that led us here. On view in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden from Jan. 17 through Feb. 15, 2009. Opening reception: Sun., Jan. 18, 1-3 p.m. Gallery hours: Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. NEXT MEETING OF RAA WRITERS GROUP: Sunday, Jan. 18, 4 p.m., sTudio 6, RoCA. Bring some of your work. Bring your ideas for the directions this new group should take. 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. FREE THURS. NIGHT MUSIC: Open mic and open stage for performing artists, including spoken word, and scheduled bands every Thurs. night, sTudio 7 stage, RoCA, Fort Tilden.

kidsmART corner

Start the new year on a creative foot for your child. RAA offers painting and photography classes for children ages 10-12. The classes will be held in T-149 (the kidsmART building) in Fort Tilden, Mondays, 4:30 - 6 p.m. for eight weeks, from January 26, 2009 through March 23, 2009 (closed February 16, 2009 for Presidents Day). E-mail chrisrockart116 @ aol.com or call the RAA office to register and for information about reasonable tuition rates, the Teaching Artists and more. RAA is continually accepting inquiries for positions as Junior Counselors and Teaching Artists. Please send resumes to: chrisrockart116@aol.com. For questions regarding after-school programming, please e-mail: marinarockart116@aol.com. KidsmART has resumed its regularly scheduled programming: T- 149, Fort Tilden, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. PS 104, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:45 p.m.

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