2009-02-06 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Honored By Graybeards; Stained Glass Workshop
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

'Highlands of Scotand' by Martha Killian, on view at RAA's sTudio 6 Gallery through Feb 15. 'Highlands of Scotand' by Martha Killian, on view at RAA's sTudio 6 Gallery through Feb 15. This Saturday evening, February 7, Rockaway Artists Alliance's (RAA) Education Director, Christine Mullally and Program Director, Marina Callaghan will receive the Graybeards' Special Recognition Award for their work at RAA's kidsmART program.

Being recognized by the Graybeards, an organization that does so much for our community, is truly an honor. As kidsmART has grown to serve over 700 Rockaway children yearly with arts education, academic assistance and recreation, it has never lost sight of its roots as a safe, nurturing space that welcomes all children.

This year the kidsmART summer camp and after-school programs celebrate their tenth anniversaries, and RAA offers their success as proof that great visions and mountains of hard work yield terrific results. This philosophy and the dedication of RAA's members have brought RoCA - the Rockaway Center for the Arts, located in Fort Tilden - to life.

In addition to offering exemplary children's programming, RAA also hosts nearly a dozen art exhibits annually; adult art classes; a Halloween extravaganza; music events; spoken word events; a monthly writers workshop; monthly membership meetings and more.

RAA's mission is to promote the arts through diversity, education and public service. In order to achieve this mission, RAA acquired funding enabling the organization to offer arts education and cultural

events to the public for free. As a community based organization RAA encourages all Rockaway residents to visit the galleries on the weekend, come hear music on a weeknight, and sign children up for the after-school program. Come up to the Fort and experience another one of the great reasons to live in Rockaway. Renowned stained glass master Patrick Clark is offering an "Introduction

to Stained Glass" workshop at his Sunlites Stained Glass Studio at 114-24 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park. Choose one of two workshops - either Saturday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m. to noon OR Sunday, February 8, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Sign up is by email only: Glaspadrik@aol.com. Registration closes as soon as 12 persons sign up. In the email "subject" heading write: "stained glass class." Include: 1) your name, 2) which class; Saturday or Sunday, 3) your phone number. Arrive at the shop 15 minutes before class starts; no admission after class starts. Fee is $20 per person (due in cash on day of class).

The workshop includes a basic introduction to and demonstration of all steps in making stained glass windows, from design, to glass use, cutting, soldering, grinding, building panels in both leaded and copper foil (Tiffany style), all tools used, and history of stained glass. You will be shown how to cut glass and will try glass cutting, yourself. More workshops and demonstrations for Spring 2009 will be announced soon.

You cannot feel passionate about the arts, the beauty of the written word and this town without feeling the loss of Beverly Baxter. I didn't come to know Beverly until a few years ago, when we both worked on the Rockaway Literary Festival. I liked and respected her for all the reasons that those who knew her better than I have written or spoken about. I regret I didn't know her for longer and more closely. And so, I hand this platform over to Marina Callaghan of RAA, who knew Beverly for 20 years:

"I admired her basic goodness and integrity. She was a rare individual, more concerned about getting a job done than in receiving personal credit, more interested in building someone up rather than trying to dismantle them. She was 'good' ... inherently, honestly and sincerely good. Rockaway lost their ambassador and for that I am truly and deeply sad."

Fort Tilden Highlights

myriad roads and journeys that led us here. On view in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden through Feb. 15, 2009. Gallery hours: Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. NEXT MEETING OF RAA WRITERS GROUP: Sunday, Feb. 15, 4

m., sTudio 6, RoCA. Bring some of your work. Feedback, should you want it, is helpful and supportive. Periodic guest speakers. PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. nights, 7-9 p.m.; Thurs. mornings, 10 a.m. -- 12 noon, sTudio 7 in RoCA, $15 per class, supplies included. FREE THURSDAY NIGHT MUSIC AND OPEN MIC: Open stage for performing artists of many genres, including bands, spoken word and even comics. sTudio 7 stage, RoCA.

kidsmART corner

The kidsmART after-school program is held on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Building T-149 in Fort Tilden.

For children registered at the PS 104 program, the schedule is Monday - Wednesday, 3 - 4:45 p.m. RAA is continually accepting inquiries for positions as junior counselors and teaching artists. Please send resumes to: chrisrockart116 M@aol.com.

For questions regarding after-school programming, please e-mail: marinarockart116@ aol.com

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