2009-02-27 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

T's For 2; Words For More
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Photo at left, Title: "John," Artist: Maria Said Medium: Water mixable oils. On view in sTudio 6 Gallery 3/8/09 - 3/29/09. Photo at left, Title: "John," Artist: Maria Said Medium: Water mixable oils. On view in sTudio 6 Gallery 3/8/09 - 3/29/09. "bungaloe" [sic] is a burgeoning fashion and home decor line inspired by Rockaway. However, according to the artist behind the line, Stephanie Bellomo, the typical scenes of Rockaway are not the subjects. The architecture, rust, graffiti, places and things from Rockaway's past are center stage.

Bellomo shares the sights she finds intriguing about her hometown. Armed with a camera and self taught skills in screen printing, she photographs the sometimes overlooked beauty of Rockaway and screenprints it on tee shirts, paper and home items.

The artist is proud to state that bungaloe is completely handmade, from the photos and the screens, to the printing, graphic design and sometimes sewing. Occasionally she gets help in this enterprise, still in its infancy, from her boyfriend who makes five-foot-long skateboards in the same "factory," which is called Homegrown Heavyz Skateboards.

bungaloe [sic] is about appreciating the little things and seeing beauty in unexpected places, says Bellomo. You can find bungaloe on the internet: www.bungaloe.etsy.com, in Boarders Surf Shop on Beach 92 Street between Holland Avenue and Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway Beach and coming soon to other Rockaway shops.

RAA's next exhibit is "Geoff's Painting Class Show." Like the instructor himself, RAA President Geoff Rawling, there is no pretentious title here. What you see is what it is. The show runs from March 7-March 29. The opening reception is Sunday, March 8, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6, RoCA. Admission is free. On display will be work, in diverse styles, created in Rawling's two classes in Fort Tilden. Artists of all ages and levels of experience (from professional to beginner) are welcome to express themselves fully, freely under the experienced tutelage of Rawling. His teaching style brings out the best and most inventive, encouraging all to modes of creativity of which they never thought themselves capable.

It's a doubleheader. The next meeting of the RAA Writers Group will be on Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m. in sTudio 6. Discussion at the last meeting once more turned to the myriad possibilities being offered the writer at RAA. Thursday Open Mike Nights in sTudio 7 are always open to and welcoming of poetry, prose readings, short plays, comedy, performance and more. RAA's No Shame Theatre, which performs improvised and more structured pieces, is a ready vehicle for collaboration. Intriguing ideas were freely discussed. These structures for invention will likely appear in future RAA special events.

The group is already spawning new works, some by members now collaborating with each other. Two of the members who read their work, were given feedback from others that sparked possibilities for developing and expanding themes and characters in the original. Three women performed a very funny play written by one of them, filled with unexpected plot twists and done with no rehearsal or previous collaboration.

In the words of the group's leader, Dan Guarino, "To me it was great to have such a great back and forth within the group, constructive criticism and feedback, and of course such a wide variety of genres and works presented. To me that's what this group is all about."

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: "Geoff's Art Class Exhibit," the best and the brightest. On view in sTudio 6 Gallery, RoCA @ Fort Tilden from March 7 through March 29. Opening reception: Sunday, March 8. Gallery hours: Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.

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 comics, and scheduled bands every Thurs. night, sTudio 7 stage, RoCA, Fort Tilden.

NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., March 8, 4 p.m., sTudio 6, RoCA. See column for details.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 11 for "Color Mix of Quilt and Artwork" and "Wine and Dine." Visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org for entry forms and prospecteses.

kidsmART corner

Registration forms for camp kidsmART have not been mailed yet.

Our earlier deadline of mid-February fell right at the beginning of the winter break, which might ca use some families to miss registration due to vacations.

We will have the registration forms in the mail by the first week of March. 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: chrisrockart 116@ aol.com. For questions regarding after-school programming, please email: marinarockart 116@aol.com.

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