2009-05-15 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Final Weekend For 'Colorful Wine'; Writers Meeting Coming
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Title: "Weatherly and Easterner" Artist: Robert Bainbridge. Medium: Watercolor. On view at RAA galleries in RoCA, Fort Tilden through Sunday, May 17. Title: "Weatherly and Easterner" Artist: Robert Bainbridge. Medium: Watercolor. On view at RAA galleries in RoCA, Fort Tilden through Sunday, May 17. "A Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork" and "Wine and Dine," the two excellent exhibits in the RAA galleries, continue on view only through Sunday, May 17. Don't miss them. See gray box for details.

The next RAA Writers Group meeting is Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery. See the exhibits and stay for the writers meeting. If you plan to come and wish to read from your own work, please let the group's chair, Dan Guarino, know so he may organize the meeting accordingly. He may be reached at: TWCgxwgj@aol. com.

Plans to organize spoken word events at the next ARTSPLASH multimedia arts festival in the fall of 2009 will be discussed. Perhaps these may even include performance(s) of a play written by writers group members, as occurred at a previous meeting.

Special exhibition at RAA:

"Learning from Nature: A Student Exhibition." Location: RAA's sTudio 7 On view: May 31- June 15. Opening reception: Sunday, May 31 from 1-3 p.m., featuring live music.

Nature has been and continues to be a captivating subject. For many artists, it is the power, beauty, elegance and frailty of nature that inspires creativity. During this past academic year, nature has been the focus and theme for the Visual Arts Enrichment class at Scholars' Academy. The work featured in the exhibit is by seventh and eighth graders from the Scholars' Academy.

LIC Artists Open Studios: Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 1 - 6 p.m.

Visit hundreds of LIC artists at 11 major studio buildings, all in easy walking distance of each other. Download a map of sites and participating artists from: www.LICArtists. org.

"The Color of Hope" is BWAC's 17th Annual Spring Art Show at the Pier. On display will be 1600 new works by more than 300 BWAC members expressing their interpretations of hope. The opening weekend festivities include a Meet the Artists reception on Saturday with music by The Loose Marbles, a traditional New Orleans street band, at 3 p.m. The celebration continues on Sunday with jazz guitarist Ron Jackson. RAA members, who include Renee Radenberg and Christian Le Gars, are participating in "The Color of Hope," which is on view from May 19 - June 14, weekends only, 1-6 p.m. at 499 Van Brunt Street. Brooklyn. For more information: 718- 596-2506/7 or visit: bwac.org.

Call to Artists:

MTA is still looking for artists for the Rockaway stations at Beach 60 Street, Beach 44 Street and Beach 36 Street. Visit: http://mta.info/mta/aft/about/- call.html.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalli ance. org.
Fort Tilden Highlights
EXHIBITIONS: "Wine and Dine" and "Color Mix of Quilts and Artwork," on view through
5-17-09, galleries at RoCA, Fort Tilden.
Gallery hours: Sat. 12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. sTudio 6 &7, RoCA,
Fort Tilden. 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.
THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. Sign-up at 7:45
p.m. for 8 p.m. start time.
NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., May 17 @ 4 p.m., sTudio 6.
UPCOMING EXHIBITS: "Geometric," 6/06-6/28; "A Dash of Whimsy," 6/06-6/21.
Reception: 6/07, 1-3 p.m.

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SAVE kidsmART! We're still fighting to keep our funding, so keep those letters coming. We're also pursuing new funding channels to hopefully replace what we're slated to lose. Of course, the fight to keep the money we're losing costs money. If you would like to make a donation to help defray the cost of our efforts to SAVE kidsmART, please send checks to RAA, 260 Beach 116 St., Rockaway Park, NY 11694. Put "SAVE kidsmART" on the memo line.

Calling all camp kidsmART families! If you haven't picked them up yet, your registration packets are waiting for you in our office. We're open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The second installment of the payment plan ($300 per child) is due Friday, May 15.

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