2009-06-19 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Calls For Freedom, For Music, For Art And For Fish
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

"Spider Web," a digital color photograph by Alysa O'Shea. One of the artworks now on view in "Geometric" in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. "Spider Web," a digital color photograph by Alysa O'Shea. One of the artworks now on view in "Geometric" in sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. RAA Call to Artists:

ARTSPLASH 2009

The Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) invites all artists to call up their wide artistic vision, talent and imagination to shape ARTSPLASH 2009, a multimedia arts event. ARTSPLASH, a vibrant juried exhibition of original works, is a major showcase for the visual and performing arts which will be exhibited in the sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 galleries, the outdoor sculpture garden and on the indoor and outdoor stages at Fort Tilden. It is open to all media. ARTSPLASH 2009 is presented in partnership with the National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area.

Deadline: August 10, 2009. For entry forms and prospectus please go to: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org; or contact RAA: 718-474-0861

Sunday, June 21: Make Music NY: A full day of FREE, wall to wall, top to bottom live music in Riis Park and Fort Tilden. Hosted by RAA at three stages in Rockaway. From 11 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m., 25 bands performing at Riis Park Bay 9, the RAA Moonstage and sTudio 7 in the Fort. Rockaway's piece of the June 21 global celebration of music and the Summer Solstice that began 12 years ago in France and worked its way around the world.

Make Music NY (MMNY) is the organizer of the concerts taking place in the five boroughs of the city, at 850 locations. Genres run from hip hop to opera. Half the musicians performing in Riis Park and Fort Tilden are from Rockaway, half are not. The latter half connected to RAA through MMNY. Visit www.rockawayartistsalliance.org for a full schedule of the day's performances and for a taste of the wide array of musicians playing across the city. Bring your beach chairs and blankets, coolers and co-stars for a day in the park.

Tommy Burke, RAA's Music Man, gives special thanks to Tony Curcio for lending three drum sets to the bands so they wouldn't have to schlep their own.

Saturday, June 20 RAA is riding its float in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Any intergalactic sea creatures, mermaids and pirates interested in participating can show up at sTudio 7 at 9 a.m. SHARP on June 20. If you wish further information, call the RAA office at 718-474-0861. So float in Coney, get a good night's sleep and come dance to the beat at the beach on Sunday.

Alex Storozynski, a longtime RAA friend and member, has written a book titled, "The Peasant Prince, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution." Kosciuszko is considered one of the most important figures of the modern world. A book signing is being held on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 82 Street and Broadway. Telephone: 212-362-8838.

A Polish-Lithuanian who was born in the middle of the 18th century, Kosciuszko fled his native Poland after being sentenced to death for his social principles. He came to America, specifically to the home of Benjamin Franklin, shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and proceeded to be one of the key instruments in America's struggle for freedom. He then returned home to fight for the freedom of his country and was a leader in its constitutional movement. Kosciuszko was a lifelong advocate for the rights of slaves, serfs, women, Native Americans and Jews.

The book has been very well received. According to the reviews, it is thoroughly researched; delineates a fully dimensional, fascinating human being and his ideals; and provides great insight into the world-changing era of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Its figures, in Europe and in America, come alive in thought-provoking detail.

Storozynski is the president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was an editorial board member at the Daily News, the founding editor of amNew York, and a former city editor and contributing editor to the New York Sun.

RAA Contact Information:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; Email: rockart 116@aol.com; website: www. rockawayartistsalliance. org.
Fort Tilden Highlights
EXHIBITIONS: "Geometric," 6/06-6/28;
"A Dash of Whimsy: The Art of Carol
Rickey," 6/06-6/21. Gallery hours: Sat.
12-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.
sTudio 7 & 6, RoCA, Fort Tilden.
Free admission.
MAKE MUSIC NY, FREE: Sun., June
21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bands and musicians
in Riis Park and Fort Tilden See column
for details.
WATERCOLOR CLASSES: sTudio 7,
RoCA, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 24 or 25.
Choose one. Fee: $35/session + $5 if
you need supplies. To register call
instructor Ellen Hoyt: 718-338-7281.
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. Signup
at 7:45 p.m. for 8 p.m. start time.

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