2009-12-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Last Chance To See 'Glass And Water'
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

Closing reception for "Glass and Water" is Saturday, December 5, 7-11 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Admission is free to the reception and the exhibit. Among the performers featured will be Soulshine and Reda Shay.

"Holiday Spirit," oil painting by Susan de Castro; one of the artworks now on display in "Gifted" in sTudio 6, RoCA, Fort Tilden. "Holiday Spirit," oil painting by Susan de Castro; one of the artworks now on display in "Gifted" in sTudio 6, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Guests at last Saturday's "An Eve - ning Affair" enjoyed the soirée, which showcased music from performers that included jazz band "Switch." A few were heard to comment how particularly beautiful the artwork (especially Renée Radenberg's glass sculp tures and mobiles) looked in the evening light.

So, just as you would travel to Man - hattan to see the "jewel" that is the city lit up at night, come see Raden berg's shining glasswork and the watercolors and prints of Christian Le Gars (luminous even during the day) sparkle in the crisp December moonlight of Fort Tilden. "Glass and Water" features a Fundraising Tree (for RAA) and auction of work in the exhibit.

"Gifted," RAA's member exhibition, runs through December 13. Among the fine artworks in this exhibit is "Holi - day Spirit," an oil painting by Susan de Castro - bright, lively, dynamic.

Writers and music lovers:

Sunday, December 13, at 1:30 p.m. in sTudio 6, Dan Guarino will host "An Afternoon of Music and Words." Pre - sumably, many of those items will be Mr. Guarino's. Then, the talented Mr. Ripley … uh, I mean Guarino … will host the next meeting of the RAA Writers Group at 4 p.m. in the very same sTudio 6.

What versatility! Same chair, same building, different hat, no music … no kidding. The Writer's Group has be - come a great opportunity to hear the words of talented fellow scribes (new folks keep showing up each month) in a variety of genres and styles (playwrights, poets, short story writers, journalists). Hear ing the words and feel ing the energies of others who share your passion is inspiring and thought-provoking.

It helps prod those unwritten works out of even the rustiest brain. What en couragement! And that, too, from others who have sometimes lived on the same writer's block. So, please feel welcome to come read your own work, hear how it sounds out loud, get feedback, get ideas. Even if you don't write, but enjoy listening to the words of others … or if you've considered just getting your toes wet in Lake Ode. All are welcome.

The group is planning another event in the spring, similar to the very well received October event, at which works by members of the group will be read and performed for the public.

Member Maureen McNellis' book, "In the House of Men," was recently published, under the nom de plume Marlene Cunningham, by author house. com and is also available at amazon.com. Two plays by McNellis were recently produced in Manhattan. One of them was performed as a reading at the October Writers Group event.

RAA's holiday party and elections for the board of directors are Monday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m., in sTudio 7 Gallery. You must be a paid member to vote.

For details contact RAA. Music and refreshments will be part of the eve - ning. As will the ever-popular, infinitely infamous Grab Bag. Just moved and schlepped that revolting birthday gift from Aunt Martha she gave you when you were twelve and felt guilty about tossing before you departed the old digs because Martha was Mom's favorite aunt? Weeeeeeell, now's your chance, Bunky. Box it, wrap it, ribbon it, bring it to the party and kiss it goodbye! Give some other schnook the op - portunity to breathe new life into the little clunker. Some one who will love and cherish it for years to come. You could also bring something nice for which you no long er have use or which you wish to pass on for another's enjoyment. Real ly. But remember, you have to give to receive. If you want to choose a gift at the tab le, you must bring one.

RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718- 474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rock awayartistsalliance.org.

kidsmART corner

kidsmART is free to children ages 6-11. The program runs through May 6, 2010.

Sessions: Tues. and Thurs., 3:30- 6:30 p.m. Locations: Building T-149, Fort Tilden; PS104Q, Bayswater

Fort Tilden Highlights

CLOSING RECEPTION FOR "GLASS AND WATER": Sat., Dec. 5, 7-11 p.m., sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Admission free to exhibits and special events. Exhibit dates: through Dec. 6, sTudio 7. New gallery hours: Sats. and Suns.: 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.

"GIFTED": RAA member exhibit. On view through Dec. 13, sTudio 6, RoCA.

"AN AFTERNOON OF MUSIC AND WORDS": Sun., Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in sTudio 6, RoCA. Hos ed by Dan Guarino.

HOLIDAY PARTY/ELECTIONS: Mon., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., sTudio 7. See column for details.

THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. Sign up at 7:45 for 8 p.m. start time. Join us. Free admission.

ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: Fall classes include painting, digital photography, singing, acting, cartooning. Call RAA office for details.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. 7-9 pm., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7. $15 per class, supplies included.

FIRST ANNUAL RAA RAFFLE: Drawing Dec 14 @ holiday party. $1 per ticket - available @ RAA office or during gallery hrs. 1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $50; 3rd prize: $25.

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