2010-01-08 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Rockaway Artists Alliance In With The New
by Susan Hartenstein
Fort Tilden Highlights: NEXT GENERAL MEETING: Mon., Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden.

“Visions of the Marine Parkway Bridge,” digital photograph by Dina Kaliko. One of the artworks in “Spanning Connections,” beginning January 16 at sTudio 6 , RoCA, Fort Tilden. “Visions of the Marine Parkway Bridge,” digital photograph by Dina Kaliko. One of the artworks in “Spanning Connections,” beginning January 16 at sTudio 6 , RoCA, Fort Tilden. NEXT RAA EXHIBIT: “Spanning Connections” – Reaching, spanning, connecting. Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 14, in sTudio 6. Reception: Sun., Jan. 17, 1-3 p.m. Free admission to exhibit, reception and any special events connected with the exhibit. Gallery hrs.: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sun., Jan. 17, sTudio 6, 4 p.m. 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: 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.

The next RAA general meeting is Monday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. Help welcome in the new faces on the board of directors, provide your input and suggestions to them and those remaining on the board. In the December election, voted in for the first time were Tony Curcio, Ross Radusky and Sophia Skeans. Reelected was Renee Radenberg. RAA looks forward to a renewed energy and refreshing ideas to bring the organization into the second decade of the 21st Century.

All are welcome to the general meeting to listen to RAA news, general art news, network with other artists (of all disciplines – visual, literary, performing), learn of opportunities within and outside the organization and to display your art while receiving encouraging and supportive feedback (if you wish it.)

Dues Due: Would you like to renew your RAA membership or join this vibrant organization for the first time? Nothing could be easier. Download an application from the RAA website or contact the RAA office (see Contact Info.). Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Unsure if you joined for 2010? Another piece of cake. Contact the office. As a member you will receive updates through the RAA enewsletter; you may enter RAA exhibits at a reduced entry fee and you are eligible to participate in member exhibitions.

Maureen McNelis, who has published the novel “In the Houses of Men” under the pseudonym Marlene Cunningham, is having a book signing at the Last Stop Gourmet Café on Beach 116 Street, near the subway station. The event takes place Wednesday, January 13, 4 – 5 p.m. McNelis is a very active member of the RAA Writers Group, we are proud to say.

The next meeting of the group is Sunday, January 17 in sTudio 6 at 4 p.m., conveniently soon after the opening reception for “Spanning Connections,” which is 1-3 p.m. and which will feature live entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to speak with many of the participating artists. RAA columnist Susan Hartenstein is exhibiting two paintings in a group show at the prestigious Salmagundi Club. The show is on view through Fri day, January 22 in the Lower Gallery. The Salmagundi is at 47 Fifth Avenue between West 11 and West 12 Streets. For information: 212-255-7740 or www.salmagundi.org.

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

kidsmART corner kidsmART has re-opened after the holidays at PS 104 and at Building T-149 in Fort Tilden on the regular schedules.

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