2010-09-10 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

ARTSPLASH And Mighty Navy Wings
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“Action at the Breezy Point Tip,” photograph by Bernie Feuer on display in ARTSPLASH.  “Action at the Breezy Point Tip,” photograph by Bernie Feuer on display in ARTSPLASH. ARTSPLASH 2010 is filling the walls, spaces and stage of RAA’s sTudio 7 Gallery, as well as the outdoor Moon Stage with paintings, sculpture, mobiles, photography, mixed media, prose, poetry, dance, music from some 40 artists – a mix of experienced, award-winning talents, emerging artists, artists with a new view and a new vision, familiar voices speaking a different language. Admission to exhibit, reception and special events is free.

ARTSPLASH runs from Saturday, September 11 to Sunday, October 10. The opening reception is Sunday, September 12, 12 – 4 p.m. Among the live performers complementing the visual arts is pianist Jackie Stellato and singer/songwriter/musician Dan Guarino. See the Fort Tilden Highlights box for gallery hours, etc. Planned is a live Monday night radio broadcast from station WFMU that will feature some of the best local and visiting musicians. Stay tuned to the column for the date.

Referred to as “the unofficial Riis Park historian,” Bernie Feuer is giving the second of his fascinating multimedia PowerPoint presentations of “The Floyd Bennett Field Story Trilogy.” “Mighty Navy Wings – The Story of Naval Aviation in Rockaway and Brooklyn” will be presented as part of ARTSPLASH in sTudio 7 on September 19 at 2 p.m. Those who saw the first in the series were amazed by the important part this area played in the history of aviation. “Mighty Navy Wings” continues this surprising story.

In this presentation you will learn about and view images of the Naval Air Station that existed in Rockaway during World War I and the 1920s, located where the Riis Park parking lot is today; learn about the German submarine activity that took place off the coast of Rockaway during World War II and how the planes from Floyd Bennett Field reacted to this menace; view images of the planes, the sailors and Waves who served at this Naval Air Station and learn how they significantly helped to win the war in the Pacific; view images and learn about the “Janes” who made the planes. (In the ’40s, women were referred to as “Janes,” as in “Jane Doe,” the female equivalent of the generic male, “John Doe.”) You will also be transported back in time by listening to the great music of the World War II era. Feuer tells me that three of the songs from that era were “Lady From Lockheed,” “Rosey the Riveter” and “We’re the Janes That Made the Planes.” The last is the only one of the three of which Feuer has no recording. So if you know of one, call RAA to get in touch with Feuer.

Feuer developed an interest in aviation at an early age. Born in 1939, he grew up with the planes of World War II. An uncle was a turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator. Fast forward. As a visitor service person running the parking lot at Riis Park, starting in 2001, visitors asked him questions about the park he couldn’t answer. That spurred Feuer’s desire to research Jacob Riis and the park named for him. He has given historical tours of Riis Park. Feuer developed a PowerPoint series on: the history of Riis Park; Rockaway from the 1830s to the 1930s, when, Feuer points out, it was the premier resort on the east coast; and the history of Fort Tilden. His research into local aviation took him first to the website of the National Park Service on Floyd Bennett Field, which led him to other websites; the History Center of Long Island’s Northrop Grumman factory (providing not only information, but also many of the images Feuer uses); the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida; the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Quite an extensive journey!


Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.
Fort Tilden Highlights
OPENING RECEPTION: “ARTSPLASH” is the annual multimedia showcase for visual
and performing artists, presented in sTudio 7 Gallery, the outdoor sculpture garden and on
the indoor and outdoor stages at the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden. On view
Sept. 11-Oct. 10. Reception: Sun., Sept. 12 in sTudio 7. Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-
4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission to exhibit, reception and special events.
INKSPLASH: Printmaking exhibition. Oct. 9-Nov. 7 in sTudio 6, RoCA.
MIGHTY NAVY WINGS: Sun., Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., sTudio 7. See column for details.
RAA WRITERS GROUP EVENT: Sun., Sept. 26 starting 1 or 1:30 p.m. in sTudio 7.
PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: “Painting With Geoff Rawling”: Tues. 7-9 p.m.,
Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 6. $20 per class, supplies included.
THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Performing artists of all disciplines invited. sTudio 7 stage.
Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Start time: 8 p.m.

kidsmART corner

camp kidsmART parents: If you have purchased a Slice of Summer 2010 DVD, they are now available at RAA’s office. Stop by anytime 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday – Thursday or Friday 9 a.m.- 1p.m.

If you did not pre-order and would like a Slice of Summer 2010, extras are available, $15 for one DVD.

Return to top

Email Us
Contact Us

Copyright 1999 - 2016 Wave Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved

Neighborhoods | History



Check Out News Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Riding the Wave with Mark Healey on BlogTalkRadio