2010-10-08 / Community

RAA Writers Group Hosts Performance

Tarik Najeddine and Tommy Burke perform “The Map Maker” at RAA’s Writers Group event. Tarik Najeddine and Tommy Burke perform “The Map Maker” at RAA’s Writers Group event. An attentive and enthusiastic audience was welcomed into the T-7 gallery at Fort Tilden last Sunday for an afternoon of original short plays, poetry, prose reading and music presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance Writers Group. The event, part of ARTSplash 2010, RAA’s newest exhibition, featured works that were all written, produced and performed by members of the group.

Moving from humor to reminiscence, from political to personal to playful and from past to future, the group’s writers touched a number of emotional chords with the sizeable gathering and were in turn rewarded with applause many times throughout the program. Many stayed afterwards to ask about the Writers Group and the RAA and also personally bestow their congratulations.

The event included the narratives “No Countries – A Modern Day Fairy Tale,” written by Mary Najeddine and read by Geoff Rawling; “Rekindle,” written and read by Maggie Hill; and “Motherhood Memories,” written and read by Sandra Proto. Also included were short stories and poems by Martha Killian, read by the author. The short plays “Johnny Didn’t Make It” by Maureen McNelis, “The Map Maker” by Liz Guarino and “The Moat” by Pamela Popeson, were performed on stage by actors Liz Moses, Bonnie Daly, Tarik Najeddine, Bob Bainbridge, Tommy Burke, Geoff Rawling and Dan Guarino.

Poets Ed Broderick and Arthur Skowron read selections of their work. Dan Guarino read two of his short stories and also read and sang a pair of his poems, including “Talk Talk,” which is featured in ARTSplash and which received the first of its kind Best in Poetry award from the exhibition’s judge.

Music for the event was provided by skilled pianist Jackie Stellato. Dan Guarino, who organized the event, also acted as host.

In addition the ARTSplash 2010 People’s Choice Award, as tabulated from the exhibition’s viewers’ votes, was presented to Joan Boudreault for her painting “Twin Sails.” RAA Exhibitions Committee head Janet Dever personally presented the award. A wide variety of refreshments were provided by the writers, performers and guests.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance Writers Group, soon to enter its third year, meets around the third Sunday of each month in either T-7 or T-6 from 4-6 p.m. All writers of all levels and all genres are welcomed. The next meeting date is to be announced shortly.

ARTSplash 2010 will be on view till Sunday, October 10. A second exhibition, Ink Splash 2010, featuring printmaking artists from across New York State, will run from Saturday, October 9 to Sunday, November 7. In addition, RAA will be hosting a Halloween scary extravaganza on October 29, 20 and 31.

For more information on exhibitions, RAA, the Writers Group or Halloween, please contact RAA at 718-474-0861, email info@raa116.org or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance. org.

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