2011-03-11 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Trilogy
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m., the Rockaway Artists Alliance and Bernie Feuer will present the third part of “The Floyd Bennett Field Story Trilogy” called “Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer,” the story of the Coast Guard in Rockaway and Coast Guard aviation at Floyd Bennett Field. The multi-media Power Point presentation will be given in RAA’s sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden. Feuer will discuss the 19th century rescue techniques used by the US Life Saving Service, the forerunner of the Coast Guard; the shipwrecks that took place off the west end of Rockaway; the morning World War II struck in Rockaway; the development of the helicopter; the first flying ambulance; the rescue techniques developed at Floyd Bennett Field that saved countless American lives in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Extensively researched, the first two parts of the trilogy were very well received by all who attended. Feuer brings his expertise to these exciting aspects of the history of our local area that were also vitally significant elements in the history of our country.

The next meeting of the RAA Writers Group will be on Sunday, March 20 from 4-6 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery. From group leader, Dan Guarino: “Bring your writing, but more importantly bring yourself and even a friend. You may not have a piece to share, but your feedback and discussion is more than welcome and really adds to our group.” If you come before the meeting, you can spend time enjoying the exhibit in the gallery, “The Life of Still Objects.”

“The Life of Still Objects” is on view in sTudio 6 through March 27. Admission is free. See the “gray box” for hours. Somewhat broadly defined in this exhibit, still life is examined in a variety of mediums, including photography. Jessica Schulman’s “High Life” is a satirical look at, well, a seen-betterdays beer can and its bed of sand. It’s Miller Time. The surreal “Victoriana” by Schulman presents a 21st century Victorian top hat and an umbrella in a composition of curves and angles that appear to float in the air.

The next RAA exhibit to be juried is:

Windows: How is the view and the meaning of a subject changed by what it is seen through? What is the relation between the observer and the observed? “Windows” invites artists to observe the world through a frame — a window, a spyglass, a port, a looking glass, a prism, a frosted pane …Imagination is the only limitation. Open to all media including, but not limited to, photography, painting, film, poetry, literature, sculpture, assemblage, printmaking, and more.

Explore possibilities and bring the art in them to life. Submission deadline: March 11. Dates: April 9-May 8 in sTudio 6 Gallery.

Opening reception: April 10, 12-4 p.m.

Running simultaneously with “Windows” in sTudio 7 Gallery will be a Brooklyn Watercolor Society invitational exhibit and an exhibit of glass work by glass artists who include Patrick Clark and Renée Radenberg, who will curate.

Computer Classes for Artists: Instructor Jessica Schulman holds classes on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. through April 12 in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. The class will cover basic computers for the non-computer literate; uploading your camera’s photos to a computer file and/or a CD; basic editing of your photographs; making a disk to enter shows and proper labeling of CDs; and designing business cards and labels for the back of your work. Due to the fact that practicing the skills taught is essential to becoming proficient, this class is intended for people who have regular access to a computer or will be purchasing one shortly. To register and for class fees, please call the RAA office at 718-474-0861.


Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

kidsmART corner

The kidsmART After-School Program 2010-2011 is free. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden. Dates and times: through April 14, 2011; Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. On-site registration is available. Applications can also be downloaded from RAA’s Website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org For information call RAA at 718-474- 0861.

Fort Tilden Highlights

NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING: Mon., Mar. 14, 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery,
RoCA at Fort Tilden. All are welcome. Bring your latest artwork.
PRESENT EXHIBIT: “The Life of Still Objects” in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden, RoCA
(Rockaway Center for the Arts). The exhibit explores the motion and emotion in
the world of objects that may be still but never static. On view through March 27.
Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission to
exhibit, reception and special events.
NEXT RAA WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Sunday, Mar. 20, 4-6 p.m. in sTudio 6.
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. Join us. Free.

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