2011-05-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Opening Reception
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

“New Dawn,” watercolor by Martha Elliott Killian, one of the artworks in “Nature,” opening this weekend in Fort Tilden at RAA’s sTudio 6. “New Dawn,” watercolor by Martha Elliott Killian, one of the artworks in “Nature,” opening this weekend in Fort Tilden at RAA’s sTudio 6. Full day at RAA that covers all the artistic bases. Sunday, May 22 from 12-4 p.m. will see the opening reception for “Tomorrow’s Art Today,” on display in sTudio 7, and “Nature: Fur, Flora and Fauna” (I know that Flora and her two husbands, Fur and Fauna, will be there) in sTudio 6. (See “Fort Tilden Highlights” box for exhibit descriptions.) Then, on the same day from 4-6 p.m. in sTudio 6, the RAA Writers Group meets. The opening reception will, as always, feature tasty, artfully presented light refreshments, music and musicians, and many of the exhibit’s artists (not necessarily in that order). Ah, yes, a day of art for art’s sake (and maybe some Japanese sake, too).

The year 2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation. The National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area – Floyd Bennett Field, formerly Naval Air Station, New York during World War II and the Cold War – will be celebrating this event.

On Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in Floyd Bennett Field, Hanger B (HARP), Bernie Feuer, who has already done several interesting Power Point presentations about the history of aviation in our area, will present “Wings of Gold,” the story of Naval aviation from its beginnings in 1911 though our present day Navy. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a guided tour of the dozen plus historic aircraft restored by the members of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP), which is based in Hangar B. Also on view will be a flying replica of a 1910 Curtiss Pusher airplane built by Bob Coolbaugh, a retired Navy and airline pilot.

The original was the first plane to take off from a Navy ship in 1910 and the first plane to land on a Navy ship in 1911. During Fleet Week, Coolbaugh will be taking off from Floyd Bennett Field and flying over New York Harbor to the Intrepid and back. At Feuer’s presentation: learn about and view images of the history of Naval Aviation from its beginnings in 1911 through today’s Navy; learn about and view images of Admiral John H. Towers, the Father of Naval Aviation, and learn about the controversy between Naval Aviation and the Navy’s Gun Club; learn how the use of a spotter plane from the USS Texas in 1919 was the catalyst for the development of the first aircraft carrier; learn about the story of the development of our aircraft carriers and view images of them; learn how Admiral Towers as Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics at the beginning of World War II built our Naval Air Arm into a modern fighting force so that we were able to stop the Japanese and win the war in the Pacific; and view images of the planes that did this.

For further information and directions, call the Visitor Center at 718-338-3799 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

RAA is on QPTV, OK? Every Tuesday in May, 5:30 p.m. channel 35; 6:00 p.m. on channel 56. On “The Show” by Kinsey Park Productions. RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

kidsmART corner

camp kidsmART: July 11-August 18, 2011; Monday- Thursday; new hours are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Limited number of applications still available.For children who have completed kindergarten through grade 7. For more info including tuition rate contact RAA office. If your child is registered for camp, camp packets are presently available through May 25 at the RAA office. Please come pick them up ASAP.

“Tomorrow’s Art Today,” in sTudio 7, poses the question,
“What is ‘modern art’ in the 21st century?” and “Nature:
Fur, Flora and Fauna,” in sTudio 6 invites artists to go wild
and au naturel (au really?). Dates: May 21-June 26.
Opening reception: Sun., May 22 in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden,
RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts). Gallery hours:
Sat. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free
admission to exhibit, reception and special events.
sTudio 6, 4-6 p.m.
“WINGS OF GOLD”: Tues., May 24, 7 p.m. in Hangar
B, Floyd Bennett Field. Presentation by Bernie Feuer on
the story of Naval Aviation. See column for details.
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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