2011-06-17 / Columnists

From The Artist Studio

Rockaway Magic
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein


“Self Portrait,” drawing in color pencil by Jena Homsey, now on display in “Tomorrow’s Art Today” in sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. “Self Portrait,” drawing in color pencil by Jena Homsey, now on display in “Tomorrow’s Art Today” in sTudio 6, RoCA at Fort Tilden. ARTSPLASH 2011 is just around the corner. Watch this column and the RAA website for info about this major juried annual fall multimedia celebration of the arts. Performing and visual arts fill sTudio 6, sTudio 7, the outdoor sculpture garden and RAA’s indoor and outdoor stages.

“Guardians of the Sea and Riders of the Waves”:

RAA invites artists and non-artists to submit original artworks, memorabilia, old and/or new photographs to build an exhibit that celebrates and brings to life the sights, sounds, tastes; the spirit of Rockaway past and present. The magical Rockaway of summer beach, sand and surf.

Catch those precious moments in time, flitting by like summer fireflies. Memories can be made in an instant – a moment ago or a generation ago. They can happen in any season. They can be joyous or bittersweet. They can delight or they can stagger. We are seeking vibrant images of lifeguards, surfers and all aspects that contribute to celebrating the beach life on the Peninsula of Rockaway, Queens, NY.

All art forms are welcome, including but not limited to: sculpture, drawing, video and film, printmaking, photography and mixed media. Also images or objects of Rockaway memorabilia from any era for loan would be appreciated to give life and immediacy to the exhibit.

Submission deadline by email: July 23, 2011

More details to follow.

Please contact Sophia at 917-306- 8729 or email sophiaskeans@aol.com for more information.

RAA arts events not to miss: The RAA Summer Solstice Event is tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.-12 midnight in sTudio 7 Gallery. Live music will include the band Pour House and singer/musician/songwriter John Simonelli. RAA Writers Group will do a presentation that will include poetry from Elgin Bolling, Dan Guarino and Sandra Proto; short stories by Joseph Abbate and Liz Guarino; a play excerpt by Pamela Popeson; and an essay from Liz Palombo. Sunday, June 26, 1:30-3 p.m. the Writers Group and musicians will perform at the Peninsula Center for Extended Care, adjacent to Peninsula Hospital Center.

Bravo to Dan Guarino for organizing the Writers Group special events, bringing the literary talents of Rockaway to more and more people.

Thanks to Nina Talbot for her presentation at Monday’s general meeting about her exhibit, “Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival.” Said RAA board member Sophia Skeans, “She had such vibrant artworks and presented meaningful rich tapestries of color and form that conveyed a powerful message.” 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.

Once your child is registered for camp, camp packets will be available May 16 at the RAA office.

Fort Tilden Highlights

PRESENT RAA EXHIBITS: “Tomorrow’s Art Today,” is in sTudio 6, Fort Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts). It poses the question, What is ‘modern art’ in the 21st century? “Nature: Fur, Flora and Fauna,” in sTudio 7, invites artists to go wild and au naturel (au really?). Also in sTudio 7 is “Geoff’s Art Class,” the best of works produced in the class of RAA President Geoff Rawling. Dates: through June 26. 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.

RAA SUMMER SOLSTICE EVENT: Sat., June 18, sTudio 7. Poets, writers, musicians and more.

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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