2011-07-08 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Yes, RAA Is Alive And Well And Thriving At Fort Tilden
Commentary by Susan Hartenstein

Medium Rayah, who sees all, knows all and repeats nothing, has gotten wind through her crystal ball (probably too many hot peppers) that there are those of you who think that RAA and RTC have closed up shop in the fort. Nooooooooooooonsense! Both are still working full throttle to bring you art, music, dance, poetry and plays, in the setting of a beautiful seaside national recreation area, happily partnering with the National Park Service. In fact, this weekend the rip-snorting musical “Annie Get Your Gun” opens at the Post Theater (see rockawaytheatrecompany.org for details) and RAA opens its newest exhibit.

“People at Work” begins this Saturday, July 9 and continues through Sunday, July 31 in sTudio 7 Gallery. Opening reception is Sunday, July 10, 12-4 p.m. Meet the artists and enjoy live entertainment and light refreshments. From Astronaut to Zebra trainer (not really …I just couldn’t come up with a “Z” job from the show), “People at Work” explores and celebrates the working man and woman. Which, frankly, is almost all of us. Whether your job is a pleasure or boring, tedious and oppressive, or all of the above, come take a look at your fellow breadwinners …or breadmakers, as the case may be. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission to exhibit, reception and all special events.

SPECIAL BONUS of “People at Work”: Watch the Artists at Work. On select weekends, artists of the RAA will give you a sneak peek into their artistic process by putting themselves on exhibit – letting you watch them create.

You may have noticed that “From the Artist’s Studio” was absent from last week’s Wave newspaper. The first time in more than 13 years that has occurred, I’m proud to say. The frequency of some columns has been reduced to make room for new and diverse columns. Unfortunately, “Artist’s Studio” was one of the ones reduced. But dry those tears, my friends. This may be temporary; and even if it isn’t, you will still get the same scintillating, literate, witty, wide-ranging, incorrigibly impertinent art news you have gotten for 13+ years – you’ll just get it every other week.

Fore! “The Gallery Green” tees off Saturday, July 16 in sTudio 7’s rear garden. Gather with the crowd at the first hole (figuratively speaking) for RAA’s firstever interactive miniature golf exhibit, designed by community artists. Sound perfect for some summer fun while feeding your cultural appetite? Exhibit hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. and select weekday evenings through September 5, to be announced. Stay tuned.

“Into the Danger Zone”: Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m., historian Bernie Feuer will offer a multi-media presentation chronicling the flight, ninety-two years ago, of three huge flying boats out of the Rockaway Naval Station, headed over the Atlantic. Only one made it across. Learn about this event and those who flew into history.

Support RAA through Amazon.com. Now, when you shop on Amazon.com, use the link on our website and RAA will receive up to 15 percent of your purchase back from Amazon.com as a donation. Please access Amazon.com by clicking the “Donations” tab on our website – www.rockawayartistsalliance.org — in order to make sure we receive a portion of your purchase. It’s a great way for you to get all the things you need and want from Amazon.com and support RAA at the same time.

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. 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 at the RAA office.

Fort Tilden Highlights:

“People at Work” is in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts).
See column for details.
Mon., July 11, 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. All are welcome. Special presentation: Christian Le Gars, Geoff Rawling, Daniela Sessa on their recent
participation in an important Paris art exhibit, the art organization that hosted them
and the plans for gallery exchanges between RAA and the cutting edge art ateliers of Belleville, Paris.
NEXT RAA EXHIBIT: “The Gallery Green.” See column for details.
“INTO THE DANGER ZONE”: Multi-media presentation by Bernie Feuer.
See column.
“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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