2011-07-22 / Columnists

From The Artist Studio

Come For The Sun! Discover Your Heart In The Arts!
Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by
Susan Hartenstein

Some of the invaluable volunteer members of RAA Exhibitions Committee who make our receptions such welcoming, fun experiences. Left to right: Jessica Schulman, MaryAnn McEvoy, Janet Dever, Joan Boudreault, Penelope Atheras. Photo courtesy of M. Elliott Killian. Some of the invaluable volunteer members of RAA Exhibitions Committee who make our receptions such welcoming, fun experiences. Left to right: Jessica Schulman, MaryAnn McEvoy, Janet Dever, Joan Boudreault, Penelope Atheras. Photo courtesy of M. Elliott Killian. This weekend RAA is opening its innovative, imaginative, “The Gallery Green,” that marries summer outdoor fun and the creative artistic flair for which our galleries have become known. RAA is as much a part of the national park in which our galleries are nestled, as the park is a part of us. So in a setting that celebrates the energy and pleasures of summer in the out-ofdoors, RAA has set its first-ever minigolf art exhibit. Sound coooooooool? It is!

Designed by community artists, “The Gallery Green” was developed to encourage and enhance public participation in the arts. Just steps from the ocean and set against the backdrop of sTudios 7, 8 and 9, “The Gallery Green” takes you on a fanciful journey through the arts, education and more. Do you think you know how to escape a riptide in the mighty Atlantic? Plot your way through “Riptide” – one of our six featured holes – and discover the answer. Join us as we swing safely away from a piping plover’s nest, navigate around the “Artist’s Studio,” and find our way through “The Gallery Green.” Adults and children alike are invited to play a game on the course, which ends in sTudio 7 Gallery, so you even get to see the art on the walls in the “People at Work” exhibit. Come for the sun! Discover your heart in the arts!

“The Gallery Green” is open to the public: Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 p.m.; Thursday evenings 5-8 p.m., July 23-September 4 in sTudio 7, RoCA at Fort Tilden. We would like to extend a very special thank you to our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and artists who have magnificently brought to life a simple idea in themost extravagant way.

A great American story that would make a great American movie. That is how local historian Bernie Feuer evaluates the story of the first transatlantic flight – a flight that took off in 1919 from the Rockaway Naval Air Station (where the Riis Park parking lot is today) and landed in the Azores, then Lisbon, then Plymouth, England. A tale of adventure and heroism — a truly American tale – that will be the subject of a multimedia Power Point presentation, “Into the Danger Zone,” by Feuer on Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden.

“On May 8, 1919, at 10:00 a.m., 18 brave Navy aviators took off in three huge flying boats from Naval Air Station – Rockaway,” writes Feuer. “Their mission,” he continues, “was to be the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. They faced formidable obstacles. Their huge planes were made out of wood, fabric, and wires held together by wood screws, glue and paint. Nobody knew if the engines would hold up for the flying time and the distance. Navigation, communications, and weather forecasting were crude. But these brave men went out ‘Into the Danger Zone’ to conquer the ferocious Atlantic Ocean. … Two of the planes crashed in the Ocean. One made it – the NC-4.”

The relevance of this episode in our history, according to Feuer? “This is a great American adventure story – filled with American courage, ingenuity, inventiveness, heroism, survival and success. In these times of foreclosures, a debt crisis, unemployment, this is the type of story our country needs. Something to feel proud about; something to say America was great and is still great!” See you on Sunday.

Everett Molinari was a gentleman; a class act with an impish sense of humor. At least that’s how I knew him. I first met Everett when he gave a talk and slide show at an RAA meeting about his work on the murals in the US Capital House of Representatives. Seeing a tall, stately man, I was unprepared for his playful sense of humor. I then took art classes with Everett at RAA and at the famed Salmagundi Club. He was a wonderful teacher – patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and with a sharp, discerning eye. And ohhh, that dancing, impish glint in the eye. Every class was a joy, as well as a great learning experience. I can say Everett became a friend as well as a teacher. I, and everyone who knew him, is richer for it. When someone like that makes a space in your life, it is a big loss when he is gone. Yet that space was made by such good things, it can never be empty – it continues to be a gift, forever. Thank you, Everett. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

kidsmART corner

Camp kidsmART is in full swing and going strong, running through August 18, Monday-Thursday; new hours are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Fort Tilden Highlights

OPENING SATURDAY: “The Gallery Green.” See column for details.
PRESENT RAA EXHIBIT: “People at Work” is in sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, RoCA
(Rockaway Center for the Arts). On view through Aug. 7.
“INTO THE DANGER ZONE”: Multi-media presentation by Bernie Feuer. See
NEXT WRITERS GROUP MEETING: Mon., July 25, sTudio 7, 7 p.m.
ANNUAL RAA PICNIC/BBQ: Sat., Aug 13, 7-11 p.m.
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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