2012-03-16 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Writing, Writing, Writing
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein

Creative Writing Workshop for Children, in grades 4-6. Remaining classes offered: Saturday: March 17, 24, and 31; 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Building T-149, Fort Tilden, GNRA, Rockaway Point. The instructor is Dan Guarino, author, Wave columnist and director of the RAA Writers Group. The cost is $10 per session. This course will enable your child to: explore their creativity; enhance vocabulary; exercise imagination; and improve writing skills while engaged in a hands-on creative writing workshop. For more information call RAA at 718-474-0861.

Calls To Artists: “Checkmate” and “Spring Into Flowers.” “Checkmate” invites artists to draw viewers into the world of drama, symmetry, surprises, majesty, maneuvers, strategy, style, substance and subtlety that is the world of chess. Chessboards, chess pieces, power plays and even fantasy — think “Alice Through the Looking Glass” – associated with the more than 1,000-year-old game. Open to all media including but not limited to glass work, photography, watercolor, printmaking, sculpture, video, cartoon, literary and moveable art. Deadline for receipt of entries: April 16, 2012. Dates: March 5- March 27, 2012. For full prospectus and entry form: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

“Spring Into Flowers” invites artists to …well …what more can be said? Same dates, same times, same station. Open to humans as well as to hummingbirds.

The Story of Jacob Riis and Jacob Riis Park” will be the subject of the next lecture/Power Point presentation by Rockaway historian Bernie Feuer. The show starts at 1 p.m. in sTudio 7 gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Admission is free. Feuer calls Riis America’s first photojournalist. He saw the horrid conditions in the slums and exposed them to the public in his photographs, articles and books. Feuer will show Riis’ images, discuss the creation, history from its earliest days, architecture and significance of our Riis Park.

Madam Rayah has it on good authority that making an appearance at the presentation will be a former VP with the initials TR (a reformer, as was Riis), channeled through a certain RAA VP with the initials DG. (The Madam actually read the bottom of her almost empty bowl of alphabet soup to divine this tidbit.)

Love to paint till you plotz? Shop till you drop? Have we got a program for you! For the second year in a row, RAA is a proud participant in Lord and Taylor’s Fundraising Shopping Event. Each tickets is $5.00. One hundred percent of ticket sales go to RAA. Tickets are available at the kidsmART after-school program, Monday-Wednesday, 2:30-5:30 p.m or at the RAA office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Event is Wednesday, March 28, 9-11 a.m. at Lord and Taylor in Garden City, NY.

Kudos to all those participants and attendees who made this past week such a successful ‘Irish’ week at RAA. Sunday we had the ‘delicious,’ well-attended and received “Irish Show” featuring the talents of the cadre of RAA musicians and more (Rockaway sure boasts a fine bunch of musical artists). Monday’s general meeting featured a spirited and enjoyable presentation by Amanda Francin, Dan Guarino and Sophia Skeans of their trip to the musical, cultural and artistic country of Ireland. I’m buying my own plane ticket tomorrow. RAA CONTACT INFO:

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

kidsmART corner

kidsmART is open Monday through Wednesday, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., now through May in Building T-149 in Fort Tilden.

Children from grades K-8 are eligible to participate in Rockaway’s only FREE after-school program.

Homework help, read-alouds of a great children’s book, or individual book selection, wide range of art instruction, theater, science hands-on, games and sports. All carefully supervised by kidsmART’s highly trained instructors and counselors. Throughout, respect for others and a sense of community and camaraderie is taught, encouraged and rewarded. For information, contact the RAA office (see RAA contact info).

Fort Tilden Highlights

“Lights, Camera, Action!” in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA
(Rockaway Center for Arts) at Fort Tilden. On view
through Apr. 15. Gallery hrs: Sat. and Sun., 12-4 p.m.
and by appointment. Free admission.
18, 4-6 p.m., sTudio 6 gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden.
Jeffrey Berman. Tues. 7-9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12
noon. sTudio 7. Beginners to experienced artists are
welcome. Classes include instruction in acrylic,
watercolor, pastel, drawing, water soluble oil. Fee
per class: members: $20; non-members: $30.
Beginning March 6, the first 2 Tuesdays of each
month, live models will join the lively still lifes as subjects to draw and/or paint. (Still lifes work cheaper
than models.)
mic: Artists of all disciplines are invited. sTudio 7
stage, 8 p.m.-12 midnight. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Every
other Thurs. at 9:30 p.m. a featured musician or
group will perform. Join us. Free.

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