2012-03-30 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

RAA Open Town Hall; Glass Mosaic Classes
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein


“Uncle Vanya,” oil on canvas by Carol Rickey, one of the artworks on view in “Blue Hues”/ “Lights, Camera, Action!” at RoCA, Fort Tilden. “Uncle Vanya,” oil on canvas by Carol Rickey, one of the artworks on view in “Blue Hues”/ “Lights, Camera, Action!” at RoCA, Fort Tilden. Monday, April 9, RAA will hold an open town hall type meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7 gallery, Fort Tilden. Discussion will center on what RAA has been doing, what is happening right now, and where it is going. Most importantly, RAA wants feedback and suggestions from our membership and our community, which we serve and of which we are a part; the community that helps identify us, define us and nurture us. The RAA board of directors will be there to answer questions, address concerns and solicit input and ideas from our membership and community. This will be the first of such meetings anticipated to inform, to welcome and to refresh and grow this vibrant organization. RAA invites all to come and be a part of this first of its kind Open Meeting.

RAA will offer Beginner Glass Mosaic Classes on Friday, April 20-May 11, 7-9 p.m. in sTudio 7 gallery. Instructor will be accomplished stained glass artist Anne Hourigan. Instruction will include drawing/designing the piece, basic glass cutting and breaking skills and more. Supplies and materials included. Fee is $30 per session for members, $40 for non-members. If interested, call the RAA office: 718-474-0861.

The next RAA Writers Group Event will be Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in sTudio 7 gallery. Original prose works, poetry, short stories, short plays and scenes will be blended with the talents of a variety of musicians singing and playing both original and cover songs. An occasional jig has even been known to spontaneously break out at our Writers Group events. Come join the fun, even if the only thing you ever write is the shopping list.

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: May 5- June 17, 2012. For full prospectus and entry form: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

“Spring Into Flowers” invites artists to … well … spring into flowers. Same deadline and show dates. Antihistamine not required. 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

RAA OPEN TOWN HALL-TYPE MEETING: Sun., Apr. 9, sTudio 7 gallery, 7:30
p.m. See column.
PRESENT RAA EXHIBITS: “Blue Hues”
and “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.
NEXT WRITERS GROUP EVENT: Sun.,
Apr., 15, 1-3 p.m., sTudio 7 gallery, RoCA
at Fort Tilden. See column.
OPEN STUDIO FOR ADULTS: Tues. 7-
9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7.
Please call RAA office for fees and other
details.
NEW THURS. NIGHT MUSIC/OPEN
MIC: Open mic: Artists of all disciplines
are invited. sTudio 7 stage, 8 p.m.-12
midnight. Sign-up: 7:45 p.m. Every other
Thurs. 9:30-10:15 p.m. a featured musician or group will perform. Join us. Free..


















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