2012-10-12 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Halloween, Theater Workshop – Kids/Teens, InkSplash Extended
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein

Volunteer scares Halloween attendees at RAA’s Rage in Toyland 2011. Volunteer scares Halloween attendees at RAA’s Rage in Toyland 2011. InkSplash eligibility for artworks has been expanded to include pen and ink, original giclée prints, photos, and original printing. New deadline for submission: Sunday, October 14, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please bring your completed prospectus (can download from website), artwork, and entry fee to sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Artwork will be selected based on the above and space in the gallery. InkSplash has been extended: October 20 - November 11, 2012. Reception to be held Sunday, October 21, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Holy Hyenas, Batman! And you thought Jurassic Park was bad? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

But Madam Rayah HAS! It’s …ZOOPHOBIA! Oh horror of horrors!

Oh, citizens of The Rock, who each year must endure the meanest, foulest, dangerousest horrors of Halloween. (Why us? Oh Joe, Oh Eric, can you help us????) Queen Rayah has peered into her crystal balls and channeled Marlin Perkins (who of you is old enough to remember him?) to be able to warn us to dare not put even a toe (not even a severed one) into Fort Tilden’s sTudio 7 Gallery (building T-7) on the evenings of October 26, 27 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Because, my friends, the damnations of a Zoo Gone Wild await you. MadR has entrusted me with this knowledge and I pass it on to you, thusly:

A clique of demented critters will decide to revolt and put us in captivity. Illogical? No, ZOOological! An aviary of flying fiends will peck their way out to peck out our orbs, disorienting us and, in the confusion, forcing us behind bars. (Oh Tippi, where are you when we need you?) Inhabitants of giant monkey cages will make themselves up to look like rich, well kempt businessmen from Massachusetts to lure you and your family into hellish caves where they will peel you like bananas. And I don’t mean in a good way. Penguins, polar bears and walruses have been trained to imitate the voice of Morgan Freeman, calling us to our deaths through holes in the ice of a frigid Arctic polar cap (rented for the occasion from Frigidaire).

Voracious vultures, ravenous reptiles, monstrous manatees, bats, birds, bisons and bitches (the canine ones) will gnaw, devour and digest our skin, flesh and 401Ks till there is nothing left of us but bones bleaching in the moon. Remember, you have been WARNED. Well done, Medium Rayah. A note from the more caring of the insane monsters: A final call for construction, artist and actor volunteers is 7:30 p.m., October 25. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent; and, if you do come to Zoophobia, wear appropriate clothing and shoes for a safe, maybe cool night. And, please, no easily traumatized little ones – this fun, free event is interactive. Thanks. Any questions? Call the RAA office. RAA is now offering innovative new theater workshops for children and teens to be taught by Arianna Rose, BA, MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts/ Graduate Musical Theater Writing; Certified Music Improvisation Teacher. The workshops include: Intro to Musical Theater for 6 to 8-year-olds; Intro to Acting for the same age group; Intro to Musical Theater for 9- to 12- year-olds; Musical Theater for Teens; Intro to Acting for 9- to 12-year-olds; Acting for Teens. All classes are eight sessions and run October to December, one starting October 13, so call the RAA office for full schedule and fees. RAA congratulates Maryann McEvoy, one of this year’s honorees at the St. Rose of Lima Dinner Dance. The event is October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Congratulations also to McEvoy for winning as Best Conceptual artwork in ArtSPLASH for her quiltwork hanging, “Still Pink in Pompeii.” RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Fort Tilden Highlights
UPCOMING: InkSplash, Oct. 20-
Nov. 11. Deadline: Oct. 14. See column. PAINTING CLASSES FOR
ADULTS: Tues. 8-10 p.m., Thurs.
10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7 Gallery,
RoCA, Fort Tilden. Beginners to
experienced artists are welcome.
Fee per class: members: $20; nonmembers: $30. Supplies included.
Leigh Walls. Tues., 7-9 p.m., sTudio
7. Fees: see above.
Classes run until Dec. 22, 12-2 p.m.
in sTudio 7. Fee: RAA members -
$25 per class, $150 for a series of 8
classes; non-members - $35 per
class, $240 for a series of 8 classes.
Instructor: Kacper Dolatowski.
Supplies and materials are not
included. Next class: Oct. 20.
Contact RAA office for a schedule of
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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