2013-10-11 / Columnists

From The Artist Studio

Hold (De)presses
By Susan Hartenstein


The dramatic photographic ‘Megaset’ by Peter Brady is one of pieces that will be on display in RAA’s Calm, Storm, Rebirth. The dramatic photographic ‘Megaset’ by Peter Brady is one of pieces that will be on display in RAA’s Calm, Storm, Rebirth. *As of this writing, the government of the United States of America is shut down. Shut Up! No, really it is. Therefore, our galleries in Fort Tilden (part of the National Park Service) are also shut down. Soooooooooo …Check your news sources (of course that includes The Wave) and/or contact RAA to find out if and when this changes.

The Rockaway Theatre Company’s “Boeing, Boeing,” a ‘non-stop comedy,’ directed by Peggy Page Press and Michael Wotypka, was to have its final weekend October 4, 5, 6 at the Post Theater, Fort Tilden. However, call 718- 374-6400 or visit rockawaytheatrecompany.org when the shutdown unshuts, or gets off the pot, to see if any extensions are planned.

The kidsmART After-School Program:

Program sites at PS 104Q and PS/MS 114Q, which are scheduled to open on October 21st, 2013, will not be affected by the shutdown since they are located in New York City public schools. During this period, we will seek out alternate venues to conduct some programs.

The free kidsmART after-school program offers high-quality, hands-on visual and performing arts workshops. Children in grades K-8 are eligible. Open enrollment (no cut-off date). The program will be housed in PS/MS 114 and on a future date in Building T-149 in Fort Tilden. All children attending public, parochial or home school are welcome at either site. Children may attend a maximum of two days per week.

Register your child by going to the RAA website (see below) and click on Education. Print out and complete the downloadable application and drop it off or mail it to our office at: RAA/260 Beach 116 Street/Rockaway Park, NY 11694. Office hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Calm/Storm/Rebirth.” Sandy was and is a tragedy our entire community has experienced. So the members of our entire community are invited to participate and express their emotions, thoughts, creative responses. We are all a part of the Calm/Storm/Rebirth of Rockaway and its surrounding communities.

There will be a special night of reflection in the sTudio 7 Gallery on Tuesday, October 29th, remembering Hurricane Sandy and the past year.

Watch this newspaper and come to the reception October 27th to find out how else all of us, artists and nonartists, can participate.

Kathy Ann Grillo, sister of RAA Board Member John Grillo, passed away recently. John and Esther Grillo are long-standing members of RAA. Both have been members of the board and have contributed significantly to this organization and our community.

Richard Rosin, father of RAA Instructor Cindy Rosin, passed away at the end of August. Tony Armenio, husband of RAA member Wendy Armenio, passed away on September 27th.

We offer our sincere condolences to John and Esther, Cindy, Wendy, and their families.

RAA Contact Info:

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

CU@RoCA.

Fort Tilden Highlights

ARTSPLASH 2013: *On view through October 13th, sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. UPCOMING EXHIBIT: *“Calm/Storm/Rebirth,” to be on view October 19th-November 10th, sTudio 7, RoCA, Fort Tilden. Opening reception: Sun., October 27th. Free admission to reception and exhibit. See column. NEXT RAA GENERAL MEETING: *Mon., October 14th, starting at 7:30 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. All are welcome.

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