2002-10-26 / Community

Sunny Days, Chasing The Clouds Away

Regardless of howling winds or pelting rains, when you walk through the doors of North Fork Bank you will be greeted by a sunny, happy display of Rockaway beach scenes. Robert Sarnoff's Artwork adorns the back wall. You may even recognize a neighbor or yourself among the group of swimmers, walkers, dreamers or sandcastle builders. Sarnoff & Asociates have been selected as Business of the Month for October.

Captured in various scenes of typical groupings and gatherings in our very own sands are young and old alike, enjoying the moment. A snapshot of a given day is captured forever in watercolor, pen and ink, oil pastels, some with collage elements. A large, colorful work depicts several such moments in one setting.

Sarnoff's works are truly unique, combining elements of affectionate humor with skillful rendering ability. His works are in the collection of Oleg Cassini, Eli Wallach, Arthur Ashe, Bill Talbert, Cleavon Little, as well as other notables. He has exhibited in one-person shows from So-Ho to Hell's Kitchen to Hewlett. His credits include Official Artist of The Robert F. Kennedy Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament in Forest Hills. The "I Love New York" Campaign and The united College Fund Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Sarnoff & Associates have designed logos, i.e. The Mets' Fantasy Week, ULTIMet WEEK, Alternative High Schools, advertising campaigns, i.e. Olwell Travel, local brochures, Art Access, cover designs: The Stranahan House, etc.

In 1994, Mr. Sarnoff was presented with The Art Educator of The Year Award from The New York Art Teachers Association and The United Federation of Teachers. He was also featured in a full-page article (taken on Rockaway's Beach) in Time Magazine.

He has written and illustrated "Cartooning" for Davis Publications and "Papier Mache" for J. Weston Walch. His articles have appeared in Playbill, Art Teacher, School Arts, Super Eight Filmmaker and High Points.

The North Fork Bank exhibition runs through the end of October.

Sarnoff will soon become the editorial cartoonist for The Wave, bringing his unique take on matters and style of drawing to the weekly publication.

Stay tuned.

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