2004-04-30 / Community

RAA Gives Whalemena A Facelift

RAA Gives Whalemena A Facelift


Whalemena is being repaired and decorated with mosaic by members of the Rockaway Artists Alliance.Whalemena is being repaired and decorated with mosaic by members of the Rockaway Artists Alliance.

Geoff Rawling, President of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, began bringing new life to the Whalemena last fall with help from an NYC Parks Foundation grant and donations of stained glass, tile and pottery.

This season the mosaic crew has expanded thanks to the donation of funds from Benjamin Beechwood LLC, the developers of "Arverne By The Sea."

"The Rockaway Artists Alliance is very grateful for and excited by this new partnership between private and public entities to enhance the area with public art," said Denis Macrae of the RAA. "Jonathan Gaska of CB14 initiated this new partnership."

Other artists, such as Esther Grillo, Wojciech Swierdzewski, Anne Hourigan, Kalin Callaghan, Cindy Rosin, Lina Puerta, Julia Kozlyouski and assistants Christine and Cindy Lindner and Federico Salinas are working with Rawling to complete the new artwork.


Kalin Callaghan and Anne Hourigan apply ceramic chards to Whalemena.Kalin Callaghan and Anne Hourigan apply ceramic chards to Whalemena.

"Special thanks go out to Pat Clarke of Sunlite Stained Glass, Gheroge Marian and Donald Palmer for their generous donations of glass and pottery for the project," said Macrae, "and to Jeff and Kerry Ann Aquilante of Connolly’s for keeping the water supply flowing and of course Jim Caffaro and our local NYC Parks Department for maintaining the site."


APictured, left to right: Cindy Rosin, Cindy Lindner, Anne Hourigan, Kalin Callaghan, Esther Grilla and Christine Lindner.APictured, left to right: Cindy Rosin, Cindy Lindner, Anne Hourigan, Kalin Callaghan, Esther Grilla and Christine Lindner.

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