Sarnoff Honored With USPS Matted Print At Boardwalk Ceremony
Sarnoff’s painting, “Ye Olde Jetty,” has been utilized by the USPS as a matted print, which will grace an envelope with a first-class stamp and with a Rockaway Beach cancellation that will be sold in post offices nationwide.
The matted print was unveiled on the Boardwalk at Beach 116 Street by George Buonocore, the Postmaster of the Far Rockaway Post Office and by Lily Jung-Burton, the supervisor for the local postal district.
“This painting typifies Rockaway,” Said Congressman Anthony Weiner at the ceremony, adding that people such as Sarnoff are “what makes Rockaway unique.”
Sarnoff has placed his paintings in the collections of such icons as Oleg Cassini, Arthur Ashe, Eli Wallach and Cleavon Little. He has had a number of one-man shows at galleries in the local area, including shows in Hewlett and in Hell’s Kitchen.
Sarnoff said at the ceremony honoring him and his painting of the famous Rockaway Jetty, that he was born in Brooklyn and always considered himself a Brooklyn resident. His icons were the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Brooklyn schools that he attended as a youth.
Now, he says, that has all changed for the better.
“Now that I have lived in Rockaway for roughly half of my life,”the local artist said. “I finally consider myself proud to say that I am a Rockawayite.”