2004-12-03 / Community

Rockaway Museum & Craft Shop Open Sunday For Art Exhibit & Sale

Pottery by Susan’s Craft Shop and The Rockaway Museum will open on Sunday, December 5, in a one time event, with a show of fine art by Rockaway artists that will support and benefit The Rockaway Museum.

The Craft Shop offers functional pottery made by Susan Locke and Angella Brown, jewelry by Cecile Kops and Renee Rosenberg, weaving by Elizabeth Connolly, and stained glass, sculpture and Judaica by Norma Allende. Clay jewelry with its intricate, incised designs by Nina Dybskaya will be available here for the first time. All work is original and the artists will be on hand to answer your questions and help you with your purchases.

“The generosity of Rockaway artists knows no bounds,” says Susan Locke, Executive Director for the Rockaway museum. “This incredible art show will grace the walls of The Rockaway Museum for the first time on Sunday, December 5.”

John Grillo’s black and white photographs of Playland and Rockaway scenes, reminiscent of days past will be available, as well prints of Shore Front Parkway’s bus shelter art designed by Esther Grillo. Original watercolors of Rockaway and Broad Channel by Arlene Cornell, beach scenes in the cartoon style by Bob Sarnoff, Breezy Point scenes by Maureen McGuire, Janet Dever and Martha Killian will be available. Check out Christian LeGars’ views of Beach 116 Street, black and white photography of Irv Gordon, and color photographs of Rockaway by Denis Macrae and Roger Carreau. You can .purchase a matted print of “Ye Olde Jetty” offered by the Postal Service which will be signed by Sarnoff between 12 and 1 p.m.

“There have been many requests for the Museum to be open on the weekend to enable more people to visit,” a spokesperson for the museum told The Wave. “We run the whole operation with just a handful of volunteers. However, we have decided to celebrate the holiday season with an exhibit of art by major Rockaway artists.”

Nestled in the rear of The Wave’s production floor is the home of The Rockaway Museum. Currently on display at Rockaway’s only museum is a “Playland Retrospective” exhibition featuring memorabilia, photos and artifacts of Rockaway’s great and world-renowned amusement park.

The museum, located at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

December 5 will be the only Sunday that the Museum will be open and the current Playland exhibit will close at the end of December. The museum will reopen in March with a new exhibition, one that a museum spokesperson promises to be “exciting and interesting to all of those who live in Rockaway.”

That spokesperson urges all Rockaway residents to join the members of the Rockaway Museum for this holiday event on Sunday, December 5, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m., at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, in the historic Wave Building.

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