2005-04-08 / Community

Sarnoff Draws A Crowd At RAA Dinner

Some of the cartoons that entertained those who attended the recent RAA fundraiser.Some of the cartoons that entertained those who attended the recent RAA fundraiser. The ubiquitous and versatile Wave Editorial Cartoonist, Robert Sarnoff, drew a crowd Saturday night, April 2 at The Beach Club at the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s $100 a plate, black tie affair, “Be A Fool For The Arts.”

The annual fundraiser featured Sarnoff, a founding member of RAA, and his cartoons.

His signed, framed drawings and caricatures, created on the spot while mingling among the patrons of the arts, were generously donated as raffle prizes and gifts. Proceeds will support R.A.A.’s ambitious expansion plans for their education and exhibition programs.

On August 11 2004, Sarnoff’s painting, Ye Olde Jetty, was selected by The United States Government to become a matted print cachet stamp. “This is the first time in the history of The United States Postal Service that a local artist was so honored”, said The Postmaster, George Buonocore. There is a movement afoot for this iconic image to become a Rockaway stamp.

A U.S. Army unit based in Arif, Kuwait is featuring Sarnoff’s editorial cartoons in their bi-weekly publication. “I am really pleased to contribute in some small way. To bolster the morale of our soldiers, to bring them a smile or a chuckle, is an honor”, Sarnoff proudly stated.

In 1994, Sarnoff was presented The Art Educator of the Year Award by the UFT and NYC Art Teachers Association. He is currently conduction a series of Cartooning Workshops through the auspices of The Rockaway Museum. “ It’s a great way to give back to the community, and who knows, maybe one of these young people will some day become the Wave’s next editorial cartoonist.”

Look for Sarnoff this spring and summer. He’ll be signing his matted prints and cachets or you can visit his website www.rockawayoflife.com

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