Rawling Uses Paint And Palette To Tell His Stories
For more than a decade, Geoff Rawling, president of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, has been painting the "palette sign" on sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Fort Tilden, announcing the title and dates of the current exhibition gracing the gallery. A dozen or so years ago, Rawling erected the 5-foot by 7-foot wooden palette, to Rawling an appropriate symbol of a fine art gallery, on the front of the building, formerly the firehouse for the Army fort. At least 70 or 75 times in the last 10 years, the muralist has repainted the sign for each new exhibit inside. "There is more paint on the palette than wood underneath," muses the artist.
Each painting is itself a work of art. Imaginative and colorful, it recreates an artwork in the show, or captures the exhibit's theme, boldly and with pride. Incredibly, it takes Rawling only two or three hours to create each of these gems, which have become part of the fabric of our fort and a true symbol of the arts in our community.