I am very disappointed in the RAA. I am a member and have been attending the art classes both Tuesday and Thursday for at least 2 years. We had a great teacher with Geoff Rawling and we were worried that he would not easily be replaced. Much to our surprise we got an excellent teacher in Jeff Berman. I was a teacher for 33 years so I do not say this lightly.
I feel that the board did not take our needs and feelings into consideration when they let go of Mr. Berman. If they were having personality issues they could have solved this another way; maybe having his wife deal with the RAA people and let us have him as a teacher.
The people in the office see him for a couple of minutes a week, some of us would see him up to 4 hours a week and we never had a problem with him. Did any one ask any of the students what they thought? It doesn’t seem like they did because just about everyone that I know in the class has appreciated this man and has gotten a lot out of his classes.
I felt that we were in a class comparable to Manhattan Art Schools. Students came from all over and the word was spreading fast among artists that we had an artist that was classically trained, exhibited his own work and could take you to the next level of your own personal development. We would look forward to the class because it was a place where serious artists could gather.
I feel that the board has lost sight of what they wanted to do here. There is a disconnect between the artists and the board.
How can a few people decide what is best for a group that they did not ask for their feedback? Geoff Rawling left such a strong legacy to Jeff Berman and he was passing it on and enriching our lives.
Who is the RAA board serving, themselves or the artists of Rockaway?