2013-04-19 / Community

Painting The Past


A brush with the past: this colorful Roy Rupy was found in Rockaway in the midst of a house move. The exact area it depicts is still unknown. Photo by Lisa Hooker A brush with the past: this colorful Roy Rupy was found in Rockaway in the midst of a house move. The exact area it depicts is still unknown. Photo by Lisa Hooker With much of Rockaway on the move over the last few months, some interesting finds have come to light.

The Wave recently received a letter from Lisa Hooker about a colorful painting “we came across when we were relocating my father to a new home in Myrtle Beach.”

She says, “It's a Roy Rupy painting and it's somewhere in Rockaway, or Jamaica Bay. We couldn't quite remember where it was. But Roy was a friend of my Dad's and I guess the painting was given to him by Roy years ago.”

The bamboo framed painting shows houses on stilts surrounding a small inlet at low tide.

The scene is reminiscent of times gone by in Rockaway or Broad Channel. Others have offered that it could be Hamilton Beach or possibly a long gone community like the Raunt or Goose Creek.

“I Googled him,” noted Hooker. “He was apparently an NYPD officer who had a talent for drawing. It's got to be at least 40 years old, because we haven't lived in New York since 1973.

If you can figure out exactly where it is, please let me know!”

The Wave invites any reader who might know “exactly where it is” to forward their best guesses to dan@rockawave.com.

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