2013-09-13 / Community

Sandy Art Benefits Sandy Relief Effort

By Katie McFadden

"Rockaway On Fire" by Michael Schor, at "A Brush with Sandy,” a benfit exhibition. "Rockaway On Fire" by Michael Schor, at "A Brush with Sandy,” a benfit exhibition. Local photographer Michael Schor is one of many artists who have their work on display at Studio 5404 in Long Island as part of an exhibit that benefits Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Environ Vision Designs is hosting an art exhibit called “A Brush with Sandy.” The exhibit, located at 5404 Merrick Road in Massapequa, features works by New York and Long Island photographers, artists, poets, musicians and more. An opening reception was held on September 6th, which included poetry readings from Bards Initiative publication, “Songs of Sandy” and poet laureate Ed Stever.

Included in the exhibit are stunning photos by Rockaway photographer Michael Schor. Schor has contributed photos to The Wave, including one of his landscape photographs which was used on the cover of The Wave’s six month Sandy anniversary issue in April. Schor, a Rockaway native, moved back to the neighborhood from Los Angeles in August 2012. As a professional landscape photographer, he started publishing beach landscape photos over social media, which quickly gained a large audience.

When Hurricane Sandy hit, Schor set out with his camera and captured images of the devastation around the neighborhood. His photos were picked up and distributed by Reuters to newspapers and websites all over the world. Some of his pre- and post-Sandy works have been added to collections at the Smithsonian American History Museum, the New York Historical Society and some will be featured in the upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

Schor has four Sandy-related pieces in the Studio 5404 exhibit. His work, “Before and After,” shows the Harbor Light, one day before Hurricane Sandy and two days after it burned down. His piece, “The Silent Walk” shows a mother and her child walking along Beach 119th Street as they observe Sandy’s destruction after the storm. “Rockaway on Fire” shows firefighters trying to put out the blaze along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. “The Boardwalk After” shows a haunting photo of Rockaway’s boardwalk, stripped from its bearings.

There is a $5.00 suggested donation for the exhibit which runs through September 30th. Schor says that he’ll donate the money from the sales of his photographs to The Graybeards. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 11-4:30 p.m. and there are weekend hours available by appointment. Contact Lori Horowitz at 631-748-4196 for more information or to arrange a visit. A special closing event featuring music by acoustic songwriters will be held on September 27th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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