2013-11-01 / Community

Rockaway Artists Alliance Opens Calm/Storm/Rebirth


RTC performed and visitors, including singer Patti Smith, took in the artwork at RAA’s Calm/Storm/Rebirth. RTC performed and visitors, including singer Patti Smith, took in the artwork at RAA’s Calm/Storm/Rebirth. The Rockaway Artists Alliance opened its new Calm/Storm/Rebirth at their T-7 Gallery with a special program on Sunday, October 27th.

The exhibition traces the experience of Hurricane Sandy through the work of more than 40 artists and more than 100 works of art. The work runs the gamut from painting to sculpture to assemblage, original song lyrics, photography and more.

It is designed so that viewers can walk through the before, during and after phases of the storm. Some were visibly moved by the exhibition.

A high point of the very well attended reception was a performance by the Rockaway Theatre Company.

RTC accepted the invitation from RAA to part of this special exhibition’s launch and performed five numbers.

More than two dozen RTC dancers, singers and musicians and even puppets recreated vibrant performances from their “Rockaway CafĂ© 2013-The Comeback,” itself a moving tribute to the storm and its aftermath in the Rockaways and Broad Channel.


Photos by Jessica Schulman, Jonas Mlenak and Dan Guarino. Photos by Jessica Schulman, Jonas Mlenak and Dan Guarino. Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder also addressed the gathering.

On Tuesday, October 29th, RAA opened its doors for A Night of Reflection. The community was invited to mark the one year anniversary of the hurricane, to remember and be together. Music was provided by the Art Strings Ensemble quartet and more than 100 people attended.





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