Post-Hurricane Sandy, the coastal areas of New York, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Queens have suffered massive devastation. While in other areas of the city, things seem to be back to normal, places like Rockaway, Queens are still trying to deal with the vast scope of Sandy's destruction. Lives have been lost, homes destroyed and businesses wiped out. Approximately 40,000 New Yorkers have been left homeless as a result of Sandy. The families most affected are some of this country's most vulnerable. Far too many residents of these areas are still struggling to rebuild their lives with limited public assistance. Reports coming out of New York's storm-struck Rockaway Peninsula have emphasized the lack of power in public housing blocks, the cold, the absence of food and supplies and the seeming neglect by FEMA and Red Cross relief efforts. Amid worsening weather conditions it is imperative that we provide further assistance to organizations throughout the greater New York-area that are helping the most vulnerable victims of the storm. For this reason artists and surfers from Rockaway, Queens to Red Hook, Brooklyn and further a field in L.A. have come together with the goal of raising money to help rebuild this coastal community by donating artworks for two major silent auction benefits held in New York and in L.A. this March.
Artists, galleries, collectors and dealers are invited to participate by donating artworks for auction and we invite everyone else to participate by attending our events or bidding for works online here. ROCKAWAY TO BK TO LA: ARTISTS AND SURFERS FOR SANDY RELIEF is a community-based, grass roots project initiated in Rockaway, Queens, one of New York's outlying communities, and a major haven for surfers and artists who live there, work there and surf there.
All proceeds will go to the ROBINHOOD SANDY RELIEF FUND and the GRAYBEARDS.
Rockaway to BK to LA has been made possible thanks to Sarah Belden Fine Art Advisory.