Rockaway artists mark anniversary of Hurricane Sandy with new show

Elizabeth Dooley's photograph reflects "Rebirth" in the Rockaway Artists Alliance new show Calm/Storm/Rebirth. Photo courtesy RAA

Elizabeth Dooley’s photograph reflects “Rebirth” in the Rockaway Artists Alliance new show Calm/Storm/Rebirth. Photo courtesy RAA

Like a lot of people who survived a traumatic incident, many Rockaway Artists Alliance experience the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after Hurricane Sandy struck.

Studios were destroyed and years of creations washed away with the storm surge.  Some artists became angry, others felt sorry for themselves, while still others become sick.

Now, one year after Sandy hit, the RAA has reopened its damaged gallery at Ft. Tilden with Calm/Storm/Rebirth. Works by 45 artists explore the days leading up to the superstorm, the aftermath of its destruction and the months since.

On Nov. 2, the RAA will screen the film “Seven Miles to Shore,” about Dylan Smith, the young man from Rockaway who saved residents during the storm on his surfboard. Smith died in a surfing accident months later.

The show runs on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 24.

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