On July 12, Art for Change and the Rockaway Hotel hosted a cocktail party to honor artists Erik Parker, Alissa McKendrick, Alessandro Teoldi, and Hiba Schahbaz. The hotel, which has been known for its standout fine art program since it first opened in 2020, has since merged its patrons’ interest in the arts with initiatives focused on giving back to the community. The party celebrated the artists’ newest series of limited edition prints, which were commissioned by Art for Change and the hotel to support the water safety education initiatives of local non-profit Rising Tide Effect.
Party guests congratulated the artists and took in the rooftop’s legendary views over spicy cucumber watermelon margaritas (known as the Sharkbite, if you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood). Notables in attendance included: Harrison Tenzer, Kate Bock, Michi Jigarjian, Jeanne Masel, Elissa Levy, and Erika Umali.
Captions (clockwise from top left): 1. “Untitled,” artwork by Alissa McKendrick; 2. “Future Forecast,” artwork by Erik Parker; 3. Rising Tide Effect Founder Kate Krause addresses attendees; 4. Harrison Tenzer and Hannah Nutter; 5. Kate Krause, Alissa McKendrick, Alessandro Teoldi, Hiba Schahbaz, Sarah Haimes, Erik Parker, Jeanne Masel, Michi Jigarjian; 6. Guests celebrated over spicy watermelon margaritas; 7. Michi Jigarjian, Erika Umali, Baseera Kahn, Jeanne Masel, Kate Block.