Description 'The Rockville Links Club is a premier golf club located on the south shore of Long Island. For over 85 years, the facility has been host to some of the areas finest players' ... except if they are black or Jewish. Rockville Centre is my home town and the house where I lived for many years was just across the street from the racist club. Growing up as a Jewish boy, I remember peering through the fence wondering what was so special about the place. On the front lawn a black lawn jockey held a lantern and several yards away in the shade of some pine trees, the caddies waited in the early morning for the opportunity to work. One day, I spied a Jewish friend sitting on the bench waiting with the others. Later that week, he approached me at school. Blushing, he said; 'You ought to caddy there too; you can make some real good money.' I just shook my head. To myself, I thought: he was a like a Jewish slave who had crossed the Red Sea, but returned to work for Pharaoh on the weekends. People of color and Jews are still barred from membership at the Rockville Links Country Club; just as it is with many other private establishments throughout our nation.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)