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, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.