14. Artist Naima Rauam Documenting The Fulton Fish Market
“Finest Fillet on Front Street” watercolor by Naima Rauam. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Artist Naima Rauam has been documenting the South Street Seaport in watercolor since the early 1980s. She once shared space with Meyer & Thompson Smoked Fish Company on Beekman Street, where she lived and worked alongside the cod and smoked fish. In 1984, the ground-floor sales area became her first studio. It was called “Art in the Afternoon,” since she could only paint and show her work after the fishmongers left. The building was sold in 1977, when she moved to the landmark Tin Building, where she painted until the Fulton Street Fish Market moved in 2005.
A decade after the relocation of the Fulton Street Fish Market, Ms. Rauam couldn’t let the year close without a nod to its history and the memories left behind. Her exhibit titled “10th Anniversary, Remembering Fulton Fish Market” is made up of her original watercolors, charcoals, pencil drawings and prints of the South Street Seaport area over the past ten years.
Night “Night at Fulton Fish Market” watercolor, Naima Rauam. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The exhibit is located at Fulton Stall Market, 207A Front Street, near Beekman Street, on view from noon to 6 pm through January 10. Her work can also be found in public and private collections including the Smithsonian Institution, National Air & Space Museum, American Merchant Marine Museum and many more.