Brush with history: Painting brightens Fairfield RR depot renovations
Updated 1:01 pm, Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Peter Clarke, an art teacher in the Fairfield public schools for many years, put brush to canvas to depict many of the town's historic buildings.
"He was actually quite a gifted artist," said Peg Nemec, who was a principal at just about all of Fairfield's schools at one time or another. "He specifically worked in watercolors, and, when he retired in 1985, he continued to be involved in painting programs in Fairfield County."
One of those paintings by the late artist -- the eastbound depot at Fairfield's downtown train station -- was given to Nemec as a gift. Now, many years later, Nemec has passed along the painting to the Parking Authority, which recently was placed in the eastbound terminal.
Parking Authority manager Cindy Placko said Clarke's painting -- hanging above the taxi dispatcher's desk in the depot building -- is appreciated.
"It's kind of fitting," Placko said. "We were doing some renovations in here and this was the icing on the cake."
Placko said the watercolor was re-matted and framed before it was hung.