Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Art/Place Gallery To Move From Southport Depot

SOUTHPORT -- Since the Southport Railroad Station reopened in February almost a year after a fire nearly leveled the westbound depot, something has seemed out of place.

For 27 years prior to the fire, Art/Place Gallery rented space in the station to display and sell original work by area artists.

But in a letter to the Fairfield Parking Authority last month, Dave Pressler, an artist and liaison for Art/Place, formally declined the panel's invitation for the gallery to move back into the newly renovated space and requested a letter acknowledging the lease's termination. "This decision is based on our inability to function as an art gallery in the state of Connecticut's reconstructed building," Pressler wrote in his May 6 letter.

About $2.4 million was spent on a historically accurate restoration of the fire-damaged station building, which dates to the late 1800s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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