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Mayor's Office Artwork Links Norwalk’s Past And Present

One of two works of art on display in the mayor's office.
One of two works of art on display in the mayor's office. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Riling was presented with two new pieces of art to display in his City Hall office, by the Norwalk Arts Commission.

They were donated by Jeffrey Price, owner of the Artists’ Market, and Aleksander Rotner, vice president of the Norwalk Camera Club. The framed pieces depict Norwalk in the past and present.

Riling recently used the two works of art as a visual aid when he spoke to a third-grade class that visited his office. He noted the differences between the past, as shown in the historic painting, and the present, and pointed out a problematic railroad bridge.

“These pieces capture the beauty of our city and as well as its history,” Riling said. “They are a perfect addition to the office of the Mayor of Norwalk. I am most pleased and grateful to our local artists, Jeff Price and Aleksander Rotner, for the execution of this vision of Norwalk.”

Price said, “The two photographs we created for the mayor’s office capture the beauty of last century’s Norwalk with the dynamic growth of our city has achieved more recently. It is exciting for me to show Norwalk as a vibrant urban center with roots of the past anchoring modern development.”

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the arts, and donated services from artists like Price and Rotner, the Arts Commission has reportedly been able to triple its resources. This has all been a part of the organization’s “Connecting the Arts with the Community” initiative.

The Norwalk Arts Commission has partnered with city departments and arts organizations to provide programs and services for the community involving art.

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