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Postcard Art Takes a Look Back at Norwalk

As owner of the Artists' Market , Jeffrey Price is always on the lookout for pictures of Norwalk, but he's often disappointed. "The artistic legacy isn't as rich as it should be," Price said. "You've got these beautiful murals here in town, but there isn't enough artwork that tells what Norwalk is and what the history of it is."

So Price zeroed in on old postcards, the "original pictures that made it look beautiful and tourist worthy and interesting." He used Photoshop to make a South Norwalk scene larger. Intrigued and encouraged by Ed Isaacs , he continued and made it into a series, now being shown in City Hall.

"Here and Gone: Pictures of Our Past" is the first exhibit in the new Mayor's Art Gallery, which makes use of the hall space outside of the mayor's office.

"We're thrilled that Jeffrey Price has curated the first exhibit and donated the prints to the city," said Jackie Lightfield , chair of the Arts Commission. "I think it's important that when you look at the arts community within the city that we also pay heritage to the cultural district, and that these are the city's best. And the way they presented it it's cool."

"These are vintage views of Norwalk, which have the feeling of 'Wish you were here' because they were originally postcards sent by people who visited Norwalk in the 1900 to about 1940. That seems to be the postcard era," Price said. "I think you have a nostalgia for that, but it also gives you the sense of community that we want to bring back."

Lightfield expects three or four exhibits a year in the new gallery space, which is available for free to the public.

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