Art/Place Gallery, which lost its spot at the Southport railroad station when it burned, will rise again from the ashes — and appear in downtown Fairfield.
Their new location restores 11 Unquowa Road to its former position as an art gallery. For years, it was Gallery 11, Ulla Surland’s very hip and well-respected spot near the Community Theater. Last I saw, she was working out of the artists’ lofts at the American Fabrics Co. (Bridgeport’s gain, Fairfield’s loss.)
But back to Art/Place. It was in a, shall we say, shabby chic location in the run-down but historic railway station for almost three decades. I used to catch the train to my job in NY at that station, and I remember the sign that thanked certain volunteers for its fresh coat of paint. It was dated 1978. And let’s not even discuss the bathrooms.
I’m sure the new staion is much nicer now, but it seems the restoration was cramping their style. The galley’s officials said they will open June 15.