The Bridgeport News has caught on to the fact that Clarkson Street is a magnet for artists. A sidebar to this week’s page-one centerpiece on local artist Frank Iovino is piece on the street where he lives.
Wendy Nylen, who owns the Nylen Gallery in Westport, and lives next door to Iovino. His other neighbor is Will Blagys, an illustrator. Across the street is Harry Lauurie, an “avid art collector who has dozens of art works hanging on every wall of his house,” and a friend of Christo, the art installationist (is that a word? it is now) who assembled the Gates in Central Park five years ago.
Clarkson Street isn’t very long. It connects Fairfield and Gilman, bridging the commercial district with the residential area, and its houses are nice but unassuming. Which is really typical of most of Black Rock. Unremarkable on first glance, but very appealing to anyone who settles in and catches its vibe.