This photo from Sunday’s Advocate captures artist Carolyn Lyngholm as she eyes the newly opened gallery inside the Old Town Hall in downtown Stamford this past Sunday.
She is framed by Delos Palmer’s 1934 mural “Dark Day in Connecticut.” More on that in a bit.
After years of planning and deliberation, the stately 1903 Beaux-Arts building was vacant since the 1980s, and then went under renovation for more than six years. It now open to the public and includes an art gallery.
Palmer’s mural depicts a candlelight meeting between Stamford resident Abraham Davenport, who was a state senator, and the governor on a day in 1780 that mysteriously went black. Fearing the end of the world, the House of Representatives decided to adjourn but the Senate, led by Davenport, continued working with the use of candles. Later it was determined that a massive forest fire had caused the blackout.
Oh, those silly house reps. Oh, those brave senators!
The gallery is being inaugurated with two-week art show, Cultural Connections, with a ethnically diverse selection 12 regional artists and photographers including Bridgeport’s own Yolanda Petrocelli.
The Stamford Advocate was there and created a story and slide show.
Photo: Keelin Daly/Stamford Advocate