Niagara Gazette —
When those plans move forward, he will begin pulling the strings to weave a trail together, so that people from around the world can come to visit the unique and colorful murals.
Slawinski’s artworks grace many area public buildings, schools, churches and hospitals— where Gessner worries changes in leadership and short institutional memory could endanger the murals.
The existence of a Slawinski Art Trail, he believes, would immediately raise the artist’s profile and thereby safeguard the survival of his work.
The passing of time doesn’t worry Gessner, but he is determined to make progress in bringing Slawkinski the notoriety he feels the artist deserves. “It has to be done while there is someone who is cognizant and interesting in doing it,” he said. He’s in his early 80s but doesn’t plan to quite any time soon. “I’m still here and I’m happy to do this.” In the meanwhile, the maiden waits, her face and story frozen in time while her colors continue to fade, in a backyard on Buffalo Avenue.
To contact Dr. Peter Gessner about his efforts to save the sgrafitto, call 634-5053.