Letter: Admiration for Portland school murals

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I was glad to see Emily Parkhurst’s article on the Nathan Clifford School murals (“A new deal for art,” Jan. 11). As a former Clifford student and as a parent of two Clifford students, I greatly admired Ralph Frizzell’s WPA works. I just can’t let Emily’s description go at “a group of potato farmers in the field and some boaters out for a sail around the bay.” Rather, these were quintessential Maine harvest scenes: the former the fall Aroostook County ritual, the latter the bygone summer coastal stop-seine herring fishery. The hard-working men were all portrayed with a wonderful earthy dignity. I look forward to seeing the murals at Ocean Avenue School.

Philip H. Lee
Portland

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