Our community suffered a great loss this weekend with the death of Peter Clark. Peter was an amazing human spirit who gave so generously of his time, talent, knowledge, words and love. Everyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with Peter, whether it was only once or as a longtime friend, was enriched by his clarity of words, deeds and vision. He was unwavering in his belief in truth and beauty. He was loyal to his creative voice and lived his life daily for 64 years as an active and dedicated artist.
He and his wife of 18 years, Antonia Adezio, built a home in Beacon five years ago. For the previous ten years they resided for a time in both Cold Spring and Garrison. Many will remember his antique shop on Main Street, Cold Spring, which was itself a work of art in how he selected what went in the shop and designed how it was placed.
Peter was the President of the Board of Directors at Garrison Art Center for five years. He was instrumental to the staff and Board in implementing changes to support its’ mission "to allow considered, creative ideas to be born, take shape and be shared with the community." Under his stewardship, GAC earned a statewide profile of excellence in serving the community through art and education.
Peter left GAC to shape a new vision; to create a successful, quality gallery, Collaborative Concepts, Inc., in the old McDonnell Atelier in Cold Spring. The first exhibition showcasing local Hudson Valley artists, was an enormous success. After the second exhibition, Collaborative acquired its own space on Main Street, Beacon, where it has been an important part of the revitalization of Beacon.
At a gathering of friends this past Sunday at Peter and Antonia’s home, everyone had such clear and present memories of almost every conversation they had ever had with Peter. Emerson wrote, "A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud." Our dear friend Peter Clark will be missed; our lives will be lonely, but we will keep his words and laughter in our hearts and his memory, vision and art alive in this world.
In addition to his wife, Antonia, he is survived by a sister, Darby Ann DeGarbo of West Palm Beach, FL; his mother-in-law, Madeline Adezio of Beacon, NY; brother-in-law, Paul Adezio of Hamilton Square, NJ; sister-in-law, Joanne Crissey of Tucson, AZ; and, several nieces and nephews.
He was buried Wednesday, March 5th at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York. Donations may be made in Peter’s name to either Collaborative Concepts or Garrison Art Center. A memorial is being planned for April.