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Spotswood Resident Seeks Missing Painting Done By Father

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Spotswood resident Stacy Remantas is seeking the whereabouts of this painting done of a borough woodshed in the early 1980s. It was done by her father, Peter, and was donated to the town library. Credits: Stacy Remantas
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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Longtime borough resident Stacy Remantas is hoping for the return of a missing painting done by her father, Peter, back in the day. Peter Remantas was a railroader with a passion for painting. After teaching a watercolor class sponsored by the Spotswood Recreation Department at the Spotswood Public Library in the early 1980s, he donated a painting he'd done of a woodshed that used to be on Brunswick Avenue. For many years, the painting was on display in the Main Street library in a back conference room.

Of course, it had been many years since Remantas was a frequent visitor to the Spotswood Library, but when she went in seeking the painting about four year ago, it wasn't where it normally hung. After questioning a woman at the circulation desk Remantas was told the painting was gone and it was probably sold at a yard sale since it didn't have a tag on it to return to the owner.

"I was thrown," Remantas said in a recent interview about the unusual encounter. "I didn't have a response."

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Remantas left confused and wondering if she should be angry. However, it wasn't until she found a photograph of the painting of the woodshed after her mother passed away as well that Remantas felt renewed inspiration to try and locate her father's painting.

"It kind of started out as a weird thing because I found a picture of the painting," Remantas said. "My dad has been gone a long time. It was something I really wanted."

Remantas vividly remembers her father's love for art and painting. She recalls him teaching a watercolor class at the Spotswood Public Library back in the day. When the class concluded, his paintings were left as a display for a couple of weeks. The woodshed picture stayed after the exhibit was taken down, donated by Peter Remantas. For years, it hung in the back conference room.

After finding the photograph of the painting, Remantas took to Facebook to try and find its current owner and hopefully reclaim the painting. The Facebook post was shared 76 times with many friends and neighbors commenting, but the post did not yield any leads as far as the current whereabouts of the woodshed painting.

C.L Quillen is the current director of the Spotswood Public Library. When asked, Quillen didn't recall the painting at all and felt it was before her time as Spotswood Public Library Director. She did remember some paintings being sent to the Spotswood Office on Aging shortly after taking over the library director position.

TapintoMilltown/Spotswood reached out to Spotswood Office on Aging Director Donna Faulkenberry. Faulkenberry also did noy remember seeing a painting fitting the description hanging in the Arlington Avenue Senior Center, but reached out to both the Spotswood Recreation Department and local seniors.

"Unfortunately, no one could remember anything about that painting or any paintings for that matter," Faulkenberry said via email. "I wish I could help! If I find anything else out, I will reach out immediately. The best of luck to this resident. I really hope she can locate it."
 
Spotswood Borough Administrative Assistant Cate Leedy became involved in the search for the woodshed painting at the request of Tapinto Milltown/Spotswood too. Leedy checked around the borough office even venturing down into the basement in the hopes the painting found its way to the Summerhill Road Municipal Complex and reached out to Jack Eichenlaub, the head of Spotswood's Cultural and Heritage Commission to try and locate the painting.
 
Her search of the Summerhill Road borough offices came up empty as well. Leedy is still waiting to hear from Eichenlaub regarding any information he might have regarding the painting.
 
Now that both of her parents are gone, Remantas would just like to locate the painting and have it returned to her family as a treasured remembrance of her father.
 
The missing painting is of a woodshed that used to be on Brunswick Avenue. It contains the label E. Donis Woodshed and was painted by Peter Remantas. Anyone with information on the woodshed painting can email Tapinto Milltown/Spotswood at dmiller@tapinto.net.

 

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