Obituaries – 06-06-2018

Geza E. Bankuty

Geza E. Bankuty, 91, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Budapest, Hungary, died May 24.

Arrangements were by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home in Bradenton.


Wayne L. Nield II

Wayne L. Nield II, of Canaan, New Hampshire, died April 20.

The only child of Wayne L. and Frances (Murray) Nield, he was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Baltimore.

A visual artist and historic preservationist, he held a bachelor’s degree in English and art from Towson State University and a master’s degree in American art history, with an emphasis on architecture, from the American University.

From 1978 to 1983 he was an instructor in the historic preservation program at Goucher College in Baltimore, teaching American architectural history and historic preservation.

He also served as a field historian and preservation planning consultant for numerous clients.

Many of his architectural photography projects from the 1980s, such as “Downtown My-town Comin’ Down All Around” (about the demolition of Baltimore’s architectural history), were incorporated into art installations that included sound, lighting, found objects and large, hand-colored photographs.

His creative approach to conservation issues led to significant artistic accomplishments, including “The Irish Shrine,” an homage to Baltimore’s Irish immigrants.

In the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, he spent his time in Florida, documenting the history of the threatened commercial fishing village of Cortez. Thanks to funding from a variety of sources, including the Florida Humanities Council, this documentation resulted in the comprehensive multi-media project, “Vanishing Cultures.”

All along, he also spent time on other creative projects.

By 2005, after fighting what he eventually came to consider a lost war (with a few victorious battles) in his efforts to preserve his Baltimore neighborhood, he settled into solitude in Tioga, Pennsylvania, a rural place in the Appalachian Mountains. There, he began to concentrate solely on painting.

When the fracking industry started to encroach upon the environment in which he was living, he decided in 2011 to visit friends in the Upper Valley. Among other places, he discovered AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was taken by the juxtaposition of a former factory building turned into a facility for contemporary art. In 2012, in order to be closer to what AVA had to offer, he moved to Canaan, New Hampshire.

In Spring 2014, a memorable exhibition of paintings from his “Wall of the Reliquary” series was featured at AVA.

A celebration of Wayne’s life will take place in Canaan June 30. Memorial donations may be made the American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals or to a local humane society.

He is survived by several cousins in Baltimore; by his beloved dog, Tink; and by close friends.

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