Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Murals by artist Percy Manser (1886-1973), the beloved “Apple Shed Master” of Hood River, will be restored at The Dalles High School.
Jim Tindall, North Wasco County School District librarian, has announced a fundraising campaign to assist in the project.
Tindall wrote recently to the Hood River News that Manser’s “dry British humor and gentlemanly ways were adored by patrons of the arts throughout the Mid-Columbia. His works remain displayed in numerous public buildings and in many homes of our neighbors.”
Five of his murals are housed in The Dalles High School Library, a triptych of Celilo Falls, one of Mount Hood, and an agricultural scene. The Celilo paintings were seriously damaged by water last fall and insurance is enabling the district to restore these, contracting with Lucas Conservation Laboratory, the same expertise that allowed Wy’east Middle School Library to restore its three large oil paintings in 2001.
Troy Lucas will be restoring the Celilo murals the first week of January.
Meanwhile, the Education Foundation of North Wasco County School District is seeking funds to restore the other two murals, victims of some sun bleaching and 60 years of atmospheric grime. Questions may be directed to Tindall at home, 509-493-1035.
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