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Donations and volunteers now accepted for work on City Hall artwork by Robert Thomas

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Roger Cooke mural 'Peaceful Vistas' took 280 hours to restore. Renovation of Sandy's beloved "Peaceful Vistas" mural by the late Roger Cooke is complete.

Now the Sandy Arts Commission is hoping to move quickly onto the Robert Thomas mural which has adorned City Hall for more than 20 years, and also to securing funding to preserve the town's public art for years to come.

"I feel it's important to preserve the art we have in Sandy, and a part of that is a preservation clear coat," Commissioner Becky Hawley noted.

When the commission began meeting, it identified three murals in need of renovation and preservation. The first, "Peaceful Vistas" is complete but in need of a clear coat. Thomas' work depicting the logging history of the area will be removed and touched up indoors this winter. The third is on the back exterior wall of Mountain Moka.

The Thomas mural, according to Hawley, is in need of removal of poorly aged materials, paint touch-up and a clear coat.

She is optimistic about the commission's future renovation work after the success with the Roger Cooke mural.

"I'm really proud that volunteers worked on the mural," she said. "We felt it was important to include people who wanted to be a part of it to make it a community project."

Volunteers spent 280 collective hours working on "Peaceful Vistas." The group included Arts Commissioners Becky Hawley, Pamela Smithsted and Marcia Morrow, local artists Micaiah Meyer and Vern Groff and other community members. ACE Hardware, owner of the building the mural adorns, donated a scissor lift and supplies for use in the renovation.

Donations of time, money and supplies will also be needed for the renovation of Thomas' work. The commission is also searching for a professional with an airless spray painting setup to apply the sealant to the murals, a grant writer and a researcher/writer to compile an inventory of the town's public art.

"We had tremendous support from the public driving by (while we painted the Roger Cooke mural) and we really appreciate the moral support."

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