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Plaque to recognize late Roger Cooke, volunteers' restoration work to be unveiled on Aug. 8

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY ARTS COMMISSION - Multiple local artists volunteered to help restore Roger Cooke's 1993 mural 'Peaceful Vistas' on Meinig Avenue last summer.  Last summer, more than 280 hours of volunteer labor went into restoring Sandy's well-known "Peaceful Vistas" mural, which adorns the back wall of ACE Hardware facing Meinig Avenue.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, the artists and members of the Sandy Arts Commission will host a socially distanced ceremony to honor the work that went into restoring the late Roger Cooke's work and unveil a commemorative plaque recognizing the artist as well as last summer's restoration.

The event will be held in the parking lot across the street from the mural, at the corner of Meinig Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard. Sandy Arts Commissioner and event organizer, Becky Hawley, assures there will be "plenty of space provided for distancing, both in the lot and on Meining."

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Pamela Smithsted and Becky Hawley, members of the Sandy Arts Commission, volunteered 220 hours to paint and restore the Peaceful Vistas mural last summer. "Much of the original paint had been lost," Hawley said of the condition of the circa 1993 mural before restoration. "The entire mural was repainted, except for the artist's signature, which was left untouched."

Commissioners Becky Hawley and Pamela Smithsted led the project, donating 220 hours of their time to paint and restore the mural. Artists Marcia Morrow, Micaiah Meyer, Vern Groff, Lori Putman and Taylor West also volunteered hours to paint.

Ernie Brache, from AEC, loaned the use of a scissor-lift for the duration of the project. John and Allison Milward, owners of ACE Hardware, furnished supplies and accommodated the volunteers.

"We're hoping friends and family members of Roger Cooke will come," Hawley said. "It's important that public art in the community is appreciated in our community. I think it's appropriate to show respect for the public art and the artist, (and) this is our way of acknowledging the volunteers."

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