Mural re-dedication is slated Nov. 4 -- In conjunction with unveiling of seven Artery panels

Monday, October 30, 2006

EUREKA SPRINGS -- A re-dedication of the Centennial Mural and the debut of seven additional Artery panels is set for noon Saturday, Nov. 4, in Eureka Springs, followed by an open house at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.

Events will take place at the Artery, the mural, the museum, and at the New Dehli Cafe, with its live music beginning at noon. All are located on Main Street.

The 2006 Artery artists whose work will be unveiled include James Yale, Bill and Dixie Westerman, Don Underwood, Melissa Bokker, Charles Pearce, Erae Smith and Chuck Chapin.

Following the Artery and mural unveilings, the museum open house will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m., upstairs in the Art Gallery, which showcases local artists of earlier times.

The works of the original mural artists will be featured, including Louis Freund, Don Kennett, Dorothy Marie, and Betty Rotramel. Also in the museum gallery are sketches and original mock-ups of the Centennial Mural.

The 2006 mural restoration artists will be on hand to discuss the restoration, which is under the supervision of Norton Arts Fine Arts Conservators. They include Randy Rust, Sue Paek and Carol Peacock.

The Eureka Springs Historical Museum was one of the donors to the Centennial Mural restoration project, utilizing funds from the Louis and Elsie Freund Endowment for the Arts of Eureka Springs.

The Eureka Springs Historic District Commission is the other major local donor. Local in-kind donations were made by the Basin Park Hotel and the Cross Family Trust. The remainder of the mural funding came from grants from the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with funding for the mural artists of the future, Carroll County art students, donated by the Youth Advisory Council of the Carroll County Community Foundation.

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