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By Dot Bardarson
LOG Contributor 

Popular mural has appointment for facelift


Dot Bardarson.

The Mount Marathon mural on the Senior Citizens/Musuem building, deisnged by Susan Swiderski will be repainted on modern materials beginning Sept. 20.

The mural that is mounted on the north side of the Senior Citizen building is showing its age. The colors have faded. The mural was taken down in 4 years ago in an attempt to refurbish it. A core of dedicated artists re-painted some areas and the mural was re-mounted. But the plywood was buckling and the Seward Mural Society knew that the mural was dying. It’s been a popular one, so the time has come to completely re-do the Mount Marathon Race mural, using all new, more modern materials.

This effort will take place during the 2011 Seward Music and Arts Festival beginning Sept. 23. master artist, Susan Swiderski, has been getting the design ready for a re-do and plans on using a new, more colorful palette.

Dot Bardarson

Susan Swiderski

Seward murals are painted by volunteer artists. The Mural Society, an arm of the Seward Arts Council, is always looking for new talent. Volunteer artists can sign up at Ranting Raven until Sept. 22. The group is looking for other volunteers too, so if you are not an artist, you may want to help with priming (starting Sept. 20), cleanup, fundraising or join the planning meetings. There is much background work for which volunteers are needed who may not be comfortable wielding a brush.

As they begin to show their age, we want our murals to look their best. After all, Sarah Palin named us “Seward, the Mural Capitol of Alaska.” We have a reputation to protect and nourish.


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