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By Dot Bardarson
For The LOG 

Birdsall mural to grace KFNP building

 

Dot Bardarson | For The LOG

Sheila Morrow confers with master artist Byron Birdsall, to clarify the numbers on the acetate overlay that show the painters what colors to use for the mural that will be installed at Kenai Fjords National Park building in downtown Seward.

Every year during the Seward Music and Art Festival the Seward Mural Society sets up shop to paint a new mural. This year's mural will commemorate 100 years of the National Park Service, which selected as its master artist, Byron Birdsall.

He worked from photos sent to him from the park and created three watercolors.

The one that was selected for the project has a couple of kayakers in front of a glacier, expressing the title which is "Kenai Fjords: Where Mountains, Ice, and Water Meet."

Birdsall was on hand during the painting to help identify shapes and colors as the painters worked during the festival.

The aluminum panels had already been primed by a committee headed by Al Lamberson and Gary Cornwell. Susan Swiderski's group had transferred the design, a two day process.

The project itself was co-chaired by Jennifer Headtke and Dot Bardarson, working closely with park representative, Kristy Sholley. Painting volunteers signed up for four-hour shifts during the arts festival.

The mural consists of nine panels for an overall size of 12 feet by 24 feet. It will be mounted at the Kenai Fjords National Park building (Old Solly's) downtown at Fifth and Railway.

The mural will be clear-coated by Seward Auto Body Shop before being mounted next spring..

 

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