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Mural coming back to life

WARRENSBURG The artist working on the historic mural in Warrensburg has driven by it hundreds of times, hoping that someday she could restore it.

Mary Lovendusky has painted murals for Disney, Universal Studies, Six Flags and Hard Rock Cafes, and even traveled to Japan to work on a theme park mural there. She lives in Warrensburg, and was chosen by the Warrensburg Historical Society to restore the mural painted originally by Eva Cockcroft 30 years ago.

Before starting to restore the paint, Lovendusky first has to clean 30 years of dirt off the wall.

Over time the binder breaks down and the paint becomes chalky, she said. I would have guessed that the paint would be faded, but theyre exploding as I clean.

Lovendusky said her goal is not to change the mural, but paint where it needs it and seal it.

As primitive as it might be, its a treasure and is an historic piece of art that Warrensburg owns, she said.

Historical society President Steve Parisi said the mural should be completed within five or six weeks, weather permitting. The mural is on the side of the Warrensburg Historical Museum, which is in the process of being renovated by the town while the historical society works on the exhibits.

Were hoping to open next year, Parisi said.

He said that the mural will not change during its restoration, and is copyrighted.

Evas heirs actually own the work, he sid. She had another mural painted by the children in town on the former grocery store where the health center is, and it was quite controversial. The mural was painted in the early 70s at a time when the country was becoming aware of pollution, and the mural asked the artistic question, will we have a clean river or a dirty river, with both scenarios depicted on the mural.

Warrensburgs town fathers werent happy that Warrensburg was being portrayed as a polluter, Parisi sid. In fact, the towns factories had polluted the Schroon River and raw sewage was still escaping into the river at that time.

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