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16B Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter bzdian l0000alle00 , 00ura00ist J0000ixes it up to pe00ecti00n Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Restoration of the Green- ville mural is a lesson in the mastery of paint mixing and art conservation. Not only does artisan Mykal Sidenstricker have to match the colors that late muralist Ben Barker used, he must take into account that the original paint has faded over time, and his newly applied paint will fade as well. It's a delicate mixing pro- cess to fred the perfect color that looks close enough for now, yet will fade to a perfect match over the next few years. It's taken him almost a year to get to the point of mixing colors though. First, the weather-damaged stucco-like wall had to be reat- tached to the ancient brick wall of the old Bransford and Mcintyre building. Due to damage after the severe winter storms of 1992- 93, the stucco had turned spongy in some places Siden- stricker said. After first sketching the outline with pencil, artisan Mykal Sidenstricker uses black paint in a cartooning style that makes foreground objects pop. Last fall he used lag bolts and construction glue behind the wall, and a layer of a peel- stop glue-like product over the mural. He added a couple more layers this year, before slicing into the areas where the paint had already peeled. He injected glue in those peeling areas to keep the mural from degrading more. That process is ongoing as his work focuses on smaller areas of the mural at a time, such as when he adds a tinted primer in preparation for painting. Visitors who stop by to see him work might notice bits of blue masking tape stuck on parts of the mural, such as on the hound dog's back. Those bits of tape are mark- ing places where he needs to inject a bit more glue. The paints he is using are high-end acrylics especially formulated for outdoor appli- cations. He said people interested in trying their hands at murals can shop for those paints at large craft stores like Michael's or Ben Franklins. "I'm using the best tech- nology available and lots of elbow grease," he said, bend- ing back into his work. Sidenstricker and his smol- dering bundles of sage, wooden flute, feathers and other Native American cultural items have become a part of downtown life over the summer. With a little Sioux and a little Choctaw in his background, Sidenstricker said he felt moved to smudge the mural each morning before he began his restoration work each day. He also enjoys listening to the soothing sounds of Native American flute songs while he works. While watching from a distance, one can tell he really enjoys his work. 'Tin just so honored to do it," he said, and likened his work to salvaging a family photo album that had been leR out in the rain and damaged nearly to the point of no return. "It's a special thing to be able to do," he fmished. The restoration work is being funded via the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce and donations. So far, about $3,000 in dona- tions has come in this year, with large chunks from Plumas Arts and the Indian Valley Volunteer Association. More than $3,500 is still needed, though. About the artists The late Ben Barker was a renowned muralist and illustrator who taught art at Lassen College. He painted the Greenville mural in 1991, and two of his other murals are located in Susanville. There is also a mural in i / Exeter, ith one of his murals that depicts harvest time for the Yokuts Indians, which was featured on a book cover for a commemorative issue of the 1949 Handbook of Yokuts Indians. ! The boOk, written by Frank F. Latta, is available from Coyote Press. Mykal Sidenstricker has been a professional artist for almost 30!years. He was ian innovative and successful freelance illustra- tor, creatlve director, graphic designer and webmaster for almost 201years in the Silicon Valley, where his creative services icluded corporate and product identity, product packaging, large display graphics, esign for print and magazinelads, websites, multi- media an( When n enjoys ha, lyrics and on an in- book. He also of other [ 3-D animation. at painting he packing, writing poetry, or working rogress children's dabbles in a variety :ofessional arts, such as screenplays, sculpture and some patent-pending inventions. For more information about Mykal Sidenstricker, visit his website at mykal.biz. To donate to the restoration cost or for. more information about it, call the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce at 284- 6633 or visit indianvalley.net. Paint for the mural must be mixed for each color, in a shade that nearly matches the already-faded color of the original mural. If all Sidenstricker's mixing and matching goes according to plan, the new paint, once applied over the tinted primer, will fade to a perfect match over the next few years. I I] I LIVE LAND AUCTION Absolute auction with minimum bid of $145,000 i i i i i WHEN: Wednesday, September 15 Noon WHERE: Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Room 1981 Terminal Way Reno, NV 89512 Seller Reserve Auction Seller Reserve Auction Absolute auction. Will sell to highest bidder. Absolute auction with minimum bid of 80,000 ........  ...... ,., .. 'sl . : :i!! "'i ::;;O;i;i :;::;:#:::;:!::;:;!:;::;,U!.. ::: i;giii:#': !!:: i';!:i :: i i ::':: !!ii;::iii ....  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