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16B Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Indian Valle), murali;t i00uixes it up to pe(ecti,00n I Alicia Knadler Last fall he used lag bolts With a little Sioux and a little Exeter, with one of his murals Indian Valley Editor and construction glue behind Choctaw in his background, that depicts harvest time for the wall, and a layer of a peel- Sidenstricker said he felt the Yokuts Indians, which stop glue-like product over the moved to smudge the mural was featured on a book cover Restoration of the Green- mural, each morning before he began for a commemorative issue of viile mural is a lesson in the He added a couple more his restoration work each day. the 1949 Handbook of Yokuts mastery of paint mixing and layers this year, before slicing He also enjoys listening to Indians. art conservation, into the areas where the paint the soothing sounds of Native The book, written by Frank Not only does artisan Mykal had already peeled. " American flute songs while he F. Latta, is available from Sidenstricker have to match He injected glue in those works. Coyote Press. the colors that late muralist peeling areas to keep the While watching from a Mykal Sidenstricker has Ben Barker used, he must take mural from degrading more. distance, one can tell he really been a professional artist for into account that the original That process is ongoing as enjoys his work. almost 30 years. paint has faded over time, and his work focuses on smaller "I'm just so honored to do it," He was an innovative and his newly applied paint will areas of the mural at a time, he said, and likened his work successful freelance illustra- fade as well. such as when he adds a tinted to salvaging a family photo tar, creative director, graphic It's a delicate mixing pro- primer in preparation for album that had been left out designer and webmaster for cess to find the perfect color painting, in the rain and damaged nearly almost 20 years in the Silicon that looks close enough for Visitors who stop by to see to the point of no return. Valley, where his creative now, yet will fade to a perfect him work might notice bits of "It's a special thing to be services.included corporate match over the next few years, blue masking tape stuck on able to do," he finished, and product identity, product It's taken him almost a year parts of the mural, such as on The restoration work is packaging, large display to get to the point of mixing the hound dog's back. being funded via the Indian graphics, design for print and colors though. Those bits of tape are mark- Valley Chamber of Commerce magazine ads, websites, multi- First, the weather-damaged ing places where he needs to and donations, media and 3-D animation. stucco-like wall had to be reat- inject a bit more glue. So far, about $3,000 in dana- When not painting he tached to the ancient brick The paints he is using are tions has come in this year, enjoys backpacking, writing wall of the old Bransford and high-end acrylics especially with large chunks from Plumas lyrics and poetry, or working McIntyre building, formulated for outdoor appli- Arts and the Indian Valley on an in-progress children's Due to damage after the cations. Volunteer Association. book. severe winter storms of 1992- He said people interested in More than $3,500 is still He also dabbles in a variety After first sketching the outline with pencil, artisan Mykal 93, the stucco had turned trying their hands at murals needed, though, of other professional arts, Sidenstricker uses black paint in a cartooning style that makes spongy in some places Siden- can shop for those paints such as screenplays, sculpture foreground objects pop. stricker said. at large craft stores like About the artists and some patent-pending Michael's or Ben Franklins. The late Ben Barker was inventions. "I'm using the best tech- a renowned muralist and For more information about nology available and lots of illustrator who taught art at Mykal Sidenstricker, visit his elbow grease," he said, bend- Lassen College. website at ing back into his work. He painted the Greenville To donate to the restoration Sidenstricker and his smol- mural in 1991, and two of his cost or for more information dering bundles of sage, wooden other murals are located m about it, call the Indian Valley flute, feathers and other Native Susanville. Chamber of Commerce at 284- American cultural items have There is also a mural in 6633 or visit become a part of downtown life over the summer. 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. II , ...... I II II I I LIVE LAND AUCTION Absolute auction with minimum bid of $145,000 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 hlghest bidder. Absolute auction with minimum bid of '80,000 Go to our website for auction details and rules:  OUTDOOR PROPERTIES PROPER71F The hound dog is painted in with primer and an iron line and ready to color in after the artist adds more glue behind the original paint at the tape mark. The process has taken about a week longer than ex- pected due to all the gluing needed to keep what remains of the old mural in place. The artist believes the job would have been faster and easier to start from scratch with the stucco wall covering and paint a copy the mural. Photos by Alicia Knadler