To the editor:
This is an open letter to all fans of artist Percy Manser (1886-1973), the beloved “Apple Shed Master” of Hood River, whose dry British humor and gentlemanly ways were adored by patrons of the arts throughout the Mid-Columbia.
His works remain displayed in numerous public buildings and in many homes of our neighbors. Five of his murals are housed in The Dalles High School Library, a triptych of Celilo Falls, one of Mount Hood, and an agricultural scene.
The Celilo paintings were seriously damaged by water this past fall and I am happy to report the school district’s insurance is enabling us to restore these, contracting with Lucas Conservation Laboratory, the same expertise that allowed Wy’east Middle School Library to restore its three large oil paintings in 2001.
Troy Lucas will be restoring the Celilo murals the first week of January.
This is to alert those in Manser’s camp that the Education Foundation of North Wasco County School District is seeking funds to restore the other two murals, victims of some sun bleaching and sixty years of atmospheric grime.
Questions may be directed to me at home (509) 493-1035.
Jim Tindall, District Librarian
North Wasco County School District