Murals and Restoration Gallery G: St. Joseph's Cathedral

To date, I have not personally seen the final product of this project. Evergreene simply assigned me to work on the ceiling panels that now adorn the ceiling of St.Joseph's Cathedral in Wheeling, West Virginia. A van sent by Evergreene pulled up one day and delivered several hundred of these panels to the home I was then living at in Takoma Park, Maryland. The panels must have been installed originally in the late 1800s. They were all burlap squares and the paint was just barely hanging on. Tom Moore and I went out and bought new canvas and I spent an entire winter tracing the original designs and re-painting them on new canvas squares.

Here you can see some of the process at work, as well as some of the original squares. Because there were so many, I sometimes had to lay them on the floor, and my faithful chow chow dog Zoe would occasionally step on them and leave painted paw-prints, which, of course, I had to paint over, but they, like her, are up there somewhere. Seeing these images of the final product, recently taken by my brother Mike, I recognize each and every pattern. We have speculated that there are some Asian religious symbols in there. If anyone knows the story behind the art of this cathedral, please contact us to let us know about it.


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