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The Friends of Morris Graves Museum recently hosted restorationist Peter Santino, right, and art historian/writer Gabrielle Gopinath, left, in a talk about the restoration of the 125-year-old mural work by Franz Bernau at Ferndale’s Church of the Assumption. Santino discussed the removal of the many types of coverings on the art of the walls, altar and ceiling of the church and what he added to enhance what he found. Gopinath spoke on the life of Bernau and shared some of the features of mural art he employed that were common at that time period, including many types of stenciled patterns. Their talk included many photos of how the work progressed. Santino encouraged people to visit the church, either during a service or by making an appointment. Friends of Morris Graves Museum hosts a local artist for bi-monthly talks and the public is always invited.

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