Work starts on Woodward Centennial Mural repainting

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Woodward muralist Dennis Adams is giving the Woodward Centennial Mural its third coat a paint in 34 years.

Woodward muralist Dennis Adams worked steadily through Saturday’s heat on a job he knows well because he has done it twice before.

Adams first painted the Woodward Bicentennial Mural in 1982 on the occasion of the city’s 100th anniversary. Twelve years later, he refreshed the images symbolizing Woodward, from the Native Americans and the bison on which they fed to the European sod busters, railroaders, factory hands and city builders who displaced them.

It has taken a further 22 years, but Adams is now applying a third coat to his monumental work, thanks to community boosters on the Envision Woodward committee, which raised $9,000 for the project.

“I’m glad they’re preserving my work,” said Adams. “The people of Woodward have a lot to be proud of.” He said the repainting will probably take him all summer.

Envision Woodward collected private donations to cover the cost of paint and the labor, and in February the Woodward City Council approved $2,000 in funding for scaffolding and a lift. The Myrna Reynoldson Mayfield Trust of Woodward awarded the project a $5,000 grants in May, bringing the repainting project to its fundraising goal.

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Woodward muralist Dennis Adams said he is working from west to east on the wall-sized mural.
Woodward muralist Dennis Adams said he is working from west to east on the wall-sized mural.

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