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A Closer Look: Mural restoration at Chestnut Ridge Park

Artist: Bernard C. Feldman // Work: Restored murals in Chestnut Ridge Park Casino

On Tuesday night, Orchard Park officials, art conservators and public art fans celebrated the restoration of five historic murals in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino that had been damaged by 65 years of fireplace smoke, dirt buildup and other damage.

The $40,000 project, overseen by art conservator and SUNY Buffalo State graduate Eileen Sullivan of Aurora Art Conservation, has brought new life to the naturalistic murals of artist Bernard C. Feldman (1889-1972), originally painted in 1948. Feldman, whose gold leaf work is visible in City Hall and other downtown buildings, also designed the poster for Buffalo's 1932 centennial celebration:

Here's a look at some of the restored murals, shot by The News' Robert Kirkham:

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut  Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

 

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut  Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut  Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

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Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

1001434776 Mural Restoration kirkham

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

1001434776 Mural Restoration kirkham

Recently restored mural by Bernard C. Feldman in the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

 

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