Historic Mission artwork to be restored
to the El Camino Real Chapter of Questers, the first of the Mission San
Luis Rey's two large, 7-by-10-foot oil paintings hanging in the
historic chapel will be removed at 1 p.m. today for restoration.
told you some time ago about the El Camino Questers' mammoth project to
restore the two priceless Mission oil paintings, and today the process
Questers, a local historical preservation chapter, has received a
number of donations from the public, as well as raised money through a
variety of fund-raisers, plus received a $5,000 grant from the
California State Questers, its maximum amount for a preservation and
Removing the first painting for restoration
is the Balboa Art Conservation Center of San Diego, which will be doing
the work. In 2001, the El Camino Real Questers authorized and paid for
a proposal from Balboa Art to restore the pair of paintings, "The
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary," and "The Resurrection of
Christ," by French artist Louis Trousset, (circa. 1878), which hang in
the Mission Chapel. Without treatment, the paintings would eventually
be destroyed by their many years of exposure to light and air
pollution. Cost estimate ranges from $17,000 to $19,000 for each work
"Once 'The Assumption' painting has been restored and
rehung, Balboa will begin work on 'The Resurrection,'" says Virginia
Brophy, president of the El Camino Real Questers.
have become quite a tourist attraction as more than 40,000 visitors
from around the world stop by the historic Mission chapel each year.
OLE' ---- The Oceanside Parks & Recreation Department and the
American G.I. Forum will cosponsor a Mariachi concert and dinner
scholarship fund-raiser from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Oceanside
Senior Center. The evening will benefit El Camino and Oceanside high
school AVID students. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
is an in-school academic support program preparing students for college
eligibility. The American G.I Forum has partnered with AVID teachers at
both high schools to see that four to five scholarships are awarded
each year. Providing the evening's entertainment will be a Mariachi
band from Chula Vista High School. The traditional Mariachi music has
its origins in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Cost will be $15 for
admission only; $25 for admission and dinner. The Forum has a goal of
raising $2,000 for the evening. For information, call (760) 435-5041,
or browse on the Internet at: www.ci.oceanside.ca.us.
---- Visual and performing artists and vendors take note: The 13th
annual Oceanside Days of Art will be held April 16-17 in downtown
Oceanside around the Civic Center Mall. Application deadline is March
25. Call (760) 433-3632 for information and application.
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