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Photo Credits: Deborah Uhl, Kate Hughes © 2012
Mural landscape with Omaha cityscape in center
This entire mural was painted in one week, and much of it at night due to the proximity of parked cars during the day. Three artists assisted in creating the mural: local Blair Art Educator, Angel Thomas, Objects Conservator from the Ford Conservation Center, Julie Parker, and Las Vegas Artist, Erica Deutsch, who painted the cityscape. Deborah despairs that the Great Wall painting, painted in the eighties, underneath the Faraway Lands mural was not in good enough condition to be saved and integrated into the new mural. The artist and client's intention for the new mural was to brighten the building and draw attention into the new restaurant housed within. O'Dining's menu brings in cuisine from Faraway Lands so we felt the subject of the mural was fitting. Deborah brought in her favorite subject, the Bristlecone pine trees, from Colorado's mountain tops, for the foreground and had them flow into the Omaha cityscape as the focal point for the mural.
Deborah Uhl, an Omaha native, is a Mural Artist and also a Mural Conservator. She travels the world working in and outside historic buildings and new ones. She leads crews of Artists and Conservators on large scale projects through her company, the Creative Conservation Collective, based out of Colorado. She conserved the murals in the Durham Museum and has restored theatre interiors including decorative curtains in West Point, Kearney, Scottsbluff, and Kimball.