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Pill Box mural in PG 1979

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Mary S Taylor

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:42 am    Post subject: Pill Box mural in PG 1979 Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Tribune, CA May 16, 1979
Dr. Still’s mural depicts history
By Jim Gold
“The historical motif” for the mural on the side of the Pill Box pharmacy on Central Avenue in Pacific Grove “was my idea,” says Dr. Richard Still. Dr. Still arranged for Irish artist Bernard McDonagh to paint the mural in 1968. Many of the preliminary sketches for the mural were shown by mail. When McDonagh finally arrived in Pacific Grove to paint it, the mural took six weeks to complete in Fresco style, in which the paint’s pigments were put in while the mural’s plaster was still wet. Attention to Dr. Still’s mural was renewed recently when Pacific Grove artist Kathleen Elvin proposed to paint a mural on the 275-foot Caribbean Hotel wall. Her proposal is known as the Pacific Grove Art Center’s Community Mural Project. The idea for Dr. Still’s mural was planted when he was in Bavaria during World War II. He says his memory of great murals on the walls of Austrian buildings and churches inspired him. Included in his mural are many scenes of state and local history. Father Serra at Carmel Mission, the Mission Trail, Indians learning to farm and mill grain, pioneers traveling west first by covered wagon and then by train after 1869, the 11th U.S. Cavalry protecting pioneer migrations, the 1949 Gold Rush, mountain trappers beside a California Golden Bear, surveyors mapping a vineyard, Colton Hall, the first California governemtn in 1849, the old Methodist Church in Pacific Grove, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Steinbeck, a painter with a monarch butterfly on his shoulder, Monterey Harbor, Custom house,t he first U.S. flag raising on July 7, 1846, China Point, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, New Roma sardine cannery, a fishing boat at dock, the Point Pinos Lighthouse, and the 1542 entry by Cabrillo in the Monterey Bay. Besdie the mural is a legend, written by Dr. Still, explaining the scenes. “The artist painted Steinbeck from a picture supplied by his siter who still lives in Pacific Grove,” Dr. Still says. But for the painting, he added a neck tie, something Steinbeck never wore, Dr. Still says. The building housing the Pill Box used to house a clinic run by Dr. Still. The Central Medical Clinic, now a medical corporation, is next door. After living theough too many Nebraska winters, Dr. Still says he came to live in Pacific Grove in 1948, 30 years ago. Some of the ideas for the mural came from the local planning committees, Dr. Still says; particularly the inclusion of the old Methodist Church. Although he can’t add to it now, Dr. Still says he would have liked to have included Bing Crosby and maybe Herb Caen; the San Francisco columnist, in the mural. Dr. Still called the proposal for the Caribbean Hotel mural “a great idea.”
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