My sister asked me to change the colors of this statue in 2010.
This 18 1/2 inch statue was brought to the church by Marie Hallet’s family in 2009 upon her death and I was asked to repaint her and maybe someone from CWL would want her. Upon completion I thought it would be nice to offer her to Marie’s niece, Theresa Nielsen, whom we often saw bringing Marie to church or to our CWL events when Marie could no longer drive or make it on her own. I still have Theresa’s grateful Thank You card.
The Cross from the Crown on Mary’s head was broken off this statue and it was a challenge to make the correct size cross and get it to stay on. Some were too large or bulky. Eventually I supported it with a wire to reinforce it better to make it stay.
Mary from the Nativity Scene arrived with broken pieces. They wrapped silk around the base so it wouldn’t show the missing areas. However baby Jesus had a broken finger as well. Your eyes were drawn to the imperfection, so I was asked to fix them. I loved working on the Nativity set.
Mary “Seat of Wisdom” is the Caption on the Bottom of the statue. This is the First Large Statue that I worked on in 2005. It originally sat in a Church that closed in Cabana, Saskatchewan. My Sister-In-Law Pauline and Dave Dishko had her in the crawl space of their home in North Battleford, Sask. They had gotten it passed down in the family from an Uncle Maurice Chailliee. I offered to refurbish it and on completion, they graciously allowed me to keep her because she had such a place of glory in an alcove in our home. When we moved, I had another alcove built especially for her.
Susan Johnson had a statue she wanted me to fix that was very broken.
Linda Stuart asked me to refurbish this statue for the Office at St. Mary’s Parish in Red Deer. It only had minor chips and I added extra gold where a design was indented on the red part of the robe.
This Mary statue was a heavy cement statue that stood 27 inches high. I could barely lift it into the trunk of my car to refurbish it. She had sat outdoors for 15 yrs. in a garden on a farm near Caroline. 5 families in the church had gotten together so that they could get a group price of $35/ statue.