Last week, local embroiderer and Ben Lomond-based California Sign Group proprietor Mardeen Gordon repaired a large mural that has decorated Second Harvest’s warehouse for many years.
The mural shows workers in fields of fruits and vegetables as well as other colorful Watsonville-specific details. The painting was accidentally torn and so Gordon, who is a master embroiderer, first repaired the tear before restoring the paint. The mural was originally painted by Ralph D’Oliveira in 1979 when he was part of the Tortuga Patrol, a group of artists who were known for their role in the California Chicano movement. Another well-known painting by this group can be found in the Gilroy Apartments. Incidentally, Ralph and Mardeen were acquainted.
Mardeen’s restoration was recently covered by the Register-Pajaronian’s photographer Tarmo Hannula. More photos of her work on this project can be viewed here. Examples of Mardeen’s embroidery can be found here.
Thanks for bringing this beautiful painting back to life!