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Re-discovered painting being conserved at U of Vermont

June 4, 2019
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Devin Colman, left, of the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation and Janie Cohen, director of the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, look at a painting of a prominent Lake Champlain geological formation, Tuesday June 4, 2019, in Burlington, Vt. The painting of the Rock Point Overthrust was created by Vermont artist Raymond Pease as part of the Public Works Art Project, which employed artists during the Great Depression. It was deliberately covered up in the early 1990s because officials didn't have the money to conserve it. Now plans are in place to move the painting and conserve it. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
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Devin Colman, left, of the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation and Janie Cohen, director of the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, look at a painting of a prominent Lake Champlain geological formation, Tuesday June 4, 2019, in Burlington, Vt. The painting of the Rock Point Overthrust was created by Vermont artist Raymond Pease as part of the Public Works Art Project, which employed artists during the Great Depression. It was deliberately covered up in the early 1990s because officials didn't have the money to conserve it. Now plans are in place to move the painting and conserve it. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A painting of a prominent Lake Champlain geological formation that was commissioned as part of a New Deal program from the 1930s is getting a new chance at public life at the University of Vermont.

The painting of the Rock Point Overthrust was created by Vermont artist Raymond Pease as part of the Public Works Art Project, which employed artists during the Great Depression.

It was originally displayed as part of a geological exhibit at UVM’s Fleming Museum. In the early 1960s, it was moved into an adjacent building that housed the geology department. In the early 1990s, it was covered up and all but forgotten because officials didn’t have the money restore it.

Construction workers found it last week.

Now it is being moved and it will be restored.

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