A documentary on the life and career of artist Helen Lundeberg will be screened Sept. 20 at the main branch of the Fullerton Public Library as part of a benefit for the planned restoration of a mural by the California painter.
Among her works was a mural depicting Southern California history, painted in the City Council chamber of Fullerton City Hall when it was dedicated in 1942.
After the city completed a new City Hall in 1963, the old building became headquarters for the Police Department. The former council chamber was divided into offices: parts of Lundeberg's mural were painted over, parts were destroyed with the installation of air and heating ducts and the rest was hidden by a new, lower ceiling.
Restoration of the mural--repainting of the lost portions with the help of vintage photographs--is the keystone project of Fullerton's centennial celebration this year. The $200,000 effort also will include restoring the former council chamber for use as a community meeting room.