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If the walls at Waite High School could talk, oh, the tales they could tell. Perhaps juicy tidbits about budding romances, worries over exams and college applications or what’s on the lunch menu.

The walls in a few of the school’s corridors at Waite speak for themselves through lively murals painted by students back in the 1950s.

Though the murals have generally stood the test of time, recent renovations at Waite meant the addition of new wiring, heating registers and ductwork. “Unfortunately, when they installed the conduit for the wiring, they ran it across the middle of the mural,” said Waite Principal Dave Yenrick. “The wall area around the HVAC ductwork had to be patched and repaired, which damaged the mural.”

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Carol Sicha, mural artist and Waite High School alumna,
used her talent to touch up hallway murals after recent
renovations.(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

Yenrick enlisted the help of mural artist Carol Sicha, a 1969 graduate of the school, to blend in the renovation work. “I was familiar with her work, and knew she’d do a good job,” he said.

Sicha, who studied art at Waite under teachers Kathy Genzman and John Wheeler, went on to study painting and graduated from Davis College with an associate degree in interior design. A resident of Whitehouse, she creates murals in residential and commercial settings and is a master of trompe l'oeil paintings that create imaginary scenes that fool the eye.

Before picking up her brush, Sicha visited the school, took some photos and created a plan for the touch-up work.

“I remembered the murals from when I was a student at Waite,” Sicha said. “I was glad to have the opportunity to restore the artwork. There are some areas where the paint is crackling, but is intact. For the most part, it’s all good now.”

“She did an excellent job – we’re very pleased,” Yenrick said, adding that Sicha received a stipend for her work. “In fact, we plan to have her back to complete a few other things.”

For more information about Sicha’s work, visit carolsichadesigns.com.

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