Photo Credit: 
Rebecca Copley
Ivan Curley: Signpainter
Monte Vista, CO

Retired signpainter Ivan Curley recently had the opportunity to show of his expertise by painting new letters on a local tavern's front window. Municipal records show that original owner of the building was a woman named Lillian Fassett, something that the current owner wanted to highlight with the new hand-painted letters. Curley actually helped paint the north window on the Fassett building many years ago when it was a clothing store. The painting technique he used on the most recent letters begins with yellow paint dusted with ground bronze. After that yellow paint dries, he adds a black drop shadow and finishes with a clear coat to protect the letter from the elements.

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