Group effort helps carvings get back on feet
September 30, 2020
Melissa Cheek has always appreciated public art and when she took over ownership of the Holley Market four years ago, she inherited a piece – a severely weathered carving of a miner that stood outside the store.
Once she got things running smoothly at the store, Cheek started thinking about two similar carvings she'd seen lying in the pavilion next to East Linn Museum, a restoration project that had never come to fruition.
All three had been carved by local artist Milton Dodge, now retired and living in Iowa.
"I always felt bad for those statues," Cheek said. "I was remembering how nea...