Priceless New Deal mural from former Ukiah Post Office is returned to the city — in the mail


Ukiah Daily Journal: The city of Ukiah got an early Christmas present this month when the mural that used to hang in the former downtown Post Office was finally returned.

“It came in the mail in a big tube,” said Tami Bartolomei, Community Services administrator for the city, explaining that she did not open the package, but immediately gave it to someone with much more experience in dealing with valuable works of art.

“Thank goodness we have the experts at the Grace Hudson Museum to oversee the process,” Bartolomei said.

Those experts include museum Director Sherri Smith-Ferri, who said that the mural was “only painted on canvas, so it was rolled up and shipped to Chicago” when the United States Postal Service closed its location on North Oak Street in 2012 and put the building up for sale…

Smith-Ferri said the USPS paid for the restoration of the mural and to have it returned to Ukiah and installed.  Read more.