Virginia Man Restores Grandeur of Forgotten Art

By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner

In the late 19th century, a German artist by the name of William Frederick Rupp made his way along the Shenandoah Valley creating works of art in churches and houses of the well-to-do.

In the early 21st century, a Virginia artist is following in his footsteps.

“It’s like doing an apprenticeship with someone who is long gone,” Tom Thomas of Fine Line Architectural Detailing of Harrisonburg said.

Thomas is working to restore a ceiling mural painted by Rupp in the home owned by Louise Williams Davis in Fisher.

“This was a way to impress your friends,” Thomas said. “They didn’t have big-screen TV’s in those days, so ceiling murals were a sign of your status.”

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