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Catalog Number 2013.077.390
Object Name Article
Scope & Content THE SEATTLE TIMES ran a photo article titled "Carving out a happy retirement". Paul and Mary Luvera are shown in a photo demonstrating "their totem pole carving and painting technique outside their Anacortes home" at 2102 9th Street. The article tells how their retirement activity began as a wish by Mary Luvera to have a totem pole in her yard. The first efforts were poor, but Paul Luvera kept working at his craft and eventually started selling his totem poles. In 1977 he charged $125 a foot, about half of what British Columbia Indians were charging; Luvera explained that although "his are careful recreations of authentic Indian poles, they are valued less because he is not an Indian." Mary Luvera did all the painting of the poles, but refused to use more than seven colors on a pole as they "get too busy".

"Luvera also carves cradles and grandfather-clock casings and miniature poles and statues. Mrs. Luvera spends much time with various types of needlepoint learned from her mother, and hooking rugs."
Title Luveras in retirement
Caption Luveras in retirement
Date 1977/01/22
People LUVERA, Paul, Sr.
LUVERA, Mary Thelma BABAROVICH
Search Terms THE SEATTLE TIMES
retirement
article
totem poles
paint
1977
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Communication - Newspaper
Art