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Father and Daughter Team Repairs Statues

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Religious statues are works of art that can also inspire. Over time, those images can fade or even break. A Dickinson father and daughter take statues that are in need of some TLC and restoring them to their original beauty, no matter where they come from.

One brushstroke at a time Pam Bares and her father Tony Volesky restore this statue.

"It's a challenge, and I love to take on challenges. I just enjoy doing it," says Volesky.

The two started restoring religious statues about 15- years- ago when their parish priest at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dickinson asked for some help.

"He just brought it on a whim," says Bares.

From there, word got out fast.

And as more projects rolled in from places like New York, Texas and California, it turned from a hobby to a way to heal.

"My mom was sick with breast cancer, and I think it was something that my Dad and I found that we could do together to keep our mind off of her sickness," says Bares. "And I think we used it as each statue was completed as a rung in the ladder for her to be better or stay with us longer."

When Bares and Volesky finish the statues, they head to churches all across the United States. But some stay right here in North Dakota like at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beach.

"I think it's so gratifying to see when they're done, see the customer's face. See how much they enjoy them," says Volesky.

Volesky does most of the restoration like cleaning and repairing any broken parts.

"The fingers are the hardest," he says.

That's when Pam takes over to add the color.

"I know they put lots of hours into cleaning and cleaning and cleaning, and then painting and putting the right colors in to just make it look rich and alive," says the business manager of St. John the Baptist Church Wendy Ekre.

Pam takes before and after pictures to show the transformation.

"The statues that come in, some are very old. They're even made with horse hair and straw, put together in the plaster. So, we have found all kinds of fun things and amazing historical things," says Bares.

She says it's connected her and her father to each other and to communities across the country.

"The people, like in Texas, they sent pictures. It actually went through a parade to the opening of this new Church and everything so that was kind of exciting," she says.

Bares and Volesky are booked two to three years out. They're not taking any new orders until they can chisel away at the projects they're working on now.

The two had a website for their business, but they had to take it down because they received more orders than they could handle. Some of the statues they repair are worth up to $20,000.

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