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Exhibit: Tissiack: Yosemite Fall Mural


Tissiack: Yosemite Fall Mural

William Poulson’s Tissiack is a stunning depiction Yosemite in the Fall, featuring a view of Half Dome during sunset. “Tissiack” is the Ahwahneechee American Indian tribe’s name for Half Dome. The mural, which stands over 8’ wide by 14’ tall, was completed in 1989, after two full years of design and construction. The mural was created using a traditional method with leaded glass and copperfoil, reinforced with steal, and contains over 2200 pieces of glass that were carefully hand selected by the artist from glass distributers across the United States. Tissaik was previously on display in at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park from 1989, and at the Yosemite Visitors Center in 1990 for the Park’s Centennial Celebration.

William Poulson was born in 1941 in Oakland, California and grew up in Castro Valley. He left college in 1962 to become a journeyman carpenter, and worked in the building trade for over 20 years. William has had his studio and art gallery in Arnold, CA, for 29 years. He uses his carpentry skills in designing and building fine furniture pieces, which are in several galleries in California and New Mexico. His unique glass creations are on display in homes, churches and hotels throughout the world.In 1986, William Poulson was inspired to begin a project that captures the beauty of the Yosemite Valley in four glass murals to represent each season. The Fall and Winter Seasons are complete, and he is presently working on the Spring Mural.

To learn more about William Poulson and the Four Seasons of Yosemite Mural Project, visit

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