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Preservation and Restoration of a very cute 27 ft. mural, Animal Circus by Hubbel Reed McBride c.1940. Its lining and stabilization.

I can’t imagine that anyone would want to destroy such a quality painting and fun subject matter as this painting. I’d like to share the fun subject matter of a mural that was saved from demolition in Denver, Colorado.

Detail left side of mural

Animal Circus by Hubbell Reed McBride was painted about 1940, oil on canvas adhered to a wall (marouflage). It is super cute in all its details, even when looking at it up close. Do a Google search for “Animal Circus Murals” and look at “images.” You won’t find anything that comes close in quality or being so cute (for kids of course!).

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Art Conservation Restoration Expert? “Have you worked for any institutions?”

There are only a few labs in the world that can handle the lining of a 30 ft painting… we did three for the State of Texas.

A New York art dealer has a client that needs some art conservation help in Utah and after looking over my resume wrote me that, yes, they had seen where we’ve done work for the Fine Arts Museum in SF and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art but had we worked with any other institutions? So, I dictated for her a quick list off the top of my head:

“The City of San Francisco, New Asian Art Museum, numerous art galleries in San Francisco, The Oakland Museum, the Oakland temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the City of Monterey, Monterey Maritime Museum, Monterey Museum of Art, the City of Carmel, several historical houses in the Carmel Monterey area, the University of California at Santa Barbara Art Museum, The Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara Mission Archive and Library, the Santa Barbara Historical Society, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, numerous historical houses in the Santa Barbara area, Oxnard public library system, the City of Ventura, Bank of America Corporation in Los Angeles, the City of Westwood, the city of Santa Monica, Los Angeles Convention Center, the Jonathan Club, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, The City of Los Angeles, Caltrans, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the Getty Conservation Institute Special Projects Division, The University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, The Japanese American National Museum, numerous historical houses in the Los Angeles area, the Bowers Museum, the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, the City of Newport, The City of Laguna Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, the City of Las Vegas, the State of Utah, This Is The Place Monument in Salt Lake City, Brigham Young University, the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints headquarters in Salt Lake City for five different departments, Daughters of Utah Pioneers International Museum Plus several of their small town local museums, Fort Brigg El Paso Texas Army Base, Edwards Air Force Base in California, the Coast Guard exhibit center in Maryland, Fort Wood Army Base in Missouri, Port Hueneme Naval Base in California, The City of Cedar Rapids Iowa, the General Services Administration in Pennsylvania Washington DC New Mexico California Texas Georgia, The City of Dallas, the State of Texas, Texas State University, Texas Southern University, Fair Park Dallas Texas, the City of New Orleans…

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Thomas Fire and Mudslides- Saving Family Treasures

There are family heirlooms, art, antiques, family history items and treasures that can still be saved and preserved in very good condition in a house that is in this situation! Use care in the removal process. Their preservation can make all the difference for the owners in emotionally recouping from this disaster for years/decades to come. Wow, what a photo above!

Don’t know what to do, need help with questions about insurance claims? ProBono, expert art conservation advice.

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Smoke Damage Restoration of Artwork, Antiques and Collectibles

The Thomas Fire in the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas at the end of 2017 was classified as the largest wildfire (acreage) in the history of California. Over 1000 structures were lost in the firestorm driven by 40-70 mph winds in the backcountry which threatened densely populated areas prompting the mandatory evacuation of more than 16,000 residents with many more voluntarily leaving for more that a couple of weeks. Even though the fire was not driven into the cities, the wind blew smoke and ash onto 100,000s of local residents and polluted skies northward past San Francisco, 600 miles away. Fine Art Conservation Laboratories has a special division of services to offer to disaster response companies, insurance companies and directly to collectors and owners to help respond professionally to the care, restoration and conservation of artwork, collectibles, keepsakes and antiques: Here’s a quick video:

Just today we have processed a dozen or so requests for evaluations and inspections of smoked artwork, sculptures, family photos, model train sets, ceramics and collectibles… all of the cherished items that make up a family’s heritage and history.

Once such family has been in the railroad business for 4 generations and you can image that connection they feel with their family’s memorabilia! What a heartbreak to see the damage but what a wonderful moment to share with them how everything can be cleaned up to good and new.

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Cleaning a painting with smoke damage 30 sec video

Cleaning smoke damage from artwork, other framed items and collectibles is a service we routinely take care of. Paintings are often darkened by discolored varnish too. This gorgeous tonalist vintage painting, about 1920, by Granville Redmond  re-emerges from the darkness to its former glory. It glowed after we cleaned it and put the conservation grade varnish layers of it.

Questions about cleaning a painting?

Scott M. Haskins, Oriana Montemurro, Virginia Panizzon – Art Conservators

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Can Botched, Over-Restored Art (repainted) Be Saved? Clean an oil painting

Wonder Woman has been busy lately saving the world and now she’s doing art restoration on ancient statues at the Met and saving the world’s heritage too. I’m glad that she sees saving our heritage as an important work worthy of her time and she’s amazing at beating up the bad guys but would you want her “delicate touch” and “trained eye” to restore your artwork?! I don’t recall that education or experience being part of her training on the hidden lost island of Amazon Warrior Women.

BC and AC Wonder Woman low res

Lots of well-intentioned people think that restoring artwork is like “fixing” anything else. Art restorationists with a traditional craftsman background usually have no idea why they use certain materials or do certain techniques other than “that’s the way its always been done.” That’s always been a recipe for disaster. It is common that something horrific usually happens when do-it-your-selfers start restoring historical items (there are standards, guidelines, ethics to follow). Chief culprits are artists who think that because they can paint a painting, they can restore any painting. Their restorations can have severe consequences for the value of the artwork.

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Lining Large Paintings Highlighted by American Institute for the Conservation of historic and Artistic Works

An action photo of the lining process (art restoration treatment) of three 30′ paintings in this month’s header of the Facebook page of the AIC, highlighted the art conservation practice of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories. Independent art conservators are represented within AIC in an organization, Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP) and have businesses ranging from sole proprietorships to large companies, they provide support for clients such as artists, private collectors, galleries, corporations, museums, universities, and governmental agencies.

Lining Buck Winn AIC

September’s cover image features AIC Professional Associate Scott Haskins (left) of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, Inc., who is also a former chair (for 6 years) of the CIPP specialty group. In the image, conservation professionals are lining three sections of the the previously detached 280′ long mural by Buck Winn, “The History of Ranching in Texas”. The murals are in the collection of the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

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Seville Golden Age of Spanish Painting at the Museum of Fine Arts

By  Scott M. Haskins, Fine Art Conservator

I invite you to come along with me on a recent trip to Seville, Spain. On this trip I was hoping to see and expecting to see the exquisite paintings of the Spanish Golden Age of Painting (1500’s and 1600’s and even the 1700’s)… rooted in Sevilla. Infact, it could be called the Seville Golden Age of Painting because so many of the artists were from that city.

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Expert Historic Preservation Consultant On Extra-Ordinary Baroque Murals Hidden Away in Northern Italy

The magical art of illusion and perspective.

Restoration of historic murals of masterpiece quality.

Garda Lake has been a highly appreciated resort area since Roman times. On one side of the lake is Brescia and the other side is Verona, both centers of culture, cuisine, viticulture, tourism… and “ the good life.” The region around Garda Lake is one of the most varied and colorful cultural destinations in Europe for the highest quality artistic and cultural traditions, its natural resources and environment and its incomparable culinary traditions. The cultural traditions and heritage, music, cuisine and food products from this area of Italy are loved by all countries and have an international market.

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Rip Repair and Saving Historical Painting of Bishop Ranch Santa Barbara (Goleta) by Henry Chapman Ford

Historic Oil Painting from 1875 of Bishop Ranch- Glen Annie in Goleta, CA by Henry Chapman Ford saved from destruction

Scott M. Haskins, Painting Conservator

Bishop Ranch Glen Annie 1875 Santa Barbara 

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