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Art Conservation Forensic Analysis Of Wall Decorations In Burned Out Historic Building


Art Conservation Forensic Analysis Of Wall Decorations In Burned Out Historic Provo Tabernacle Assists In The Recreation of Historic Details In New LDS Provo City Center Temple (excellent new video at end of article)

Provo Tabernacle Burns in 2010

Provo Tabernacle 2010

The burning of the much used and much loved LDS Provo Tabernacle (conference and performance center) in December of 2010 was a shock for the community and all those that knew the Provo, Utah area.

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Painting Restoration and Conservation – Chapman College in Orange County- Hilbert Museum of California Art


Professional painting restoration and conservation is a valuable service that is often searched for by asking for referrals from esteemed art dealers, museums and auction houses. But sometimes, the referral is no better than simply asking your hairdresser, depending if the person is referring you to a “friend” or a real professional who, not only, knows his/her stuff but also runs a quality professional business.

After several trial and error relationships, we were recently gratified to hear from a major collector in Orange County who was not satisfied with past restoration referral and services. Lucky for him, Mark Hilbert received glowing referrals from two quality businesses in Southern California; Redfern Gallery in Laguna Beach (http://www.redferngallery.com) and from Scott Levitt at Bonhams Auction House in West Hollywood (http://www.bonhams.com) to call us at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories who regularly provide service throughout the southland. See short video:

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Click on photo to see video

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Art Conservation Training in Italy – A tribute to Laura Mora


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During my years of acquiring a masters degree level education in art conservation of paintings (easle paintings and murals) at ENAIP in Italy (1975-1978) our Lombardy Province government sponsored program was in collaboration with the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (ICR), the Rome based Italian National art conservation lab. The various satellite centers to the head lab in Rome were overseen by ICR directors Laura and Paolo Mora (passed away in 1998). Laura’s passing in May of this year and the recent tribute in the Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter brought to mind those exciting days of my education.

I remember meeting with Mrs. Mora many times under her tutelage both theoretical and practical. She was always thorough, professional, available to teach and with a sense of humor. I remember her saying that “I love Paraloid B72 (an acrylic resin) so much that I’d put it on my breakfast toast.”

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Hopeless Smoke Damaged Oil Paintings Given New Life – 3 Valuable Tips


By Annia Bonifaz, Guest BloggerAnnia Bonifaz

Responding and taking care of smoke damaged paintings, art and antiques is a job or need with which you will require expert, professional help. This

Smoke Damaged Office with Artwork

Smoke Damaged Office with Artwork

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Mural Restoration Expert Consultation


FACL travels nationally to discuss and undertake mural conservation projects. Here’s a testimonial from a small project in Western Texas

For our mural capability statement:

http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/mural/

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Professional Art Restoration Painting Conservation Door to Door Service


“Consultation at home or office at no charge?!?!”

“You pick up and deliver?”

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Cowboy Rodeo WPA Mural To Be Removed_Art Conservation Consultation and Painting Restoration in Texas


While I enjoy the high profile jobs with important or even famous artwork I LOVE to work with small communities to save their public art. This art is often very important to the locals… maybe the only historical art in the community. Such was the case in the town of Lamesa Texas that has an old post office that is slated for demolition.

I’m often asked, over the phone or by email, “How much does it cost to remove a mural from a wall.” Well, we may be experts but giving an estimate a 1000 miles away from the project, sight unseen is beyond the magic that we like to perform. Perhaps they ask me for this quote because they think its a construction type bid that has a standardized catalog of hours and costs per square foot much like putting up wall board or running electrical wires. Not so.

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Authentic WPA Mural of “Old West” Art Conservation Consultation and Project Planning


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In South Central Utah among the red earth table top landscape filled with dinosaur bones, there is an old coal mining town with a surprisingly good quality WPA mural.

dinosaur skeleton in Price Utah

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Mural Conservation Consultant – Travel with me to see hidden and secret places!!


Have you ever thought about how art conservation and especially painting restoration of old works of art help us to look back in history? Think about how much info we get about old architecture long lost, old and ancient clothes and fashion,? I love the message of the movie, Monuments Men!! Do you love art, history, old movies, travel, vintage collectibles and antiques, old-classical-European architecture? You will LOVE the short behind-the-scenes videos embedded this article!

As a professional art-painting conservator, Oh! The places I go (and the people I meet)… that sounds like the title of a Dr. Seuss book… but its the truth. In fact, I even have Italian friends (from Italy!) that say they want to tour Italy with me and see and go where I go. So… I’m about to share a very interesting trip with you and show you some places you can’t get into, behind the scenes, to see wonderful art you may never see.

In order to “set up” the second video for you, let me show you a short video, first, about an art exhibition that was open to the public. People that connect with me though Facebook and my blog seemed to like this video a lot. This art exhibition was in Rome and was about some of the most famous Venetian Baroque painting artists:

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Meeting with Our Art Conservation Colleague In Barcelona, Spain


 

Nuria Pique, painting restorer for Museu Frederic Mares

Nuria Pique standing in front of Museu Frederic Mares for which she provides art conservation services and, in fact, did the painting restoration on the painting in the advertisement.

 

I’ve just had the pleasure of going to Barcelona, Spain to exchange a visit with our (FACL’s) recent visiting painting conservator, Mrs. Nuria Pique. At the end of last year we were fortunate to have Nuria work with us in our Santa Barbara lab to help us with our work load and to exchange art restoration techniques.

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