Update Historic Paintings of California Missions by Edwin Deakin in the Santa Barbara Mission Archives and Library

Art conservation treatments are in the process. An update is posted after the newspaper article below…

The restoration of 22 gorgeous high quality historic paintings of the California Missions by Edwin Deakin in the Santa Barbara Mission Archives and Library (SBMAL) are underway. Director, Dr. Monica Orozco, heads up the efforts with the help of Scott M. Haskins of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.). This article by Elizabeth Stewart brings you up to date:

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March 18, 2015

Painting conservation treatments have been proceeding systematically on a schedule over approximately the last 12 months. Two receptions/open houses have been held at the Archives to inform patrons, members and donors to the project and the response was very enthusiastic. At these receptions, completed works were shown next to painting that were yet to be cleaned, therefore offering an opportunity to compare. Art conservation staff was on hand to tell stories, explain processes and answer questions. Scott M. Haskins spoke to the groups of about 100 people at each event with background info on this wonderful collection of art and a review of other collections of paintings of the Missions of California by Henry Chapman Ford and William Sparks.

Videos of the processes are currently being made and a review page of the project on this website will be established in the future. The completion of the project is estimated to take place by the end of August 2015.

Questions? FACL and Scott Haskins provide the highest quality art conservation/ painting restoration services recognized nationally. 805 564 3438

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Edwin Deakin's Carmel Mission

San Carmello Borromeo Mission by Edwin Deakin

Open House to Review Painting Restoration of Missions of California by Edwin Deakin

SBMAL Reception for Edwin Deakin Mission Painting's Art Conservation

About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/
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25 Responses to Update Historic Paintings of California Missions by Edwin Deakin in the Santa Barbara Mission Archives and Library

  1. Emily Joness says:

    Thank you for the virtual tour of the Historic Paintings of California Missions

  2. Maggie Hanson says:

    Another great job! Learning how these paintings can be saved has been a pleasure of mine the last few years! Thank you for sharing your successes!

  3. Tom Lester says:

    Absolutely enjoyed learning about art restoration. Thank you for taking your time to show us your magnificent work too.

  4. Harvey Johnson says:

    I’ve had the pleasure to have a look at the murals being restored by fine art conservation at the Cedar Rapids city hall. Mr. Haskins and his crew are real master restorers.

  5. Gren Farhen says:

    We are so excited to see this collection restored to its original state. So far the ones that have been completed look amazing! Thanks for talking to our group. Job well done!

  6. Emma Ilm says:

    This collection of paintings are so historical and important for California history. The Franciscan Mission archives is so fortunate to have this treasure. What great fortune to have found your company to clean and safeguard these irreplaceable works of art. We love the work you are doing and appreciate your way of explaining the processes.

  7. Ethan Klap says:

    I was captivated by your presentation at the archives.,, truly captivated by your stories. I love the quality of the work you are doing, the careful attention you have given this work and I appreciate your way of explaining the processes.

  8. Sebastian Fitch says:

    Thank you so much for setting aside the time to explain the restoration process to us. You do fabulous work.

  9. Maryanne Blanc says:

    “The difference from before and after is enchanting……look at those colors!”

  10. Vivian Dupont says:

    This collection is so amazing. Thank you for speaking…..we had so much fun listening to you!

  11. Fiona Rossow says:

    Thank you so much for your great work and setting aside the time to give us the grand tour.

  12. Ernie Alexandra says:

    The change is amazing in the cleaning process!

  13. Riley Bloomburg says:

    What you do is so interesting and you’re great at it! We applaud Dr. Orozco for choosing you to do the art conservation work.

  14. Bianca Durant says:

    We are so grateful for your expertise; you have enlightened us so much! We are so glad we donated to the restoration of these wonderful paintings.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      I too am very happy to support this worthwhile and exciting historic project. Thanks Bianca.

  15. Andrew Greystone says:

    Thank you so much for giving us the tour of your laboratory. What you do is so interesting and it’s great to know that you’re in town and that you are taking care of the SBMAL collection.

    • Scott M. Haskins says:

      It was very pleasant to have you come by the lab for a tour Andrew. Thanks for being involved in this project. I think its a project from which anyone would be get great satisfaction from being more involved.

  16. Gren Farhan says:

    We are so glad to have donated to such a great cause! These paintings are so important in our history and you have brought them back to life! Congratulations to Dr. Orozco to have chosen your company to work with!

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