After a meeting at the national annual conference for the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) in Chicago and a visit in Madrid and Toledo, Spain, renown painting conservator Julia Betancor was invited to come to our lab in Santa Barbara, CA to collaborate on several projects. Of interest to her were our organization and services for responding to the disasters for the preservation, cleaning of art related items. She has been previously involved with such projects in Toledo and Madrid. Here is a quick video about one of her projects:
Ms. Betancor brought her experience to our facility to “talk shop” and assist us in an interesting mural project we are under contract for with a community in the LA Area.
Of particular interest are always the headaches of the clean up of artwork, and its restoration, after it previously underwent inept and “generous” restoration efforts in the past. For instance, the WPA mural panels were practically repainted 30 years earlier… which makes their professional and high quality restoration now MUCH more problematic. Resolving these types of problems in the best interest of the artwork and the client is a special problem solving exercise. On a more publicized note, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi that recently sold for $480 million was exactly that type of restoration matter.
FACL’s disaster response team is headed by Mr. Andrew Jacobs and he is assisted by art conservators Scott M. Haskins, Oriana Montemurro and Virginia Panizzon. You may get ahold of any of them with questions at 805 564 3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a testimonial by Julia Betancor during her 2 month+ “working vacation” in our Santa Barbara location.
Here is our YouTube channel’s playlist of testimonials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL41D80C1C65FF2CE7
Here is our mural capabilities statement: https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/mural/
Here are more short videos on the disaster response services offered for art related items: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Umg_5trfe8&list=PLLxFeD9MHd7Sr3TsXQnCla-XirSkZt46H
Julia is a highly professional and talented art restorer. She has been involved in so many great projects over the years; such a blessing to have her in the team for this project!
Anne, I agree. She’s been a pleasure to work with.
An accomplished professional, with a keen sense of duty and responsibility. I have known Julia for a couple of years and without a doubt, she BREATHE`s ART, in all its forms, dedicating time, love and perfection to it. A blessing without measures that you can count on Julia in your team.
Thanks Isadora for your comment. We have been enjoying Julia’s collaboration on this project. But it takes a team to make a project like this successful. Here is an enjoyable very short cute video to illustrate the concept of “the team” working together for the best result: https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/about/our-team/
Julia is the best art restorer and an artist of painting, her love and passion for this art is reflected in everything that goes through her brushes.
I know Julia as a friend and professionaly. Julia has a gift. Her work is spectacular because she is 100% devoted to it.
Véronique Janneau. Agence Observatoire Paris
Beautiful work you guys!
You are such incredible painting restorers.
I know Julia well and the BEST thing she does is restore any art work such as paintings, murals, sculptures and everything related with art. She is an oustanding professional.
Totally agree, Julia is an excellent professional and restoration researcher.
Yours seems like a very professional lab. We have a mural project in Maryland about which I need to ask some questions. Can I call you?
Sure Mike, Give me call on my mobile as I am on location working on a mural in Utah. My number is 805 570 4140. TTYS, Scott
I have worked with Julia Betancor and she is an excellent professional. She will surely do a great Job.Having a Julia on your team is a wise decision.
I want to thank you for your great service and expertise. I checked FACL out before contacting them to work on 3 family heirlooms I received a month or so ago. All the opinions about their professionalism and quality were excellent. So we trusted them and, having received them back today, I could not be more pleased. Actually, I am shocked at how gorgeous the three paintings look. Many many heartfelt thanks for your wonderful service and great quality work.
Great Job Julia, as always. Best finest art restoration and super professional . Thanks Scott for giving her the opportunity to work in your Studio.
I am very happy for you, because having Julia on your team is a real luck.
Julia is, for sure, the go-to-person when it comes to art restoration. Glad you had her on board. No better hands in the world.