The Art, Craft & Science of Art Conservation

This six-week series of lectures, beginning on Wednesday morning January 11th through February 15th, will provide a glimpse into the fascinating field of art conservation and conservation science. Speakers will explore multiple aspects of conservation – documentation, diagnosis, treatment, restoration and authentication – from the perspectives of their individual specialties.

January 11th – February 15th
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, at RiverBrink Art Museum

RiverBrink Members: $45.00
Non-members: $50.00

January 11
Sandra Lawrence, the series coordinator, formerly Chief Conservator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and a retired paintings conservator, will lead off with an introduction to art conservation – its scope, basic principles and procedures – laying the groundwork for subsequent presentations.

January 18
Ray Tokarek, formerly the Furniture and Wooden Objects conservator at the Royal Ontario Museum and working currently out of his studio in St Catharines, will present examples of small and large projects undertaken at the ROM and as a private conservator, including gilding and gilded picture frames.

January 25
Stephanie Porto is a private paper conservator working from her studio in Niagara Falls. She will provide a glimpse into working on fine art and archival materials, including projects undertaken during her time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

February 1
Carrie McNeal, formerly Director of Conservation at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., is pursuing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brock University. The focus of her presentation will be on the conservation of archival materials, including projects from her time at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

February 8
Jennifer Cheney is a private painting conservator based in Toronto. In addition to an overview – examination, diagnosis and treatment of historical and contemporary paintings – she will touch on interactions with the paintings’ owners  and how an owner’s relationship to a work of art can affect the conservation process.

February 15
Marilyn Laver, formerly Senior Conservation Scientist at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa, continues to consult privately in the field of conservation science. Her presentation will outline many of the scientific and instrumental techniques used for examination, condition assessment, documentation and authentication of paintings and other works of art.

For registration and further information, please contact sdelazzer@riverbrink.org or call the museum at 905.262.4510.

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Winter 2017 LearnMore Series generously sponsored by Sandra Lawrence and Chuck Jackson.