2010-03-05 / Society

Learn to conserve and restore art

By Jackie Perrone

Owning a fine piece of art is a privilege; caring for it is a responsibility; and restoring it after damage is a necessity.

Such is the mantra of art conservator Ginny Newell, who will give a power point presentation at the Columbia Museum of Art Tuesday, March 9, at 6 pm. This art professional has geared the program to the lay person who may own and appreciate art but not be fully informed about caring for it.

This South Carolinian has earned degrees and awards for her work in the U.S. and Europe. As a specialty, her lab focuses on works of art on paper and oil paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries. Recently, she completed conservation of two–dimensional art at the Florence (SC) Museum in preparation for its move to a new facility.

Her degrees are in Art History from Davidson College and the Academy of Professional Art Conservation and Science in Sonoma, Calif. In Italy and Holland she has polished her professional skills; her work is displayed in museums in Europe and North America and in homes around the world.

Newell offers several basic tips for conserving fine art: 1. Maintain a stable environment of 60 to 70 degrees with relative humidity of 45 to 60 percent. 2. Keep art out of drafts and direct light and away from vents and fireplaces. 3. Never hang on damp walls. Never store in garages or attics. 4. Use acid–free paper for mounting.

The program on Tuesday includes a wine reception at 5:30 pm followed by Newell’s presentation at 6. Free for members, $7 for others.

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