Saving Water-Damaged Artwork

As the floodwaters from the recent storms recede, homeowners and businesses are faced with the task of dealing with water-damaged items.

When it comes to artwork, waterlogged items can often be salvaged if one acts quickly to mitigate the damage.

The first thing to be done is to get the artwork out into the open air to dry.  Paper and canvas art must be dried as soon as possible before mold and fungus can take hold.  The artwork should be removed from the frame and either hung out to dry or placed on a rack.  This gets the artwork away from any waterlogged framing materials and exposes as much of it as possible to the air.  Using heat to accelerate the drying process is generally not recommended.

We encourage you to bring us your water-damaged artwork for our expert advice and assistance.  We will un-frame and examine your artwork.  Oftentimes all that is needed is drying, flattening, and re-framing.  This is also a good opportunity to update your mats and backer boards with modern conservation-grade materials.  For items that are damaged beyond our ability to recover, we have a paper conservator on call who can suggest possible treatments to restore the work.

Frames that have been water-soaked can sometimes be salvaged as well.  Metal frames usually fare the best; these can usually be cleaned up and reassembled. Solid wood frames can often be cleaned up and/or refinished.  Many ornate frames, on the other hand, are made with details that are molded out of materials that are very susceptible to water and that crumble off when dry.  We can advise you as to whether a frame is worth salvaging or whether replacement is more economical.

So take heart. Art that has been soaked can survive.

Haitian Art Sale For Earthquake Relief

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Noble Woman, by Adrienne Dejoie

Noble Woman, by Adrienne Dejoie

I don’t need to tell you about the recent devastating earthquake and subsequent humanitarian crisis in Haiti.  A poor nation with little infrastructure in even the best of times, large portions of Haiti’s southern cities now lay in ruins.

We have a small personal connection to this situation.  My mother-in-law, artist Adrienne Dejoie, grew up in Petion-Ville, near Port-Au-Prince.  She is living in the States now, but she still has extended family in that area.  We have no news of them as yet, but we pray for their health and well-being.

In support of the desperately-needed relief efforts in Haiti, we are holding a sale of Haitian artwork.  This sale includes original works by Adrienne Dejoie and her daughter Tamara Gurevitz, along with works by Daniel Orleus and Elzire Malebranche.  Prices for original works start at $200, and prints of Dejoie’s signature painting Noble Woman start at $20.  Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Doctors Without Borders and Partners In Health to support their ongoing work in Haiti.  Both of these fine organizations were present in Haiti at the time of the earthquake, and both are doing all they can to assist survivors.

Our Haitian collection may be seen during our regular store hours or by appointment.  We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10-6, Thursdays noon-8.  For information or to make an appointment call 508-720-0310.

Francis Bacon Centennial Reception, October 29, 2009

after_velasquezBaldwin Hill Art & Framing will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Irish/English painter Francis Bacon with a reception Thursday, October 29 from 5:00 to 8:00PM. Reproductions of a number of Bacon works will be on display. The event is open to the public.

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was one of the most important and influential painters of the 20th century. An admirer of Picasso and friend of Lucien Freud, he took abstract expressionism in a new direction, emphasizing the raw physicality of his subjects and the emotional intensity of the artist. His over-sized paintings often depict human and animal subjects in altered and distorted poses. Perhaps his best-known work is Study after Velasquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, which is commonly referred to as “The Screaming Pope”.

Three of the reproductions available are from the estate of Dr. Saul Gurevitz of Brookline and Wellfleet. The late Dr. Gurevitz, a psychoanalyst, particularly enjoyed the nightmarish imagery of the Bacon works in his varied fine arts collection. “We are proud to be able to offer these works to the public”, says gallery owner James Paradis. “The Study for a Bullfight #1, featured prominently in our gallery, never fails to elicit a reaction from viewers”.

Click on the “Our Store” link for a map and directions to our gallery.

Gallery Talk, Thursday October 1, 6PM

Tamara GurevitzBaldwin Hill Art & Framing is proud to feature works from the collection of Dr. Saul Gurevitz of Brookline and Wellfleet

Dr. Gurevitz (1920-2001) was a psychoanalyst, artist, art collector, and Holocaust survivor.

Join us for a gallery talk this Thursday evening by his daughter, Tamara Gurevitz.  She will discuss the life and work of her father and how these influenced the art he collected.

A reception will be held at 6PM and the talk will begin at 7.  Please come by, view the artwork, and hear stories about the man behind the collection!  Click here for map and directions.

Fall Reception Thursday, September 24

autumn-leavesAs the days grow shorter and summer gives way to fall, Baldwin Hill Art & Framing would like to invite you to a gathering of friends and art lovers at our Fall Reception Thursday, September 24 fomr 5:00PM to 8:00PM at our Natick gallery.  At this reception we will introduce the latest works from the estate of Dr. Saul Gurevitz, including signed lithographs and exhibition posters by Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, and Mikhail Chemiakin.  In addition, we are especially pleased to feature a  signed lithograph by Francis Bacon, “Study for a Bullfight # 1”.  This large, powerful piece is signed by the artist and numbered 133/150.

Chase away the autumn chill with a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and enjoy the company of good friends and fine art!

The following Thursday, October 1, we will be hosting a gallery talk by Tamara Gurevitz, daughter of Dr. Gurevitz.  She will discuss his interests as an art collector and what led him to collect these particular pieces.

We will also be hosting an event towards the end of October showcasing Francis Bacon on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Reception August 13, 4-8PM

Miro: "Vent Parmi Les Roseaux" Plate 3

Miro: "Vent Parmi Les Roseaux" Plate 3

Baldwin Hill Art & Framing will be holding a reception Thursday, August 13 from 4 to 8PM to showcase new arrivals from the estate of Dr. Saul Gurevitz. Works include lithographs by Joan Miro and Marc Chagall and paintings by Xavier Gonzalez.

Dr. Saul Gurevitz (1920-2001) was a painter, sculptor, and psychoanalyst. He was born in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania). He was a Holocaust survivor, having lost his entire family during World War II. While he was encouraged to take art lessons as a child, his primary interest was in the human mind and the developing field of psychoanalysis. After acquiring a PhD at the University of Zurich, he came to the United States in 1948, began practicing analysis in New York City and also began painting and sculpting. Later he moved to Wellfleet and then Brookline, Massachusetts where he began collecting art. He collected mainly 20th-century abstract art including works by Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Xavier Gonzalez, Alexander Calder, and Francis Bacon.

Upcoming items from his collection include lithographs by Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, and Mikhail Chemiakin. Works from this collection will be on display and available for sale through the end of 2009.

Project Profile: Memorial Plaque

This is one of our more ambitious projects to date, incorporating shadowbox mounting, heavy objects, and electronics.


The final result!

The final result!

This customer had a number of memorial plaques from the family synagogue that he wanted to incorporate into a display for his father’s 80th birthday. There were two styles of plaques: brass and plastic. The brass plaques were 1/4″ thick and rather heavy, requiring special mounting considerations.

The customer had devised an overall layout for the plaques but left the details to us. We used our visualization system to mock up a design for his approval. The customer wanted the overall background to be black. While from a design standpoint black was an excellent choice for the brass plaques, we believed it provided insufficient contrast for the black plaques. The solution was to use a double mat: black on top, metallic gold underneath. We would cut openings for the black plaques, leaving 1/2″ of gold around each set.

The other requirement was that we incorporate a yahrzeit lamp into the design. By Jewish custom, special “yahrzeit” (anniversary) candles are lit on the anniversary of a loved one’s death and at other high holidays. In modern times electric lamps have been used in place of candles. We chose to incorporate a circular light with a Star Of David motif above the plaques. We used a super-bright LED rather than a conventional bulb for long lamp life, low heat, and low power consumption. The LED is powered by four AA batteries built into the frame.

Here is how we put it together:

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Thursday, July 16 – Double Reception!

Please join us Thursday, July 16 from 5:30PM to 8:00PM for not one but two celebrations!

artwalk-banner-smallFirst, we will be hosting Natick artist Tamu (Tamara Gurevitz) as our guest for this month’s Natick Center Art Walk. Art Walk features over thirty downtown merchants hosting local artists for a fun, festive evening! Tamu will have a variety of her whimsical “Coo Creatures” on display, and will hold a live clayworking demonstration.

"Coo Creatures"

Joan Miro: "Vent Parmi les Roseaux"

Joan Miro: "Vent Parmi les Roseaux"

Second, we will be hosting the formal reception for our Summer Fine Art Sale featuring works from the estate of Dr. Saul Gurevitz of Brookline, MA and Wellfleet, MA. This reception will feature works by Joan Miro, Robert Rauschenberg, Xavier Gonzalez, and Marjorie Lessor. Additional works by Francis Bacon, Mikhail Chemiyakin, and others will be unveiled throughout the summer!

Please join us for both of these festive events!

Reception: Estate of Dr. Saul Gurevitz

"Salon de Mai" by Joan Miro

“Salon de Mai” by Joan Miro

Baldwin Hill Art & Framing is proud to offer for sale selected works from the estate of Dr. Saul Gurevitz of Brookline and Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Works will be available for preview at our gallery beginning Thursday, July 9 2009, with reception to be held Thursday, July 16. Featured artists for this showing will include works on paper by Miro, Chagall, and Rauschenberg as well as original paintings by Xavier Gonzalez and Marjorie Lesser. We will be presenting additional works from the estate at future receptions. The July 9 preview will be held during our normal business hours, and the July 16 reception will be held from 5:30PM to 8:00PM.

What Is Conservation Framing?

At Baldwin Hill Art & Framing we practice conservation framing. The idea behind conservation framing is to preserve the value and integrity of the items being framed. As a Certified Picture Framer, proprietor Jim Paradis has studied and been certified in conservation framing techniques by the Professional Picture Framers of America.

As in medicine, the guiding principle behind conservation framing is to do no harm. We want to make sure that whatever we do makes no permanent, irreversible changes to the artwork. Here are some of the things we do to make sure your art lasts for years to come:

  • We use only conservation-grade acid-free mats and backer boards. If non-acid-free materials are used then over time they can cause “acid burn”, discoloring the artwork and shortening its life.
  • We use minimally-invasive, reversible mounting methods. Most of the time this involves hinge-mounting the artwork to the backer board with acid-free paper tape and a water-soluble adhesive. In other cases mechanical supports are used (such as mylar photo corners) that do not adhere to the artwork at all.
  • For especially delicate or valuable paper art, we may employ Mylar encapsulation, where a sheet of archival-grade Mylar is laid over the image and secured on all four sides. Only the Mylar touches the actual artwork. The material we use is approved by the Library of Congress for direct contact with the work.
  • We ensure that artwork never comes in direct contact with glass. Condensation can form on the inside of the glass surface, and artwork in contact with this can be damaged. In extreme cases the artwork can actually stick to the glass, making un-framing all but impossible. In some cases direct contact with acrylic glazing is acceptable, but we do this only in rare cases.
  • Needlework is either laced around or stitched to a backer board with compatible thread and a ball-end needle. This ensures that no fibers are severed and the stitching can be removed at a later date with no damage to the item.
This etching shows acid burn caused by a non-archival mat

This etching shows acid burn caused by a non-archival mat

When you bring your valuable artwork to Baldwin Hill Art & Framing you can be assured that it will receive the best possible treatment and that it will last for many years to come!