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.
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.
Baldwin 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.
As 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.
“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.