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ArtCare Conservation Lecture Series at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (October 25, 2017)

The Deering Estate is proud to present the first program in a lecture series on Thursday, November 16th from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with partner ArtCare Miami. The lecture is presented by ArtCare Director Rustin Levenson who will discuss her book, "Seeing Through Paintings" (Yale University Press). The book describes using the materials and techniques of paintings to make art historical assessments. The series is free and open to the public and will be held in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Donations to the Deering Estate's Artwork Conservation Fund are welcome.

Additional Lectures:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
"Dramatic Conservation: Treatment of Albert Bierstadt’s Domes of Yosemite" with Oliver Watkiss.
Presented by ArtCare, expert Oliver Watkiss will discuss his experience with the structural treatment of paintings. This year ArtCare Conservation undertook the treatment of this large (15' x 10') painting from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont.  This work was painted in 1867 and displayed in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York to give viewers a sense of the West.  The treatment included varnish removal and lining. During the treatment new discoveries were made about the working method of the artist and the technical history of the painting.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
"Case Studies in Painting Conservation" with Veronica Romero-Gianoli
Veronica will describe various painting conservation projects carried out in the studio.  Treatments including stabilization, lining, varnish removal, and surface cleaning will be discussed.  The complex decision making process involved in treatments will be explored.

Thursday, May 17, 2018
"Hurricanes: Preparing your Collection and Recovering from a Storm" with Kelly O’Neill
Kelly will illustrate the best methods of protecting a collection during a storm.  She will also discuss the conservation problems encountered at the Deering Estate after Hurricane Irma and describe treatments carried out on the collection.
8 pm to 9:30 pm; Free and open to the public.

Cultural Arts Programming is made possible with support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The 100 Ladies of Deering, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the ArtCare Conservation Lecture Series
The ArtCare Conservation Lecture Series presents specialized topics in art conservation for art lovers, collectors and arts professionals. ArtCare, Inc., a Rustin Levenson Company that specializes in fine art conservation, shares examples of their decades of art conservation and restoration experiences working on individual and museum collection pieces. Join us to learn about best practices in caring for artworks in South Florida, ask questions of the experts, and see onsite restoration projects that are part of the Deering Estate Permanent Collection. The series is free and open to the public and will be held in the historic Stone House Ballroom.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House and Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. Discover More art, culture, history, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate today!