Analysis of Art Exhibition at Cal Lutheran University

 

Art conservation knowledge, connoisseurship research and technology were highlighted for an art research and authentication exhibition that was well received. See the blog post at https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&v=2FOAibMmGuk&q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fineartconservationlab.com%2Fresearch-and-authentication%2Fsame-analytical-methods-used-on-famous-painting-by-peter-bruegel-the-elder-displayed-in-exhibition-traces-revealing-secrets-in-art-and-history-at-cal-lutheran-university%2F&redir_token=ON37MEz_Fapj3VTXIXwqYTZlU3h8MTU1MzQ3ODE5NEAxNTUzMzkxNzk0 Click on SHOW MORE

Rachel T. Schmid, Cal Lutheran University, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, 60 West Olsen Road #1700 | Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Phone: (805) 493-3697 | Fax: (805) 493-3831 rtschmid@callutheran.edu

Scott M. Haskins, Head of Conservation, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, 805 564 3438, faclofficemanager@gmail.com Also ask for art conservators Oriana Montemurro, Virginia Panizzon

Saving An Iconic Mural by The Most Famous Historic African American Artist, Dr John Biggers (1953)

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories

YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/hUom81Svtsw

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories has been working with the Blue Triangle Multi-cultural Community Center, where the mural is located, on the logistics for the art conservation treatments of this high profile project.  Preserving and restoring this nationally famous mural in Houston, Texas done by renown African American artist Dr. John Biggers, has been a bit of a political process as the financing has been provided as part of Hurricane Harvey Recovery efforts and funded by The Houston Endowment, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Texas Historical Commission and The Kinder Foundation. Special thanks to Head of Conservation, Mr. Steve Pine of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, for his valuable professional oversight and consultation on the project.

If you would like to collaborate on writing and publishing an article about this mural’s restoration, contact Scott M. Haskins 805 570 4140. The art conservation treatments were completed in January… so, this is current news… it seems valuable for this to be publicized during Black History Month.

The blog post on the website of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories is a good read: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/murals/mural-conservation-of-the-contribution-of-negro-women-in-american-life-and-education-a-national-treasure-in-houston-tx/ Professional mural conservation of Hurricane Harvey damage of “Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education”.

Would you like to contribute to this wonderful community center and their heartfelt efforts?

Online: http://www.the-bluetriangle.org/donate

Facebook: Blue Triangle Community Center

See the article from the Houston Chronicle. Click on the link

Saving Iconic Mural by Most Famous Historic African American Artist Dr John Biggers

 

https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&v=hUom81Svtsw&q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fineartconservationlab.com%2Fmurals%2Fmural-conservation-of-the-contribution-of-negro-women-in-american-life-and-education-a-national-treasure-in-houston-tx%2F&redir_token=RD-HwEDLgSoGgQ7jYAvff2hYril8MTU1MDc5OTAzN0AxNTUwNzEyNjM3 :- Professional mural conservation of Hurricane Harvey damage of “Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education”. Click on SHOW MORE

Would you like to contribute to this wonderful community center and their heartfelt efforts?
Online: http://www.the-bluetriangle.org/donate
Facebook: Blue Triangle Community Center
See the article from the Houston Chronicle. Click on the link

Special thanks to Head of Conservation, Mr. Steve Pine of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, for his valuable professional oversight and consultation on the project. This project was done as part of Hurricane Harvey Recovery efforts and funded by The Houston Endowment, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Texas Historical Commission and The Kinder Foundation.

For questions about art conservation, call Scott M. Haskins, 805 564 3438 faclartdoc@gmail.com

Street Art Visit in Houston with Scott M. Haskins, Mural Conservator

Houston Street Art Tour with Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator

 

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Recently I was working in Houston on the mural conservation of an important, even iconic, historical mural by one of – if not by THE most important African American mural artists in US history, Dr. John Biggers. But while in Houston, we took the time to scout around and found in the same area where we were working, the 3rd Ward, something “worth writing home about.” I want to post about an art district of murals with some very nice images though nothing really blew me away like I saw in Porto, Portugal (see link below) or that I’m used to seeing in Los Angeles

(http://www.SaveFreewaayMurals.com).

The art in this video comes and goes. One girl lamented that they come by often to take pictures and see the evolution of the art because most of the artwork gets covered over, though a few images had been up for years.

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It seems that there is a trend for street artists to put their work up, then focus on the challenge of getting their image to go viral. A lot of times, the fact that the artwork is someplace illegal adds to the vibe and appeals to this underground movement. Banksy’s outlaw status makes him a legend and had developed into a hero status.

In theory, its kind of like the illustrators from 100 years ago who created the artwork, got it published and threw the artwork away. Only Norman Rockwell really broke big time into the legitimate art market. Otherwise, illustrations were never considered real art. Today’s street artists, get the artwork up on the wall, then don’t care about its long term visibility cause they have a virtual world-wide presence and visibility that can help them sell prints, paintings, coffee cups or whatever.

Still though, the girls I talked to said they cry when they see the really good artwork get tagged and covered up to be lost forever.

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I love the type of emotional involvement, intellectual stimulation that I experience when I am in front of contemporary street art and my connection with contemporary artists of murals in public places I enjoy very much. Part of that intellectual stimulation is seeing or understanding the difference between fast food art, vandalism and true masterpieces in public places.

But, how do you protect street art – public murals from vandals/graffiti? Applying a substantial sacrificial resin coating is one way. Here’s a quick video:

http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/murals/varnishing-a-mural-antigraffiti-measures-protecting-public-art/

Is Street Art Worth Saving? A Conundrum! International mastermind group debates mural and art conservation issues

http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/travel/is-street-art-worth-saving-a-conundrum-international-mastermind-group-debates-mural-and-art-conservation-issues/

Mural Conservation Masterclass Discusses Issues for Contemporary Art Murals in Public Places

http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/travel/masterclass-of-conservation-issues-for-contemporary-art-murals-in-public-places/

Bibliography – Public Murals and Street Art Conservation

http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/bibliography-public-murals-and-street-art-conservation/

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Questions? Call mural conservator Scott M. Haskins at 805 564 3438

faclartdoc@gmail.com

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Street Art Visit in Houston with Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator

 
While in Houston restoring a historical mural, we took the time to tour some of the outdoor street art in the 3rd Ward.

In Houston for preserving and restoring a historic mural, we took time out to see the local street art. Click on SHOW MORE blow for more details.

See blog post for mural conservation of” The Contribution of Negro Women in American Life and Education,” a national treasure.
https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fineartconservationlab.com%2Fmurals%2Fmural-conservation-of-the-contribution-of-negro-women-in-american-life-and-education-a-national-treasure-in-houston-tx%2F&redir_token=3bvPCjJ-otrWmyxUqzcm_j64sGt8MTU1MDcwNjI1NUAxNTUwNjE5ODU1&v=8Aw8ejkcAsY&event=video_description

Although I am in Houston working on the preservation and restoration of this wonderful mural by Dr. John Biggers in 1953, damaged by Hurricane Harvey, I’ve posted about this art district of murals with some very nice images though nothing really blew me away like I saw in Porto, Portugal or that I’m used to seeing in Los Angeles (video on YouTube Channel playlist).

I love the type of emotional involvement, intellectual stimulation that I experience and my connection with contemporary artists of murals in public places.

Part of that intellectual stimulation is seeing the difference between fast food art, vandalism and true masterpieces in public places.

Click here for our YouTube channel playlist for other street art mural videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE1FF71CC598A8E79

Contact info for Scott M. Haskins: 805 564 3438 office, faclartdoc@gmail.com

Art Restoration Fundraiser for the Historic Mission Inn Foundation Features appraisers from Bonhams Auction house

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By Danielle Trynoski, Guest Blogger, Director Marketing Mission Inn Foundation

APPRAISAL CLINIC AND ART EVALUATION DAY ON SATURDAY FEB . 16TH

Connect one-on-one with professional appraisers from Bonhams Auction House for an appraisal of the estimated value of your art, antiques, heirlooms, or collectibles! All proceeds will support the Mission Inn Museum’s conservation efforts and collections care.

Each ticket is valid for the appraisal of one object – sets such as flatware, tea cups/saucers, matching figurines, etc. will be counted as one object. We request no more than 4 objects per person. No physical tickets will be issued. Upon check-in, please be prepared to show a printed or electronic copy of your ticket receipt.

Items accepted for appraisal: Fine Art (19th Century, 20th Century and Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture), Fine Art prints, Fine Art photographs, Asian works of art, furniture, ceramics, jewelry including precious gems, glassware, metalware, folk art, or clocks.

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Excluded from this event: all weapons, including swords and knives, traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia, coins and paper money, toys, costume jewelry, sports memorabilia, musical instruments, or Beanie Babies. Please call 951-788-9556 with any questions.

All appraisals will happen at The Box, 3635 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Please park in Garage 7 on Level 2 ( Prices and map available here) then walk across courtyard to the Box Theater entrance. Parking is not included in event ticket.

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SOME OF THE MONEY RAISED DURING THE WEEKENDWILL BE TARGETED FOR THE PRESERVATION AND ART RESTORATION OF AN HISTORIC WOODEN CHINESE PAGODA – YOUR SUPPORT IS THE KEY!

Your support is crucial to achieve our goal of conserving and restoring the Museum’s Chinese Pagoda (above, in undated archival photograph), a Landmark Object in the collection. This delicate wooden sculpture represents the long history of goodwill between the Mission Inn, Riverside, and Asian nations. Help us restore this national treasure

by allowing us to help you Save Your Stuff!

VIP Reception, Friday, February 15 – DETAILS HERE

Specialty Tours with Scott Haskins of the Mission Inn’s Rescued Art, Sunday, February 17 – DETAILS HERE

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Without the knowledge of renowned fine art conservator Scott Haskins, a significant portion of the Mission Inn’s artwork would not be here today. His expertise saved the Henry Chapman Ford Mission Paintings from years of water damage and neglect, and over the last 30 years his team has cleaned, conserved, and rescued numerous other works now displayed in the building.

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Come join Scott for an exclusive art tour of the Mission Inn, only available during the Save Your Stuff! Appraisal Weekend. This will be a fun, great event! Kick off a celebration of fine art, antiques, and preservation! Join us on Friday evening for our kick-off reception where the Museum will unveil a recent conservation project completed by Fine Art Conservation Laboratories under Scott’s direction, plus delectable eats and one of the best views of the city from the gorgeous home of Chuck and Sally Beaty. VIP reception at private home, address revealed after ticket purchase. Unveiling of recent conservation projects, one-on-one time with conservator Scott Haskins, dinner & open bar included. One of the *best* views of the downtown core! 5:30-9:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE MISSION INN FOUNDATION

MISSION STATEMENT

Adopted by the Mission Inn Foundation Board of Trustees, June 28, 2008. The Mission Inn Foundation preserves, interprets, and promotes the cultural heritage of the Mission Inn, Riverside, and the surrounding southern California communities through its museum services, educational programs, and outreach activities.

 

HISTORY

The Mission Inn Foundation was incorporated in 1976 to assist in the preservation and restoration of the Mission Inn, and originally, to manage the hotel during ownership by the City of Riverside’s Redevelopment Agency. The Mission Inn Hotel Spa is now privately owned by Duane and Kelly Roberts, and the Foundation has a unique role of operating a non-profit museum within a for-profit hotel. The Mission Inn Museum, operated by the Mission Inn Foundation, was opened in 1993, simultaneous with the reopening of the Mission Inn after seven years of extensive renovations. In addition to the museum, the Mission Inn Foundation interprets the history and significance of the Mission Inn through daily hotel tours, monthly public programs and special events, the Hands On History educational initiative, and the continued stewardship of the hotel’s expansive art, artifact, and archival collections.

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ABOUT THE MUSEUM

Located at the corner of Main Street and Mission Inn Avenue, the Mission Inn Museum features exhibitions examining the hotel’s history and lasting impacts on the Riverside community and beyond. The museum’s collection is significant in demonstrating the periods of Mission Inn development from its beginning as an adobe boarding house in 1876 to the present. Frank Miller, the original owner and developer of the Inn, was an early proponent of the Mission Revival movement, an avid collector of art from around the world, an aviation enthusiast, an original thinker, a marketing genius, and a strong community booster. Miller and his family’s vital role in the development of Riverside as well as the Mission Inn’s place as a center of Riverside civic life for over a century gives the museum a broad range of topics to explore in their revolving exhibitions. The Mission Inn Museum is also the starting point for all docent-led Mission Inn tours and features an extensive museum store with one of a kind products from local artists, unique Mission Inn souvenirs, in addition to a wide selection of books on Mission Inn and local history.

ABOUT THE INN

The story of the Mission Inn stretches over more than a century and began with the Miller family, migrants to California from Tomah, Wisconsin. In 1874, civil engineer Christopher Columbus Miller arrived in Riverside, began work on a water system, and with his family, began a small boarding house in the center of town. In 1880, his son Frank Augustus Miller, bought the property and gradually improved and enlarged it. Working with prominent architect Arthur Benton, financed by railroad baron Henry Huntington, and inspired by the growing popularity of California Mission tourism and Mission Revival architecture, Miller opened the first wing of the current Mission Inn building in 1903. The building grew in several stages, each new wing demonstrating regional architectural trends and Miller’s own travels throughout Europe and Asia. By 1931, the Mission Inn comprised four wings in a labyrinth of gardens, towers, arches, and winding stairways that encompassed an entire city block. The interior was filled with art and artifacts purchased by Miller from across the nation and around the world, displayed throughout the hotel to enchant and delight guests.

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Following his death in 1935, Miller’s family continued operating the Inn for the next two decades until 1956 when it was sold to San Francisco hotelman Benjamin Swig. In an attempt to revitalize the failing Inn, which was losing business to growing tourist hotspots like nearby Palm Springs, Swig sold nearly 1,000 artworks and artifacts from the hotel’s collection and redecorated the Inn in the latest midcentury styles. This effort did little to restore the Inn’s popularity and the hotel struggled through multiple owners and unending financial crises. It was even transformed from a hotel into dorm rooms and private apartments.

Fearful that the hotel would be permanently shuttered and its interior collections destroyed, in 1969 a group of concerned citizens formed the Friends of the Mission Inn , a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting hotel business and safeguarding the historic collections. As the hotel’s financial woes persisted, the City of Riverside’s Redevelopment Agency purchased the Mission Inn in 1976. In 1977, thanks to the efforts of local advocates and government officials, the Mission Inn was designated a National Historic Landmark by the federal government, officially marking the Inn as a site of national historic importance.

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After keeping the hotel afloat for nearly nine years, the city sold the hotel to a Wisconsin-based private development firm, which closed the Inn in June 1985 to begin what would become a seven- year $50 million renovation project. With restorations nearly complete in December 1988, the hotel was once again plagued by bankruptcy and languished for three years without a buyer. In late 1992, local Riverside entrepreneur Duane Roberts purchased the Mission Inn and successfully reopened the landmark hotel for business. It was Mr. Roberts that contracted with Scott M. Haskins and Fine Art Conservation Laboratories to undertake the preservation and art restoration of the 100s of items in the Mission Inn historic art

collection.

Save Your Stuff! brings celebrated fine art conservator Scott Haskins to the Mission Inn Museum and his expertise will be available just for YOU during this special weekend.

Be aware also of the opportunity to donate artwork (for significant tax benefits of the donor) to the Mission Inn Foundation which may be sold at auction for the benefit of the MIF in April. For more information please call Scott M . Haskins at 805 570 4140

For the opportunity to support this very active enthusiastic historic foundation with its grass roots Friends of the Mission Inn, click here to make a donation.

 

Historic Mission Inn Foundation Save Your Stuff Art Restoration Fundraiser with Scott M. Haskins and Bonhams Auction house

http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/consulation/historic-mission-inn-foundation-save-your-stuff-fundraiser-with-scott-m-haskins-and-bonhams-auction-house/

The Historic Mission Inn Foundation holds a fun filled weekend activity for owners of collectibles, artwork, antiques, family history items to raise support for art conservation and collection care.

Mission Inn Foundation, Save Your Stuff, Scott M. Haskins, Bonhams Auction, Art Conservation Art Restoration, Friends of the Mission Inn, FACL, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, art appraisal clinic

 

While Alive, Michael Jackson Collaborated With Renown Celebrity Artist Kent Twitchell To Have His Memorial Painted… a 100 ft Mural!

 

See behind the scenes taping of how it came to be… and what happened to it!

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Michael Jackson fans all over the world will soon have a new destination–pilgrimage to make somewhere in the world once the 12 story painted mural monument is adhered to the side of a building… somewhere! The Most Famous Man In The World envisioned the mural as a tribute to his legacy and a gift to his fans for generations to come. What makes this incredible work of art amazing is that Michael Jackson himself collaborated with artist Kent Twitchell on this monumental mural masterpiece… BUT, its been in storage for more than 20 Years!!!

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The “King of Pop” died June 25, 2009 at his home in Los Angeles after receiving fatal doses of the drugs from his doctor. 2019 is the 10 year anniversary of his passing and world interest in highlighting his genius is alive and well. Jackson, one of 10 siblings in the famous Jackson family from Gary, Indiana, the Most Famous Man in the World, was a mega-global super-star; he was a best-selling music artist the year he died influencing international music and dance, and also the fashion world. Last year, Jackson was the #1 dead celebrity money maker in the work with an income of $85 million. His fan base in 2018 is greater than when he was alive.

The lost Michael Jackson Monument mural, a tribute to an American Cultural Hero, was never adhered to a building after Kent Twitchell, the artist who collaborated with the world famous entertainer, finished the 100 ft tall one-of-a-kind painting.

And what’s this about the Broken Heart Stone?!?! This video is the behind the scenes sneak peak of a documentary being made by director and producer Andrew St. Wilson on these two amazing, yet unknown, portrayals of his genius.

 

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https://youtu.be/MAJIcUCWaDk

Effervescent movie director and producer Andrew St. Wilson, left, (Michael Jackson’s personal Kung Foo Trainer) author and doc film-maker works through taping, in this video, an interview with world renown monumental mural artist Kent Twitchell (right). Taped on location at Fine Art Conservation Laboratories. The documentary feature film will include the stories and drama behind the 12 story Michael Jackson Monument and Michael Jackson’s Broken Heart Stone.

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Andrew St. Wilson is the author of the Broken Heart Stone of Michael Jackson: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Heart-Stone-Michael-Jackson-ebook/dp/B00ID5KN4W

Scott M. Haskins, renown mural art conservator restorer, as a valuable part of the consulting and installation team for the mural, was also interviewed and will be featured in the film.

The mural is available for installation anywhere in the world. Call Scott M. Haskins 805 564 3438

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The eyes of Michael Jackson painted from a live sitting by artist Kent Twitchell

as they collaborated on the mural for a tribute of his legacy.

Andrew St. Wilson interviewing Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator and consultant for this project.

More about Scott M. Haskins, Mural Conservator and Consultant on this project: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/media-room/

Conservation questions? Call Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro 805 564 3438 faclartdoc@gmail.com

See a short video tour of the lab: http://www.FineArtConservationLab.com

See who our clients are and about our background.

See testimonials: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/

See consultation resume: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/consultations/

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Heritage Preservation Mural Conservation Restoration Planning

WWII mural on Army Base is evaluated for restoration proposal as example of expertise.

WWII Mural in Black Officer’s Club on Army Base needs art restoration evaluation and consultation. Capability Statement https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=nbIFPFZDMwIdFtZxMb3QYIjP3mh8MTU0MTAzNTkyNEAxNTQwOTQ5NTI0&q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.FineArtConservationLab.com%2Fmural%2F&v=Vw6UoeHpa-c Click on SHOW MORE

Mural, art, painting restoration and conservation questions? Call Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro 805 564 3438 faclartdoc@gmail.com

See a short video tour of the lab: http://www.FineArtConservationLab.com

See who our clients are and about our background.

See testimonials: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/

See consultation resume: http://tipsforfineartcollectors.org/consultationsurveys/

About Scott Haskins: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/media-room/

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Historic Mural Restoration and Consultation Services

Getting the correct information to plan for the preservation and restoration of a historic mural can be a problem… and getting the wrong info can be an expensive and time wasting process.  I recently was called by an Army base in Texas with a cautious request: How much would I charge to come to the base, evaluate and estimate the options for the art conservation treatments of a mural painted by a WWII POW?

The caller was first stupefied that I would charge so little. Then was reticent to tell me they had just finished dealing with an historic preservation firm in Florida that charged them $45K to evaluate and plan the work. They did a battery of scientific tests and analysis and then gave them a bid that was more than triple the reasonable amount AND did not answer their questions or meet their needs. What an administrative mess it created.

I was surprised that they, after having spent the time and money, would still want to move forward with getting the job done right. In the end, we split the project into phases for easier budgeting and they spent less for us to estimate the project AND complete the 1st phase than they paid for just the $45K  1” useless report alone.

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Click on this very short video introduction and example of consultation

One of the complications on a project like mural conservation that can arise is the balancing of interests from several different entities that are associated with the project in one way or another. An experienced conservation professional with good communications skills is a major asset that doesn’t reflect in the budget.

Scott M. Haskins has been consulting on mural projects and has been performing the preservation, conservation and restoration work on murals since 1975. The professional expertise that he has acquired is indeed versatile and can be put to work for your project. In fact, much of the reputation of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.) is based on difficult problem solving both on the wall and is based on our ability and determination to work well as a team member on a construction site. However, in order for Scott Haskins to be interested, the potential project does not need to be high profile, have difficult problems and be a logistical nightmare. Small, straightforward projects will also get the due respect and attention.

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WPA mural, 1939, saved from demolition in Lamesa, Texas. To see a short testimonial click on the photo

Fine Art Conservation Laboratories is made up of two experienced office managers, 3 experienced art conservators (all over 15 years after training), a conservation technician and other support personnel as needed. On large projects, team organization and working with numerous committees is an important ability. In these cases, an excellent quality team of professional associates comes together to contribute a great depth of experience in craftsmanship and talent, problem solving expertise, analytical capabilities, professionalism and art connoisseurship.

As can be seen on the Mural Capability Statement below (click on the link), mural restoration projects have been performed in Italy, England and in 14 states in the US.  Traveling great distances, even internationally, to inspect, plan and review your project is not a problem.

 

Here are some remarks from clients, other art conservation professionals, contractors and project administrators:

Mark Garrido, Project Manager for the General Contractor on the project posted the following on linkedin for Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc.).

“Scott and his FACL staff of highly competent professional art conservators performed the critical salvage and restoration of a very valuable, irreplaceable historic mural in the main lobby of the Burbank, CA Police/Fire headquarters (as a sub to the general contractor for the City of Burbank). This restoration was a major component of a large water damage correction project that included replacement of the curtain wall system, stone flooring, planters and memorial monument in the middle of and surrounding the mural. Project scheduling was very tight and coordination critical and complex. Under Scott’s hands-on leadership, FACL’s restoration of the mural was flawless, their performance timely and seamless and their cooperation and team work exemplary. Without reservation, I give Scott and FACL my highest recommendation.”   Service Category: Art conservation. Year hired: 2009  Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

“I am working primarily on mural projects these days. You are truly an inspiration in our field! Thanks Scott for your videos! Deborah Uhl, Mural Conservator, Colorado

“The monies spent for your services are the best money we ever spent (consultation, collection survey, project proposals and reporting materials)” Wendy Adair, VP of University Achievement, Texas Southern University, TSU), Houston, Texas http://www.tsumurals.com

“Scott, you may be the best conservator I know in the country. I have enjoyed working with you more than I can express.” Perry Huston, Past AIC President, Dallas, Texas http://www.fairparkmurals.com

“This was a very politically charged project in the City of San Francisco for over 10 years. We needed someone beyond reproach that we could count on to “knock the ball out of the park.” That’s why we chose Scott Haskins and FACL. Mr. Al Albano, Consultant, Piazzoni Mural Project, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Scott and his staff performed perfectly and did superb quality conservation work on this very delicate painting conservation project. His skills as Conservation Team Leader were superb and much appreciated. Dr. Carl Grim, Chief Conservator, De Young Museum

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Scott M. Haskins, Mural Conservator, on a 75 ft. boom lift

to evaluate the condition of Anthony Quinn as the “Pope of Broadway”

Murals that are commonly included in renovation contracts are paintings that were created as part of the Works Projects Administration and are known as “WPA Art.”  The specialized expertise presented in this article and video is of most interest to maintenance department directors, historic preservation architects, construction firms and general contractors that do historic preservation work and government agencies letting contracts that include mural restoration. Whether in the private sector or an organizations in charge of the care of public art collections, those renovating historic homes with decorative painting and murals will find this of interest.

Click Here for Mural Conservation Capabilities Statement: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/mural/

Click Here for Restoration Consultation Clients: http://www.fineartconservationlab.com/consultations/

Contact info:

Scott M. Haskins

805 564 3438 Office, 805 570 4140 mobile (California)

faclartdoc@gmail.com

See short lab tour video:

 http://www.FineArtConservationLab.com

YouTube Channel for mural restoration/conservation: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE1FF71CC598A8E79

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Click on the above image to view the video

Mural Art Conservation of The Living New Deal Murals at a Public Library in the Los Angeles Area

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A very cute vintage mural entitled, “Scenes From English Literature” which has overseen the Children’s Reading Room of the Long Beach Public Library for decades has been considered by experts to be in need of expert mural restoration services.

The mural was painted in 1937 by Suzanne Miller under the auspices of the Work Project Administration Federal Art Project (Federal Art Project – FAP, Works Progress Administration -WPA) and depicts 15 scenes from English Literature: Hiawatha by Longfellow (panel 1), The Fairie Queene by Spencer (panel 2), Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (panel 3), L’allego & Il Penseroso by Milton, The Vicar of Wakefield by Goldsmith, and Rip Van Winkle by Irvins (panel 4), The King James Bible (panel 5), Alice in Wonderland by Carroll, Man With the Hoe by Markham, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Gray and The Compleat Angler by Walton (panel 6), The Lady of Shalot by Tennyson (panel 7), The Tempest by Shakespeare (panel 8), The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (panel 9).

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The artist’s signature and inscription

In 1937, the 9 panels of the mural were painted in oil on canvas and then glued to the wall of the library. After a devastating fire in 1972, the 9 mural sections were pulled off the walls, repainted and glued to plywood… not good for long term preservation. After their restoration, the plywood sections were bolted to the walls of the Children’s Reading room at the public library located at 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90882

As a result of the 1972 restoration, over the recent years the low quality varnish has yellowed badly changing all the colors… and water leaked onto the murals further damaging them.

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Water stains, vast areas of fogged or bloomed varnish and crystallization of varnish resin.

One of the 9 sections of mural was badly wrinkled from the previous restoration.

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Before and after relaxing and removal of wrinkles in mural section

The Mural Conservation Treatment Performed

So, present day, the City of Long Beach wanted to recuperate the original appearance of the murals and ensure their long term preservation. Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, a professional mural art conservation firm that had a long history of successful city, state and federal government mural restoration projects was contracted.

The cleaning process involved the safe varnish removal without removing the previous restorations. The original colors and details that were obscured were returned closer to their intended values, including better contrast and depth of field in the composition.

The badly wrinkled section was relaxed by warming and then reinforced for future stability.

Stable conservation grade varnish was brush applied to bring out the best appearance of the artwork.

In painting or retouching is never done with oil paint. Conservation grade paint, which always remains removable and color stable, were used to correct or blend some of the previous restorations. New varnish provides for better surface protection against accidents and vandalism.

Here is a short video of the mural’s conservation treatments:

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Click on the picture or HERE to watch the video

They are now waiting for installation

into the new public library facilities for the

City of Long Beach, CA.

Questions: Scott M. Haskins, Virginia Panizzon, Oriana Montemurro

Art Conservators 805 564 3438 faclartdoc@gmail.com