Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pilot Grove Church Restoration Event Nov. 20th

NTAAC Board Member Ron Siebler has a long history of architectural preservation. On Wednesday Nov. 20th the Dallas Heritage Village will be showcasing some of his latest work with the event Preserving The Past For The Future.

The program starts with the short film Pilot Grove Church - An Education/Restoration Project by Mark Birnbaum that documents Ron and his crew dressed in period appropriate carpenters garb, using period tools to do restoration work on the Pilot Grove Church

The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of historic preservation with Ron Siebler, Mark Birnbaum,  Dallas Morning News Architecture Critic Mark Lamster, Preservation Dallas Executive Director David Preziosi, and with Dallas Heritage Village Curator Evelyn Montgomery as the moderator.

The Pilot Grove Church, which is locate at the Dallas Heritage Village will also be open, so you can walk through and see first hand how the restoration work turned out. 

For those of us who love history and old buildings this is going to be a great opportunity to learn about the process of restoring a bit of yesteryear.

Wednesday Nov. 20th at 6:00pm
1515 S. Harwood St
Dallas TX 75215

This event is FREE but Lisa Simpson would love it if you would RSVP at or call 214-413-3662

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Furniture Conservation Presentation at next NTAAC Event

Recent Conservation Projects By Alton Bowman
The North Texas Association for Art Conservation and the Dallas Museum of Art are happy to host a lecture by Alton Bowman; Recent Projects: Frames, Chairs and a Desk.  

Mr. Bowman is an art conservator who specializes in French, English and American furniture. He has a long history of working with museums and private collectors on some very important pieces of furniture, such as the Rosedown American Goth Bed on exhibit at the DMA. 

In this presentation he will highlight several new projects, and discuss the various conservation treatments he used on them. For those who work with fine antique furniture and those who work in wood this is a must attend event.

After the lecture we'll continue the discussion over lunch at the Klyde Warren Park food trucks.
Monday, September 9th at 12:00pm noon 
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood st
Dallas TX. 75201 

The DMA auditorium is open special just for this event, so please RSVP by September 5th to Gabriela Truly at
For more information about this event or future NTAAC events, please contact us at

See you there, 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NTAAC August Lunch

There's been some welcome rain these last few days, but I'm sure the August heat has finally found us in North Texas. That being said, how about lunch, indoors! 

Please join NTAAC, Tuesday, Aug 20th, 2013 at 12:00 noon for a casual lunch buffet at the Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill, Dallas.

Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill
1901 Abrams Road.
Dallas, Texas 75214

Also, mark you calendars for the September 9th NTAAC event. Alton Bowman will be talking at the DMA about some of his resent conservation projects. Should be really good! Stay tuned for more info.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Respirator Review And Spicy Lunch

Please join the North Texas Association for Art Conservation and Art Restorations Inc. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:00 am for a review of respirator essentials. 

Cher Goodson and Kenn Darity will give us the low down on respirators such as; How to choose the correct respirator for your face, Which filters to choose for the materials you may be using, and How to care for your mask when not in use. Bring your respirators for review and we'll test them with banana oil.

And speaking of food, We'll have lunch across the street at Cafe Istanbul. Yum! This event is open to anyone who uses a respirator or may need to use one in the future. Please RSVP to NTAAC or contacting Cher at Art Restorations Inc.

Respirator Review and Test Fitting

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
11:00 am to after lunch

Art Restorations Inc.
7803 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75209


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cool Down at the NTAAC Happy Hour

On June 18th, NTAAC will be meeting up at the Elbow Room for cold drinks, pizza and casual conversation. It's happy hour with an artifact flair.

We'll start the cooling down around 6:00pm on the back patio. For those of you who have not been to the Elbow Room. It's a classy little dive with shuffle board, a patio and thin crust New York style pizza that is yumm. Located on Gaston Ave just west of the Baylor Medical Center

Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00pm
Elbow Room3010 Gaston AveDallas Tx.

As you all know, NTAAC is a social group made up of people who work with art, artifacts and/or historic objects. Every month we meet for some sort of event such as lunch, happy hour, a lecture or studio visit. If you would like to host an NTAAC meeting, or have suggestions for events, please contact us at

Friday, May 17, 2013

Big Turn Out For Emergency Workshop

Rebecca Elder from AMIGOS Library Services presented to an almost sold out crowd at the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Workshop. She did a great job of presenting a lot of information in a clear and organized format.

With the combined efforts of NTAAC, TAM and NETMA we were able to reach out to a much wider group of people, covering a wider range of professions, from art conservators to museum staff to art handlers and even a few art teachers.

One of the great take aways from the workshop was the supplies and resources list. Also learning that the famous Heritage Preservation Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel now comes as an app for your iPhone. Here's the link.

Coming next month join us for the NTAAC Happy Hour. A great chance to hang out with fellow art handling friends. Date and location to be announced soon.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

First NTAAC Angel Day Big Success

The first NTAAC Angels Day was held at the Dallas Heritage Village. Evelyn Montgomery the Director of Exhibits and her assistant and Susan Finky chose a couple of really great projects for us to work on. We broke up into three groups.

The first group photographed, measured and checked museum tags on 28 quilts.

And there were some really wonderful quilts to be seen.

This may look like a map of a civil war battle field but it's actually the back of a very old crazy quilt.

The second group padded and boxed all the quilts for storage.

And the third group focused on cleaning some recently acquisitioned trunks.

 This royal portrait is one of the color lithograph decals that decorated one of the trunks.

Over all these were ideal projects for the NTAAC Angel Day. They were must do projects, and ones that would have taken several days forEvelyn's staff to complet. But with eight NTAAC Angels , we knocked it out and still had time to enjoy a picnic. So a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who donated their Saturday morning:
Evelyn Montgomery - Dallas Heritage Village
Susan Finky - Dallas Heritage Village
Tish Brewer - Center For Art Conservation
Lauren Callahan - Conservation Intern
Christina Januszewshi - Art conservation student
David Page - Center For Art Conservation
Evelyn Pate - Brown Mountain Art and Antique Restoration
Laura Pate - Brown Mountain Art and Antique Restoration
Melanie Sanford - Textile Preservation Services of Texas
Maria Sheets - Maria Sheets Studio
Brad Ford Smith - Studio Six Art Conservation

We're looking for an NTAAC Angels Day project for next year!!!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Art Conservation Angel Day May 11th

The original Angel Day was started at the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) annual conference, which brings together a lot of art conservators into one place. Angel Day asks for volunteers to help a small local museum or historic collection on a small project. By donating a little of time and skills, simple projects like sorting files, applying catalogue numbers to objects or dusting old victorian parlors (projects that are the bane of most institutions) can be accomplished in a single day. The AIC Angel Day program has been so successful that NTAAC is adopting the idea.

So, we are happy to announce the first annual NTAAC Angle Day. On Saturday, May 11th we will be meeting up with Evelyn Montgomery at the Dallas Heritage Village at 9:30am.

The focus of our project will be rehousing and photographing the boxed textile collection. Of course if a big bunch of people show up I am sure Evelyn can find other things on her to do list for us to work.

Saturday May 11th, 2013
9:30 am till we get tired
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 S. Harwood st
Dallas TX 75215

Please RSVP to this will give us and Evelyn and idea of how many volunteers to expect for the day.

This event is open to all members and friends of NTAAC. Please bring a bagged lunch and water. Wear long pants and sensible closed-toe shoes. You are also welcome to bring your kits and safety equipment. You never know what Evelyn may come up with for the group to do.

NTAAC looks forward to continuing Angel Day as an annual event, with that in mind, if you know of collections that could benefit from a day of conservator/curator help please let us know. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Workshop

Heads up to all NTAAC members and friends! The TAM workshop Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery In A Day is filling up. Register now to attend this informative workshop.

As the title says, this workshop will address issues related to before, during and after an emergency. So whether you are nervous about future disasters, neck deep in a disaster, or mopping up after a disaster you can rest assured this AMIGOS workshop will have answers for you.

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 from 8:30am-4:00pm
The fee of $45.00 includes materials and a tasty box lunch
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth TX 76107

Registration and payment is made at the TAM website: Click Here.

This is an AMIGOS workshop and is being made available through the combined efforts of the Texas Association of Museums (TAM), the North Texas Association for Art Conservation (NTAAC), and the Northeast Texas Museum Association (NETMA), so you know it's going to be really good!

For the complete workshop details please go to the TAM Workshop Page.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

TAM Workshop
Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery in a Day

Libraries, archives, and museums must be prepared to protect people, collections, and facilities in the event of emergencies ranging from minor crises to community-wide disasters. This workshop will help participants prepare for and limit various types of damage through risk assessment, disaster planning, and recovery procedures. The workshop focuses on identifying hazards and developing the disaster plan, as well as basic response and recovery. Discussion will include salvage for textiles, paintings, objects, paper, and books. Intended primarily for museum and archives professionals, this workshop is also applicable to individuals caring for personal collections. The workshop includes a useful hands-on demonstration of salvage techniques for library and archival materials. As part of the learning experience, participants will take a special behind-the-scenes tour of environmental facilities at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Rebecca Elder, Adjunct Preservation Field Services Officer, AMIGOS Library Services Imaging and Preservation Service for almost a decade, is a popular presenter for TAM programs. She received her MSIS and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a significant amount of experience in preservation and conservation through her previous work at Harvard, the Center for American History in Austin, and the Smithsonian Institution. Currently she teaches both face-to-face and live online workshops in book repair, preservation, and emergency preparedness, and frequently conducts site surveys in a variety of cultural heritage institutions in her role with Amigos.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013 Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Oak Room)
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Fee: $45 per person includes box lunch and materials.
Please register early as space is limited to 30 persons. Advance registration is required.
Registration: Online only at the TAM website: Register Now!

Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery in a Day was organized for TAM in partnership with the Northeast Texas Museum Association (NETMA) and the North Texas Association for Art Conservation (NTAAC). 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NTAAC Hosts Presentation at the TAM Meeting

For the second year in a row, NTAAC is hosting a presentation at the annual Texas Association of Museums conference. This year Brad Ford Smith and Melanie Sanford will be Co-Chairing the presentation titled Non-renewable Resourses: Collection Care of Natural History, Archeological, and Ethnographic objects.

Our  three panelists have spent the cold winter months researching the best practice for materials associated with natural history, archeology, and ethnographic objects, with a focus on the caring, storing, and handling of these materials.

Our panelists:
Dr. Deborah Cowman from the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History will be addressing the care of taxidermy animals.
Jenni Opalinski from the Museum of the Southwest will tap into her knowledge of ethnographic objects to address basketry, pottery and textiles.
Amanda Vance from the Galveston Railroad Museum and independent object conservator will be talking about the things archaeologists dig up.

Bring your note pads and a sharp pencil, you'll be taking lots of notes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

NTAAC Members Doing Good with Hammers and Saws

The members of NTAAC comprise a wide range of skills, interests and activities. Last week Ron Siebler and his team of carpenters started the exterior preservation work on the Pilot Grove Church located on the grounds of the Dallas Heritage Village.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, while working on the south side of the bell tower they donned period clothing and...

...used period tools as well. There was also an area set up in front of the church that allowed the public an opportunity to work with some of the hand tools. Ron says drilling holes with the old bit and brace drill was the most popular tool of the day.

Thanks Ron for sharing, and to Drew Timmons for capturing it on film.

NTAAC loves to know what its member are up to, so if you have an event, project, interview, article... that is artifact centric, let us know about it.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Day At The Library

NTAAC had a unique chance to go behind the doors at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library and discovered a world of local history stuffed into shelves, boxes and microfiche.

It was a tight squeeze for this well attended tour.

Here, Brian discribes some of the items in the photographic collection.

One of my favorites from the rare book collection was this copy of Ulysses, illustrated by Henri Matisse. It includes two preliminary charcoal drawings by the artist. Here is a link to their online digital collection.

Re-Vaulting Texas

NTAAC and the Dallas Museum of Art are happy to be hosting Re-Vaulting Texas, an informal presentation by metals art conservator Michael Van Enter. Drawing from his experiences conserving historic bank vaults, Michael will address issues such as metal identification, surface coatings, and patinas. 

If you have any questions concerning metal conservation, Michael with his twenty + years of experience conserving metal objects, sculptures and architecture is the man to ask. 

Monday, March 4th at 12:00noon 
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood st
Dallas TX. 75201 

After the lecture please join us for lunch at the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park.

For further information please contact the North Texas Association for Art Conservation at

To reserve parking in the DMA garage please RSVP to Gabriela Truly 

See you there,

Thursday, February 14, 2013

History, Archives and BBQ

NTAAC Is meeting up for a tour of the Texas/Dallas History and Archive Division, at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.

We'll take a look at the current exhibits as well as some treasured books and photographs, get a peek in to their storage, and discuss digitization issues in making thousands of historic photographs and other materials accessible. If you've never been to the 7th floor of the Central Library, you are in for a treat! 

After the tour, we'll head over to the Farmer's Market for some BBQ at the famed Pecan Lodge! 

When: Thursday, February 21st at 12pm (noon). Meet in the lobby on the 7th floor.
Where: Dallas Central Public Library, at the corner of Young and Ervay streets in downtown Dallas. 1515 Young Street Dallas TX 75201. Find directions here:

Find more information on the Texas/Dallas History Division here

Please let us know if you are able to attend.

See you there,

Thursday, January 24, 2013

February meeting at the Dallas Public Library

Please join NTAAC at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library for a tour of the Texas/Dallas History Division, which is part of Special Collections and also houses the fine book collection. We'll take a look at the current exhibits as well as some treasured books and photographs, get a peek in their storage, and discuss digitization issues in making thousands of historic photographs and other materials accessible. If you've never been to the 7th floor of the Central Library, you are in for a treat! After the tour, we'll head over to the Farmer's Market for some BBQ at the famed Pecan Lodge. 

When: Thursday, February 21st at 12pm (noon). Meet in the lobby on the 7th floor.
Where: Dallas Central Public Library, at the corner of Young and Ervay streets in downtown Dallas. 1515 Young Street Dallas TX 75201. Find directions here:

Find more information on the Texas/Dallas History Division here

Please let us know if you are able to attend. Hope to see many of you there! 


Friday, January 4, 2013

The First NTAAC event of 2013

The NTAAC board has been hard at work arranging some really great events for 2013. There will be tasty lunches, insightful lectures, exclusive tours and educational workshops.

Our first event of 2013 is a tasty lunch at the always tasty Kalachandji's restaurant and temple. This award winning Indian vegitarian buffet is like no place else in Dallas. Yumm!

January 23rd, Wednesday, 11:30 am! 

5430 Gurley Ave, 
Dallas, TX 75223

See you there,