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.