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Flashlight Tour with Spencer Montcalm

Time and Date: Thursday, December 15th, 6pm – 6:30pm

Location: Third floor galleries

Curator Spencer Montcalm will shed some light on AWE’s permanent collection during a flashlight tour of Restored Treasures Part 2. Use your flashlight and uncover the hidden secrets behind AWE’s treasures and learn what happens behind the scenes at AWE!


In Restored Treasures Part 2, conservator Spencer Montcalm guides viewers through recent and key conservation projects from the Art Windsor-Essex collection. The exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes exploration of art’s material characteristics and ageing. Highlighting artist techniques and ways of working, see how research on the creative process guide the treatment plan. Through material analysis and non-destructive imaging, insights into the creative process can be revealed.

Admission is Free. Attendees can make a monetary contribution to AWE or donate non-perishable items to support CBC’s Sounds of the Season. All non-perishable donations will be donated in support of the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association.

Photography and videography will be present throughout the event. By entering this event site you agree to be filmed or photographed which may be used for marketing or promotional purposes.

Meet the Curator: Spencer Montcalm

Spencer Montcalm received his Bachelor of Science (Honours), with a specialization in chemistry and visual art, from the University of Windsor. Intrigued by the chemical materiality of fine art, he obtained a Master of Art Conservation degree from Queen’s University, specializing in painting conservation. Spencer completed internships at Fraser / Spafford Ricci – Art & Archival Conservation Inc. and the National Gallery of Canada conservation laboratories.After his studies, Spencer worked in the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory at the National Gallery of Canada. He then moved back to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, to start a private conservation practice. Spencer has conserved artworks by prominent Canadian artists such as A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Evan Penny, James Wilson Morrice, and Alex Janvier.

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