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Restored Treasures Part 1

February 19, 2022 - May 8, 2022

AWE Gallery

Lawren Harris, Trees and Snow (aka Winter Landscape), ca. 1923, 1950s, oil on canvas, 102.0 cm x 86.0 cm, Purchased by public subscription and with a grant from Wintario, 1976

Conservator Spencer Montcalm guides viewers through recent and key conservation projects from the AGW’s Collection in Restored Treasures. A behind the scenes exploration of the material characteristics and ageing of art. Learn more about the depth of art conservation through the exhibition, education programs, and digital tools.

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 from Queen’s University, specializing in paintings 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. He has also worked with the Art Gallery of Windsor’s collection and the City of Windsor’s collection of public sculpture and monuments.

In this exhibit

Lawren Harris, Trees and Snow (aka Winter Landscape), ca. 1923, 1950s, oil on canvas, 102.0 cm x 86.0 cm, Purchased by public subscription and with a grant from Wintario, 1976

Robert Whale, View of Niagara Falls, not dated, c. 1880s, oil on canvas, 140.0 cm x 94.0 cm, Purchased in memory of Rev. Bro. E.S.J. Paulus with funds from the Estate of Marie Paulus Anneke, 1975

Seth Arca Whipple, The City of Windsor, 1890, oil on canvas, 112.0 cm x 56.0 cm, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Oncea, 1973

Marcel Barbeau, Racines Sonores, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 138.0 cm x 137.5 cm, Gift of Chantal Laberge, 2021

Tom Hodgson, Painting, 1955, oil on Masonite, 145.0 cm x 125.0 cm, Gift of the family of Gordon Stein, 2016

Media

Marcelle Maltais, Detail, before (left) and after

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