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Restored Treasures: Part 2

October 25, 2022 - January 29, 2023

AWE Gallery

William Kurelek, Ukrainian Farmer’s Wife in Prairie Winter, 1966, mixed media on masonite, 244.0 cm x 122.0 cm, Purchased with funds donated by the Art Gallery of Windsor Volunteer Committee and with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Recreation through Wintario, 1979

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

Join our Conservator in Residence, Spencer Montcalm, on select Saturdays from 11 am – 2 pm for a series of programs in the third-floor gallery!
Dates: October 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 8, 10 and 17. 

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.

In this exhibit

William Kurelek, Ukrainian Farmer’s Wife in Prairie Winter, 1966, mixed media on masonite, 244.0 cm x 122.0 cm, Purchased with funds donated by the Art Gallery of Windsor Volunteer Committee and with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Recreation through Wintario, 1979

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

Juanisialu Irqumia, Hunters and Polar Bear, ca. 1965, soapstone, 58.0 cm x 69.0 cm, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Donaldson, 1969

George Pepper, Portrait of Lowrie Warrener, 1926, oil on panel, 23.0 cm x 37.0 cm, Gift of John and Elizabeth Warrener, 2018

Bobs Cogill Haworth, Farm in the Valley, date unknown, watercolour on paper, 64.0 cm x 51.0 cm, Gift of the Estate of Leslie Stibinger, 2002

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