Art Windsor-Essex respectively acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Walpole Island First Nation. We want to state our respect for the historical and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Restored Treasures: Part 2
October 25, 2022 - January 29, 2023
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.