April 2020 Chapter Newsletter
A message from our Chapter President
At a time like this, I have been thinking of the impact that qualified, trained Interior Designers have in the World Today. Through educated Interior Designers, who are able to make good decisions on the products they select, lives are impacted both now and in the future. 

Choosing a designer that is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), is the first step of knowing that the designer is educated, has experience, and has pledged to adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct.

   Design Impacts Lives
The average person spends more than 90% of their life indoors.  
Become aware and let’s all begin to turn this around. 

Stay Safe,

Jamie Stringham, ASID
President of ASID Central California Nevada Chapter
COVID-19 Resources:

ASID will be here for you during these extraordinary times. We will support you by delivering solution-focused information around COVID-19. We will help you manage your business, lead your employees and – every once in a while – bring you inspiration and delight. Social distancing may be real outside but while we are inside, let us all inspire each other.

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Please Welcome Our Newest ASID
Student Chapter at
University of Nevada Las Vegas
We are pleased to welcome the members of our
newest ASID Student Chapter at UNLV!
Annette A. Jerus, Student ASID
Jennifer Nuqui, Student ASID
Mary Brooks, Student ASID
Angely Ventura, Student ASID
Taylor Cunanan, Student ASID
Devynn Webster, Student ASID
Beatrice Martinez, Student ASID
Lori Dyer, Student ASID 
Nicole Baker, Student ASID
Kendall Marsh, Student ASID
Marcela Chapman, Student ASID
Britt Cook, Student ASID
Amanda Greathouse, Student ASID
Reyna Sanchez, Student ASID
Siraya Bell, Student ASID
Katie Ramirez, Student ASID
Caitlyn Medrano, Student ASID
Alexa Johnson, Student ASID
Aubrea Edwards, Student ASID

Advisor: Dak Kopek

Let's also say hello to our ASID Student Chapter at California State University Fresno
We also want to say hello to our Fresno State Student Chapter members!
Tyler Duncan, Student ASID
Katherine Lee, Student ASID 
Lilia Torres, Student ASID 
Rosa Maturana, Student ASID 
Shu Yee Chin, Student ASID 
Dulce Contreras-Correa, Student ASID 
Janessa Pacheco, Student ASID
Elaria Meleka, Student ASID
John Tang, Student ASID 
Cinthia Garcia, Student ASID 
Luis Quintanilla, Student ASID 
Tera Nuth, Student ASID 
Lorena De Alvarez, Student ASID 
Hilda Olea, Student ASID
Marisol Coria, Student ASID
Annette Jacinto, Student ASID
Maria Payan, Student ASID
Claire Lesko, Student ASID
Lyzette Galvez, Student ASID
Omar Aldulija, Student ASID
Valerie Jacinto, Student ASID
Advisor: Holly Sowles, Allied ASID

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Cabinet of Curiosities
Originally published in  STIR ®

Harvard Art Museums scientist Narayan Khandekar collects pigments and protects color’s role in our artistic heritage.

By Susan Dietrich
Photos by Pat Piasecki

Cracked apothecary jars, wax-sealed test tubes, flasks with glass stoppers, old labels reading “Mummy.” Special cabinets within the Harvard Art Museums crowd with approximately 3,000 preserved color samples. Below each pigment is shelved the corresponding source material: rocks, shells, roots, insects — even a sample of said mummy. Together, the assembly constitutes the Forbes Pigment Collection, each item of which has a story and a serious place in art history.

As caretaker of this collection and director of Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Narayan Khandekar, with his staff and students, establishes standards for pigment identification that get shared worldwide. At the heart of it all is a scholar with an Aussie accent and infectious enthusiasm.

Which appealed to you first? The science or the art?
I became fascinated by art galleries while getting my Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Melbourne University. I kept looking for something that wasn’t in my chemistry classes. I hoped that conservation would be my way into the art world, so I got a post-graduate degree in painting conservation from The Courtauld Institute in London and worked as a scientist in galleries around the world.

And you landed at Harvard how?
I came here from the Getty Conservation Institute. When I tried to break into this business there was no clear path for a scientist to work in an art gallery/museum. Today, that path exists. At the Straus Center, I helped establish a three-year post-doc program for fellows to gain further experience analyzing and conserving objects in the museums’ collections.

Pigment is what? And how does it differ from paint?
Pigment is a small, colored particle. It’s what gives paint its color. It needs to be mixed with a binding medium that controls the flow properties: brush-ability, drying qualities, and/or matte-ness or gloss.

Tell us about some of your most exotic pigments.
Well, there’s carmine, which comes from ground cochineal beetles that live on cacti in Mexico. Before 1856, Tyrian purple was the only purple and was very expensive, very rare. It took 10,000 murex mollusks to make one gram of pigment. When the synthetic pigment mauve became available in the 1860s, the pent-up desire turned the late Victorian era purple!
Indian yellow was dried urine from a cow fed only special mango leaves. On a research trip to Australia in 2013, we met Aboriginal artists who really value black. They use manganese dioxide inside dry cell batteries as an additional black pigment.

Which project serves as a telling example of what the center can do?
 Our conservators and conservation scientists combine art history with science to better understand the materials, how an artist uses them and how best to conserve them. One of our big public projects was the restoration of John Singer Sargent’s “Triumph of Religion” at the Boston Public Library. It required research into his aesthetic intentions, how he painted the murals, and his experiments with textures, applied surfaces and relief materials.

What can a pigment tell us about a work of art?
The Straus Center’s staff was asked to conserve five faded Mark Rothko paintings from Harvard’s own art collection. Rothko had used the unstable pigment Lithol Red, PR49, throughout each painting. We determined that the backgrounds were irreversibly faded but not the figures. Collaborating with Harvard’s department of chemistry and chemical biology, we found that the light-sensitive color had a calcium salt and the stable color had a sodium salt. For a 2014 exhibition, we digitally mapped the lost color and projected the missing color over the existing color so visitors could get an impression of what the paintings originally looked like.

Reprinted with permission from  www.sherwinwilliams.com  /
Sherwin-Williams  Designer Account Executive - Laurie Clark / 602-570-7146
2020 ANDYZ Awards
The 2020 ANDYZ Awards Submissions Deadline is this month!
Fantastic Turnout at First Friday on March 6 in Las Vegas.
Thank you to LVDC and Walker Zanger.
ASID Chapter Events for April and May
Postponed - Las Vegas: Friday, April 17 :
Postponed - San Francisco: Sunday and Monday May 17 -18 :
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Do You Need Continuing Education Units? 
As a resource for you to continue to earn CEUs while ASID Chapter events are on hold, check out AEC Daily  for many free webinars,
and free CEUs (until Wednesday April 8th) from  ASID's Online Academy

Free Webinars:

Emerging Trends in Kitchen Design
April 9 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time)

Luxury Kitchen Specification for Aging in Place/Universal Design
April 16 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time)

If you are an Industry Partner with access to Free Online CEUs for ASID members, please contact our ASID Chapter Administrator to let us know. Thanks.
Updates on Upcoming Dates and Events

All Areas:

March 29-April 1 :   POSTPONED  until August 16-19  -   Well Conference in Scottsdale.

April 27: ANDYZ Awards Final Deadline to submit.

May 16:  POSTPONED  -Alcatraz at Night.

May 17-18:  POSTPONED -*TBD   - California Central / Nevada Chapter Conference in San Francisco.

March 31 :  POSTPONED -*TBD  "Inspiration from Belgium" Shared by Paulette Trainor, ASID and Bobbie Brown, ASID .

Las Vegas:
April 3 :  CANCELLED   First Friday: Singing the Blues with Sherwin Williams.

April 17:  POSTPONED   -*TBD  Celebrate the unique architecture and designs in Downtown Las Vegas on ASID's Walking Tour, to honor Art, Architecture, and Design Month.

May 5 -7:  CANCELLED -   HD Expo.

May 11- 15:  CANCELLED -   UNLV Design Student Display at LVDC in Bldg A Atrium.

May 16: UNLV Student Graduation Ceremony.

March 27:  CANCELLED  - Cal State Fresno Senior Display and Reception.

May 22:  CANCELLED  -  Fresno State  Student Graduation Ceremony.

May 14:  POSTPONED   until October  -  Vendor Fair. Meet Jamie Stringham, Chapter President & Jessica Gahan, Chapter Communications Director. Plus Meet and Greet Event.

*TBD- Date still to be determined

Visit  www.cacnv.asid.org/events  for details.