The Conservation Center 
Conserving Art Coast to Coast
  December 2015 Newsletter
As 2015 comes to a close, we here at The Conservation Center are looking back gratefully on the hundreds of items to come through our doors this year. We recognize that every item that finds itself within our walls has a story to tell. If we are lucky, we have the privilege to learn those stories and maybe even share some of them with you. Many of these items capture a place and time in our communities, like this month's featured painting treatment of a turn-of-the-century snow scene in Oak Park, Illinois. Others represent very personal memories, such as the treasured childhood tricycle whose story we share this month as well. While we might not learn the tale of every item that arrives at The Center, we are honored to become a part of the history of the artwork or heirloom through the work that we do. Thanks to all of our clients for making 2015 a year to remember, and best wishes for a beautiful 2016!
A Christmas Tricycle

As we move through the holiday season, our focus turns to family dinners, quiet snowfalls, and the joyful challenge of finding the perfect gift; the gift that will be treasured for years to come. And when the years take their toll on those items, we here at The Conservation Center consider it a special privilege to help in preserving those family treasures. This holiday season, we share with you an item brought to The Center by Mary, who reached out to see if it would be possible to restore one of her favorite childhood Christmas gifts: a circa 1964 Murray tricycle. 

Oak Park Snow Scene

Although Chicago may be without the standard layer of snow for this time of the year, we here are The Conservation Center are lucky enough to have beautiful images around to remind us of a pristine snowfall. A client recently brought in such a painting, though it wasn't quite the impeccable snow scene it once was. Years of grime build-up and thick, discolored varnish had turned the crisp white snowfall into a dingy, brown landscape. But with some time, patience, and careful chemistry, Senior Paintings Conservator Amber Smith was able to bring the original colors back to this Oak Park snow scene.

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Pigment of the Month: Emerald Green

This month we continue our " Pigment of the Month" series, detailing the origins, history, and eventual discontinuation of pigments once common on the artists' palette. In this next installment, we explore the history of Emerald Green, and the chemical composition that made it both brilliant and lethal.

A Day in the Life at The Conservation Center

We wanted to share some interesting images that reflect a day in the life of The Center.


The Conservation Center looks forward to the opportunity to assist private individuals or institutions with fine art and heirloom preservation. We welcome any projects, large or small.


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