Monday, March 26, 2012

Museums are so Glamourous!

Now that we have a new, vapor-barrier ceiling in storage, the installation staff and the registrar are cleaning the entire area. While they are moving things, they are taking up old carpet that is not ideal for a storage area. Underneath is glue that has to be removed with acetone. Here is Hubert Burton, our Preparator at work. Hubert is retiring April 13th. We will miss him very much! He is invaluable; very talented at lighting, carpentry, art handling, and other specialized skills.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"It's Easy Beading Green"

Sonja Brooks, our education outreach coordinator, is spearheading a community project on making beads from recycled materials. We've gotten over 2500 inventive beads from 503 student beadmakers, including 8 Kentucky counties and 2 other states.

The part that's not easy is stringing the beads to make them into an exhibition. Abby Taylor, an intern from Tates Creek High School, is helping to string the beads, as Sonja finds pleasing patterns to make a display. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!

Inventory control

Who manages the art museum shop? It looks simple, but ordering products, keeping them stored, rotating the Christmas stock all take time. Becky Hudson, our budget officer oversees this, but often needs help from the part time staffers. Stephanie and Judy took a day out to straighten things out and put the stock in order.
Sorting out cards, posters, books, jewlery and other products and keeping them easily accessible is an art form!

An art museum has many storage needs - not only art work, but entertaining supplies, teaching supplies, books and records, archives, object files -and store inventory! More later.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Getting the Humidity Right

Objects in the art storage area are covered with plastic as workmen replace the ceiling tiles with new ones that have a vapor barrier. This is part of a recent project to ensure a correct and consistent humidity of 50%.

Our registrar, Barbara Lovejoy, explains the importance of an ancient Peruvian textile to workmen who are replacing sprinkler heads.