Thursday, January 31, 2013


We have a new banner for the Art and the Animal show - and the Polar Bear brought us some snow!

We are housed in a large arts center, and the museum is hard to find, so visibility is a problem for us. Surely they will notice this bear.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Getting the Labels Right

An important part of any exhibit is getting the labels right - the right information, the right tone, the right size type for visitors,proofreading-- and the right placement! We were using inside-out rolls of tape to make them adhere to the wall,but our new preparator has introduced a product  that dispenses double-sided tape, making the job much easier. Here are tags showing label placements, and Lisa, taping a label to the wall.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Art and The Animal

Artworks are being placed and hung on the first floor of the museum. The new exhibition, Art and the Animal, is the flagship exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), whose aim is to promote excellence in the portrayal of both domestic and wild animals in art. The artwork is excellent, and it will be a fun show!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Art and the Animal

Today we are opening the crates that contain the Art and The Animal show. Here Janie, our curator and Bebe, our Registrar have just unpacked a work entitled Harpy Eagle- Talons, by David N Kitler, SAA and placed it on a table. The curator uses a "dollhouse" mock up of the galleries, and postage-stamp sized scale replicas, to try and anticipate placement.  The quality of the work we are seeing is very good.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Designer Breakfast

In the midst of winter, floral designers visited the art museum this morning to choose a work of art that they will interpret through floral arrangements for our annual Art In bloom weekend. These designers are the heart of Art in Bloom,and their gorgeous displays in late February brighten our outlook and hope for Spring!

For more about Art in Bloom, visit our website at

Monday, January 7, 2013

Taking down the Faculty Show

The Mettle show was memorable, but is being returned to the artists. Meanwhile, our preparator Alan Rideout is on the lift, using a blow-dryer to remove the vinyl lettering from the walls.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Starting Over

Well, it's back to work today and we have a lot of art to take down.  The faculty show, Mettle, is being de- installed. All the work has to be handled very carefully. Here the registrars are wrapping journals that are covered with wax in a polyester fabric that is acid-free and safe for the art. The fabric is really made as lining fabric but it works for this, as well.

These artworks are by the artist Rae Goodwin, and  called  Ever Shifting Landscape, 2012. The artist covers journals with wax to express the shifting,changing nature of relationships as part of the ebb and flow of life.

Of course, we need to take that holiday tree down, too!