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Bring beauty back to old paintings

Hobby to explain techniques Sept. 24

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Beth Hobby, who will present a program about painting restoration and conservation, holds a painting that has been half cleaned. (Photo courtesy of Grundy County Historical Society)

Beth Hobby will present a program for the Grundy County Historical Society about painting restoration and conservation. The program starts 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the historical museum in Canalport Plaza, 510 W. Illinois Ave., in Morris. The public is invited to attend the free program.

Hobby has been repairing, cleaning and revarnishing old paintings for 40 years, and has some interesting stories to share, including instances when paint spattered on a portrait and an antique landscape handed down for generations had a hole punched through it.

Although her presentation approach is tongue-in-cheek, Hobby will share technical restoration techniques, show many of the chemicals and supplies involved in the work and will have a cleaning demonstration.

She learned restoration and conservation techniques during a two-year apprenticeship after earning a master’s degree from George Washington University. She estimates that 1,000 paintings have benefited from her techniques. 

For information, contact the Grundy County Historical Society at (815) 942-4880.

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