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Autumn Meet and Mingle 2011

On November 10th, BAACG invited members as well as emerging conservators in the Bay Area to meet with each other over food and drink.  The gathering featured a joint presentation from Michael Graves and Candis Griggs Hakim discussing the treatment, mounting, and housing of three Ojibwe dolls.  Along with the talk, guests were invited to introduce themselves and get to know one another.  The gathering, hosted fabulously by Michael Graves and Michael Grover at Arcadia Framing in San Francisco, was a resounding success.  Aside from a autumn-inspired spread provided by Melissa Stone, emerging conservators who attended got a chance to introduce themselves and learn about educational programs around North America while other attendees got a chance to mingle with their colleagues and enjoy each others company.  Thank you to all who attended and to those who made this meeting a possibility!

Article submitted by Melissa Stone

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Photos by Mike Jennings

Phoebe Hearst Museum Tour 2011

On October 1st, 2011, BAACG had the unique privilege to tour the Phoebe Hearst Museum on the UC Berkeley campus.  The current exhibition (The Conservator’s Art: Preserving Egypt’s Past) features a variety of ancient Egyptian artifacts.  This exhibit is fairly unusual in that its conservation efforts are a prominent part of the presentation.  This is, of course, in order to increase awareness of the value (and expense) of conserving these artifacts.  Placards on the wall describe not only the artifacts but the processes and techniques used to stabilize or restore them, and there is a functioning conservator's workstation in the middle of the exhibit, operated a couple times a week by one of the conservation staff.

Following the tour, about a dozen of us enjoyed a lovely lunch at the elegant Henry's Pub at Bowditch and Durant.

It was a delight to talk shop with Ms. Williams and her team, and we thank them kindly for taking the time.

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