Sara Drew is a professional art conservator who will be walking us through the restoration of a 125-year-old oil painting and its original frame. The painting is a portrait of Edmund Holland by Willard Leroy Metcalf from 1895. Sara will go through the details of five layers of cleaning that need to happen to restore this painting and the meticulous attention to detail she needs to have to ensure that it's done correctly. She'll also be responsible for patching any tears and rips and retouching any areas where paint has been lost.

Read More →


Sara Drew, a conservator at Center Art Studio in New York City, explains how she restored a 180-year-old painting. Henry Wilkin's portrait of English opera singer Madame Lucia Elizabeth Vestris has accumulated thick layers of dirt and tobacco smoke on the surface after hanging in a Manhattan social club for years. The painting also has paint loss due to overcleaning by the last person who restored it and has tears that need to be repaired. Sara walks us through the steps of the restoration and reveals the finished restoration.

Read More →


Our continuing work on the collection of The Players Collection reached a high point last week when we returned two larger-than-life portraits after a summer in treatment.  Our friend Michael Gerbino, Chairman of the Branding Committee at The Players, writes: "After a long hot summer two masterpieces from the collection of The Players Foundation have found their way home: Edwin Booth as the sinister Cardinal in Richelieu by John Collier and Joseph Jefferson as the cowardly Bob Acres in The Rivals by John White Alexander.

Read More →