More than 100 patrons of Concordias Leonard and Bina Ellen
Art Gallery attended a conservation cocktail on Dec. 6.
The event, organized and supported by the gallerys board of advisors,
was aimed at raising awareness of the need to conserve or preserve more
than 50 works in the permanent collection, including ones by Jean-Paul
Riopelle, Rita Letendre and Guido Molinari.
The visitors looked at a special display of objects in need of conservation,
and were given tours of the permanent collection storage area. Altogether,
their visit gave them an appreciation of the various facets of the gallerys
collection and the importance of protecting it for future generations.
Interim Director Lynn Beavis introduced Laszlo Cser, who was flown in
from Toronto to give an address. Cser, a conservator who is recognized
for his restoration of the Library of Parliament as well as of Notre Dame
Cathedral in Ottawa, spoke on the role of the conservator in the art world.
His analogy of the works being old friends in need of attention struck
a chord with many in the room who are donors to the Gallery.
The Conservation Cocktail, the first in a series of events planned by
the gallery, and members of the advisory board have pledged more than
$50,000 toward the effort.
Helaine Kliger, chair of the board, remarked, With such a solid
base to work from, we plan to continue increasing public awareness about
the art gallery and the importance of preserving its treasures.