Saturday, August 18, 5 pm
Behind The Athenaeum
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Pulled Pork, Brisket, Ribs, Chicken
Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Cornbread
Beer, Soft Drinks Included
Albert Bierstadt’s The Domes of the Yosemite is back home at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. In October 2017, ArtCare Conservation carefully removed The Domes from its massive frame, rolled it onto a large cardboard tube, and drove it to Miami, Florida. Once there, they repaired a tear in the canvas, adhered the canvas to a liner backing to protect it from future stress, stripped off the old synthetic varnish, and applied a natural varnish which brought out the vibrant colors not seen properly in decades. Then beginning in January 2018, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL proudly displayed The Domes, the first time it had been seen outside The Athenaeum since its Art Gallery opened in 1873.
The transformation of Albert Bierstadt’s The Domes of the Yosemite is spectacular: what once looked like a valley shrouded in mist now appears as a nearly 3-dimensional view of this glorious natural American landscape. Special thanks to ArtCare Conservation, The Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, the USDA, and the hundreds of donors who supported the restoration of The Domes and the installation of a state-of-the-art temperature and humidity control system.
A National Historic Landmark since 1996, The Athenaeum continues its renovations and improvements to maintain its beauty and cultural relevance. Projects include a complete Athenaeum renovation in 2001, renovation of the Fairbanks Children’s Library in 2010, new skylights in the Art Gallery in 2011, and now the restoration of The Domes of the Yosemite. We look forward to additional projects at The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum as we plan a celebration for our 150th Anniversary in 2021.
The Domes of the Yosemite is now on display at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL until July 8. ArtCare performed an exquisite restoration, and we can't wait for The Domes to return in mid-July so we can celebrate its homecoming!
Great article from Feb. 23 Orlando Sentinel with video HERE.
Nice article about The Domes at the Morse Museum HERE.
Watch a time lapse video about packing up The Domes HERE.
Watch the 5-minute video about packing up The Domes for its Miami move HERE.
See an excellent article about The Domes HERE.
Why is the painting gone?
The canvas is weak at the top edge and needs to be lined with a strong lightweight fabric to reinforce it. Other work includes removing old vanish, repairing a damaged area near the bottom edge, and minor inpainting and consolidation.
How was the painting removed from the Gallery?
On October 11 the painting was rolled, painted side out, around a rigid large diameter tube, and trucked down to Miami. See an example at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Where did it go, who is doing the work, and how long will it take?
Rustin Levenson, Owner and Founder of ArtCare Conservation, will supervise the work at ArtCare’s Miami, Florida facility. Conservation may take three months. http://www.artcareconservation.com/
When will the painting return?
After conservation is completed, the painting will be exhibited at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida through early July 2018. http://www.morsemuseum.org/ Chicago industrialist and Winter Park, Florida philanthropist Charles Hosmer Morse was born in East St. Johnsbury, VT in 1833, and joined the E. and T. Fairbanks Company in 1850. He ultimately became the controlling partner in Fairbanks, Morse & Co. headquartered in Chicago. In 1942 The Morse Museum was founded by his grand-daughter, Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89), and named for her grandfather.
The Domes of the Yosemite remains the sole property of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and will be reinstalled at the Athenaeum in July 2018.
Photo credit: Jerry Johnson
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"The Domes of the Yosemite" will be gone until July of 2018! At 150 years of age, the painting needs some TLC. It will spend the winter in Miami at ArtCare Conservation, and be on exhibit at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida after conservation. Be sure to join us in July 2018 to welcome The Domes home to the Athenaeum!
Watch the 5-minute video about packing up The Domes HERE.
See an excellent article about The Domes HERE.
Bruce Barret of Maine has loaned the Athenaeum a micromosaic table that has come down through his family. The appraisal describes the table "Italian, Third Quarter of the 19th Century." Mr. Barret has visited the Athenaeum for years. He has an affection for the institution and had seen the Athenaeum's two mircromosaic pieces on many visits. The table has been in his family for years coming from his grandfather. Mr. Barret said, "I thought it would be nice to show it to the people in St. Johnsbury and other visitors to the Athenaeum".
Athenaeum Director Bob Joly praised the condition and beauty of the table. "This is a very fine example of the art. The flowers and doves, and Greek-key motifs are found in other great examples of this kind of work. We are very grateful to Mr. Barret for loaning this beautiful table to the Athenaeum to enhance understanding of the art form."
Saturday, July 22, 4-8 pm. Pig Roast, Rosemary Chicken, Award-winning Sausage Appetizer, Side Dishes, Beer, Soda. Tickets $20 per person; $50 per family. Purchase tickets by calling Scott Davis at 802-745-1393 or sdavis@stjathenaeumorg.
Calling all kids who would like to be part of a puppet show team! I am looking for a group of kids who would like to work on puppet shows over the summer. The Puppet team would do shows for Storytimes, family events, and the end of summer celebration for Summer Reading. If you are interested, contact Adele West-Fisher (802-745-1391),Youth Services Librarian, by Friday, June 9.
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