Date: July 23, 2021 to July 23, 2021
Where: Salem, Salem,, Not found, Not found, Not found, 01970
Event Type: Other
Ticket Price: N/A
Historic paint analysis is critical to understanding the history of a building's evolution through time. Paint color trends change with the years, so sometimes the identification of specific paint colors helps with dating alterations in a particular space. In earlier times, those studying paint would simply sand an area of woodwork down to the wood, creating concentric circles of paint layers. In the 1980s, architectural researchers began using the microscope as a tool to more closely examine paint layers. Christine Thomson will lead us through the various methods and findings she has made in her work in architectural paint analysis. Christine Thomson provides architectural paint analysis services for museums, historic sites, and private homeowners. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, she apprenticed in woodworking and wood finishing in California before moving to Boston in 1988. She was Senior Furniture Conservator at the SPNEA (now Historic New England) Conservation Center, and Senior Conservator at the firm of Robert Mussey Associates in Boston. She is now self-employed in Salem, Massachusetts, and serves both museums and private collectors. She performed a paint analysis of the Salem Athenaeum exterior in 2018. Free for Athenaeum Members Suggested Donation for general public: $10 PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held online via Zoom. The link for the event will be sent to all registered participants 30 minutes before program start.