Frame Conservator Presents at Belmont

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This 1929 painting of bride Miep Halff, housed in a one-of-a-kind, “tabernacle-style” frame, will be the focus of frame conservator Sandy Jensen’s presentation.

Frame conservator Sandy Jensen presented “Frame to Painting: The Gentle Art of Matchmaking” at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. In the lecture, she shared the history behind Melchers’ “Brabant Bride” with museum visitors.

Jensen presented her illustrated talk on the 1929 painting of bride Miep Halff, housed in a one-of-a-kind, “tabernacle-style” frame, which was recently restored from years of deterioration.Jensen outlined the techniques and ethics involved with the frame’s restoration, and also touched on artist’s objectives in matching their paintings to frames.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by UMW, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Va., a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge. The museum also serves as the official Stafford County Visitor Center. For directions and other information, call (540) 654-1015 or visit the museum’s website.