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Mary Aldrich

International Fine Arts Conservation Studios Inc.
Chief Conservator
Asheville, NC
Conservator and Artist with knowledge in the application of various kinds of paints including: oil, acrylic, lime, calcimine, and glaze. Talented in matching colors and mixing paint by hand. Trained in decorative plaster casting and traditional plaster repair, stenciling, glazing, gilding and metal leaf applications. Studied and implemented various research techniques to investigate original decorative schemes. She is IFACS Chief Conservator and Senior Project Manager - leading up to 15 employees in carrying out conservation and restoration projects, decorative painting schemes, gilding, plaster repair, stenciling, condition reports, color matching, including restoration and conservation of Churches, Theatres, House Museums, and Private Residences primarily in the South Eastern US. Projects have included: Hay House in Macon, Georgia for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, Fox Theatre in Salina, Kansas, Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Meyers, Florida, and Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Various Paint Studies for the U.S G.S.A, the States of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and New York. Muralist- designed and painted murals for new construction and existing structures. Conservator and Restorer of Paintings- cleaned, removed old varnishes, repaired holes, cracks, and tears in surface, added missing pigment using reversible, conservation grade materials. Paintings restored for collections of Georgia DNR preservation lab, Georgia Preservation Trust, Wrens Nest Atlanta, Georgia, and private clients University of North Carolina Asheville2001 BFA Art, concentration in painting. Cum Laude, Honors in Art, Honors as a University Research Scholar Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College2000 Certificate in Advanced Decorative Painting and Restoration from City and Guilds of North America. Distinction in written, course work, and practical assignments.